Profile of an Artist

Kelly will be missed as she was a wonderful student and we had great fun together! She began coming in to my studio with basic drawing and proceeded with Acrylics. She leaned about color values and their importance in painting. We also looked at one of Monet’s Giverny Gardens and her first assignment was accurately duplicating the colors that she saw in his painting . I told her that a lot of the masters began learning the same way and that”seeing like an artist” was a very valuable skill.
She brought in photos as an assignment, one of which was a village in France where she had visited and we developed them one at a time. As she continued learning, she worked on a profile of her process and used it as a presentation in one of her World Studies assignments. I thought that it was a perfect subject for her to share in her class and was very touched that she chose her work with me. . She told me that she was going away to college and wanted to paint a gift for her mom. She brought in a photo of Notre Dame and we worked on that. Kelly was so very proud of it and so was I as she stood proudly holding her painting on the day that she left. “I will miss you Kelly. The best of luck in your exciting journey. Keep creating, Joy.”

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