Art of the Week – Still Life, Again

Doing a good still life painting is a skill.  Tad’s new teacher, Teacher M, is absolutely amazing at still life (some of her pieces are up at the studio) and it was the first major “project” the class was going to do.

Each kid assembled a little collection of toys, fruit, animal figures, or other objects that could be composed into a picture.

You’ll never guess what Tad included in his still life.

The top figures are a fox smoking a pipe, and a cat, with a spoon, all balanced on top of a cup, with a shark lurking below.  Tad accidentally clipped the fox’s ear a bit when he was painting the background, but still.

One of the other teachers who Tad knows, Teacher J, was in the adult painting class last night working on her own piece, and asked how Tad was doing.  I told her I thought he was doing well, but I wished he would take more time to complete his pieces, instead of trying to rush through them each week.  She nodded and said, “Well, all the kids do that.”

Someday, I hope Tad develops enough patience to really put some thought and time into his work.  He’ll get there.

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