Thursday, November 12, 2009

Outcome: Painting #14

And the tape comes off! I LOVE this painting, and apparently I'm not the only one.

(I'm going to rant now, so please feel free to skip this part)
I've had problems with people not respecting my studio space; storing their supplies, 'borrowing' my palate knife, using my paper towels, that kind of thing, nothing major, just annoyances. However when I got into the studio this evening someone had MOVED my paintings and TAKEN my easel. I realize it's not MY easel, but there are plenty of easels in the main studio. Maybe it's not that big of a deal, but every semester I've painted I've had at least one painting spoiled by someone's negligence. GRR.

(Now back to the story)
George has occupied an independent study space for almost as long as I've been taking painting classes at the college. He graduated in the spring... but he's still around. He's been working on developing his portfolio and redying his applications to grad school. John Hull, the department head, who was teaching a class at the time, walked by. He joked with George about making him pay rent and made some disparaging comments about the painting he was working on, all in jest. Later in the evening George was looking at the painting above as John walked by. John said, "Oh, so your looking at a painting I actually do like," causing me to throw my arms up in victory. John, at least with me, will not offer his opinion unless asked. So I was really jazzed to hear he liked it.

You can see some of George's older paintings here. (I don't like his website)
And look here for John Hull's work.

Also Cliff Peacock, one of my favorite painting teachers, is currently on sabbatical. He is a finalist of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009. Which means that he'll have his painting up at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in DC. THE F-ING SMITHSONIAN! Very proud to call him my teacher.

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