We're back at Lakeridge High with Group 2 of the students that are learning encaustic. There will be 3 groups, just so you know. These guys only had about 20 minutes to complete their paintings. In addition, they shared brushes and torches just like the first group. But they were much more rushed. Not that the portraits suffered one bit. I believe sometimes it is good to have the wolves snapping at your tail; you don't have time to overthink what you are doing.
You see, we know how to do it. Every one of us knows how to do it. We just have to get out of our own way and let ourselves proceed.
Are you gasping in amazement yet? Gosh, I think these kids are awesome.
Imagine the distractions. Like me walking around the room saying "5 minutes! Pick up that burnt sienna and get those mouths drawn on."
And then the little things that invariably slow us down; spilled pigment, a torch that won't light (oops, turning the knob in the wrong direction) - these guys never touched torches before Monday. So they're trying to pick up everything at once.
Of course they are teenagers. Dont even try to think as fast as they do. They sponged up the directions and listened attentively.
There is so much life in these faces; such tender expression. I'll bet they wonder themselves how they pulled off such mature paintings.
This is every single one; I was diligent about leaving no one's work out.
There is nothing in the world more thrilling to me than watching someone 'get it'. We are all creators. We can make awesome things and paint pictures that astonish ourselves. That's pretty cool.