Tuesday, August 25, 2009

SIDE TRIPS part seven—Another Side Trip

During our instruction WBL did a PowerPoint presentation including other artists. work.

I liked this artist's work. WBL said he had become too lazy to paint like this.

Sample of another artist's work. So random--- (I was starting to get visions of Missoula Art Museum, --see Side Trips part three below). Another sample. So unusual and original and thought provoking. So not my style. By the middle of the second morning’s lecture I had stopped taking notes. I could tell by eye-rolls from some of the other students that I was not the only one who was perplexed. Mr. L said we should paint like we were rich and sent us back to work. There would be a critique at three that afternoon. Irritated. Annoyed. I didn’t want paint like I was rich. I’d brought quality expensive watercolors and paper. I probably could have painted like a five-year-old and enjoyed it if I’d had a bunch of cheap acrylics or poster paints. I also wasn’t ready to waste my time-off-without-pay to be miserable in a little cinderblock room. I finished what I was working on not long after everyone left for lunch. I left the illustration on the table, gathered my stuff and walked out. I went for a drive through the nearby farm country, trying not to think about blowing money on tuition in an amount that could purchase a Kenmore Refrigerator. Spotted cows and ponies stood up to their bellies in thick pasture. Gardens overflowed with flowers. And everywhere I went I could see Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands to the west.
I made a phone call to Linda Sue and left a message on her machine. She has a wonderfully entertaining blog called, All I Ever Wanted. She also happens to live only half an hour up I-5 from where the workshop was being held. We’d never met, but had emailed and made loose plans to get together when she learned I would be in her neighborhood. All the time I was driving around I had a song in my head. It ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
If’in you don’t know by now
An' it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It’ll never do some how.
When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
Look out your window and I'll be gone
You're the reason I'm trav'lin' on
Don't think twice, it's all right… So long, Honey Babe
Where I'm bound, I can't tell
But Goodbye's too good a word, babe
So I'll just say fare thee well
I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don't mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don't think twice, it's all right Good ol’ Bob Dylan. Can’t sing worth beans, but he has a way with words. I ended up in Anacortes at the ferry terminal. I‘d spent some time in Port Townsend and I knew a huge ferry took passengers, cars and trucks to Whidbey Island. I asked the man at the ticket window how much for a ticket to Whidbey Island. “Why would you want to take the ferry to Whidbey?” “Because IT’S-AN-ISLAND.” Patiently he explained that I could just go down the highway and drive over the bridge. Oh, I said in my best Emily Litella voice…Never mind. The bridge goes over what is called Deception Pass and is an amazing feat of engineering.
It is actually two spans over a deep turbulent channel. Note the shadow of the bridge on the water. As the tide changes, the water in the channel churns like a washing machine. Pretty impressive. Check out Linda Sue’s story of sailing through Deception Pass. Speaking of her… When I got back in my car she had left a message on my cell. We chatted and made plans to meet the next morning in her town. No problem.


olivia said...

Okay, so maybe having a different style isn't a good thing. Holy moly! :-O

Well, it's made for an extremely interesting story and I'm enjoying the multiple posts you're writing up ... looking forward to the next episode.

Janie said...

I love your header photo. And I'm thinking you'll surely enjoy your visit with a blogger friend...
Just the great scenery should provide some inspiration, even if you didn't get any from the instructor.

Kara Bunnell said...

I think the time spent out of the classroom was better spent and much more fun than the time in the classroom. way to mak eth ebest out of a rather sour encounter. :)

Linda Sue said...

This is exactly the reason why I do not enroll in classes or workshops anymore- This sort of thing happens too frequently and then I feel horrible about the unrefundable expense...I would rather travel down the road, babe! I can never really plan anything either for the same reason, as a consequence I probably miss out on alot of educational experiences (like yours...) I just can not deal with loosing cash for no good reason- I am cheap. My hope is that you can get some of it back- and return to the PNW when my brother is not here and I can take you somewhere cool...

Leenie said...

I'm with you Linda Sue. A burned child dreads the fire.


I'm glad you are getting out and enjoying the area around and not sitting and weeping in your room.

He sounds awful.

Anairam said...

Oh, my goodness, Leenie, how horrible for you! This course just sounds so NOT right for you! What are you going to do? Persevere? I hate thinking that my time and money are wasted. Hmmm, it is obvious you are not going to learn the luminous watercolour thing here - so if there are more sessions left, what about just going with the flow and experience more of the opaque thing, even if that is not what you came to learn. Anyway, Linda Sue is sure to make you feel better! And thanks for your comment - mentioning my weirdness in the same breath as our blogfriend LS - I take that as a Great Compliment!

Anairam said...

Oh, oh, I forgot to mention - I know it is not your style, but that third picture is by Marlene Dumas (originally from SA) and it is actually really fantastic - but you have to see it in real life! (She is one of my favourite painters, some of her work is quite disturbing though and not everybody's cup of tea...)

DayPhoto said...

Very well written. Sorry about the instructor, but I have a feeling you are just way better than that person. Your work is really very good.