Sometimes it’s not possible to focus on making work. Today was just one of those days, with a lot of bad personal voodoo going on, but I still feel as though it was productive and successful to some degree. My students worked hard and well, making tricky contour drawings of ribbons look good and working at their paintings to produce some very good quality pieces of portraiture. They’ve effectively learned the basics of old masters painting. I dare say that the students in both classes have done some of the best work I’ve seen coming out of the introductory classes I’ve taught. I’m having a zen moment as far as that goes!
I’m thinking about rivers as metaphors for journeys. I wonder where this will go. I need to get into the virtues – perhaps some water imagery will manifest in them.