"I feel like a bad guy this time of the year," I said to Bethany.
"Because all I feel I do is crush children's dreams of what they want to paint."
We're approaching the new year and many of my classes start new painting projects! I love it, but if I have to tell one more student "no" to painting a Hello Kitty or Doctor Who police box or a tree someone did at a Sips n Strokes party, I may cry! It's not that I don't enjoy a fun painting party or want to lock Hello Kitty away from the world. And I love the Doctor (nerd alert). But what most of these rejected projects have in common is they would take one sitting to complete if you are working with acrylic. Why does it shock my students of all ages when I tell them the minimum time of working on their paintings will be three to four months?
I'm not saying you can't be a speedy artist. I'm actually faster than a lot out there, but in a world of microwaved-insta-fast-directly-right-away-popular-nowness, fine art still takes time. And that is beautiful.
Da Vinci took four years on the Mona Lisa, and Michelangelo, along with his team, was on scaffolding for four years in the Sistine Chapel.