I painted this group of Hostas planted in the shade.
Most of the time I enjoy hearing the comments from people behind me while I paint. Especially when parents try to explain to their children, what it is I am doing .
"Oh look dear, there is an artist. Isn't it beautiful? Look at how he paints with a brush. It's just like your paintings from pre-school."
At those times, I must admit, I begin to feel a little bit of pressure. Here I am at a critical point in this child's life. I could be representing this kid's introduction to the "Arts". His entire early art appreciation development is in my hands. How do I explain to a 4 year old that I am only just beginning and he shouldn't judge me or my work at this point,
"This is the under painting... I actually do more than these few lines and scribbles... I am only mapping ..."
The kid turns and looks away. I am about as interesting as the shade. He sees another child with a can of soda and runs off.
We have lost another generation.
Oh well, I had fun coloring yesterday.