Today was the last day of my four day colored pencil class with Kristy Kutch in Lake Geneva. I cannot believe that it took me three days to complete the little graphite/colored pencil piece, but it did. It only measures six by six inches, but I find it very difficult to be very productive during classes. I've been trying to decide why that is. There are distractions with all the people sitting around working and talking, but I have distractions at home too. There's the telephone, the cat, the computer, household chores. Certainly time is spent in class describing techniques and demonstrating with different materials, so I don't draw then. There's an hour lunch, and I'm not one to sit at my chair munching from a brown bag. In a pleasant resort town like Lake Geneva, especially when it is as sunny and warm as it was this week, it's very difficult to sit in a lower level windowless classroom all day, especially when the lake is spangled in sunlight and a calliope is playing in a block filled with primary colored circus wagons. I know, excuses all. At least I was able to complete one painting.
As I mentioned before, Ms. Kutch is a personable and very generous instructor who takes a real interest in every student, novice and experienced. If you'd like to see some of her work and read about the book she wrote, check out this site: http://www.artshow.com/kutch