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-- 19 February, 2006 --

Outside the comfort zone


At the point in my life where I have finally come to the recognition that I actually like my comfort zone and can see little point in going outside of it, we get a new teacher for our Monday evening art class.

Mark is young - by my standards. He sports a little pony tail at the nape of his neck and boundless enthusiasm. He told us in the first class that he now makes his living from his art - which is scary enough for a group af amatuer hackers - and then proceeds to change the format of the class. No longer do we have a benign little lady who quietly circulates through the evening making encouraging comments and letting us leave early if we have had enough. This dynamo moves around the room at a pace, making at least two passes and leaving in his wake bewildered students trying to reconcile past successes with his new and different suggestions.

'Stop making all of the lines go in the same direction' he said to me, when I thought that I was using the direction of the lines to describe the shapes.

'Your shapes describe themselves - be more expressive with the lines' he says, as he points to one feral scratch that I had intended to tame later - 'That is what I mean.'

At the end of the session we all have to line up our efforts and he comments, or we comment, on ourselves or on others. 'It really wasn't so bad, seen at a distance,' I wimper.

Even the new love of my life has to get into the act of being the critic!


Posted by robynls at February 19, 2006 8:19 AM

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Great stuff! Think working outside the comfort zone is going to do you some good Robyn! This wild young thing of an art teacher souinds like he should ring the changes in your work, and help you to progress even further. I'm looking forward to seeing how things progress - Monday will soon be here again!

Have fun in the revitalised art class!

Posted by: Blue at February 19, 2006 6:31 PM

I have to agree with Blue - the 'wild young thing' has got you working on a new level. Go with it, the ride looks like it's going to show some wonderful new elements in your art. Even the new LOMF is seeing things in your work that beg a closer look.


Posted by: Gail at February 19, 2006 9:23 PM

You have me laughing! It sounds like a lot of fun, and looks just wonderful!

Posted by: Linda at February 20, 2006 7:46 AM

You seem to have mixed feelings about your 'tormenter' -- part of you seems to have enjoyed being driven out of your comfort zone. I like the blocks, too -- speaking as someone whose every line slants to the left.

Posted by: Nancy at February 20, 2006 3:06 PM

Art is in the eye of the beholder. I don't think I would care for a critic as a teacher, though one probably learns more. :-)

Posted by: Bonnie at February 22, 2006 12:19 AM

I feel you did really well outside of your comfort zone. I like the picture.

An your sweetie is adorable. I'm getting one too this weekend. I can hardly wait.

Posted by: mz. em at February 25, 2006 1:09 AM

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