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          On the Academic Cottage                    1898                    Ilya Repin

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Page from the recent interview by Bob Bahr of The Artist's Road co-founder John Hulsey in Outdoor Painter (Plein Air Magazine). John shared with Bob his experiences this fall being filmed by PBS St. Louis while he demonstrated plein air paintiing high above the Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois.
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Mind Over What Matters

Perspectives No. 233

Watercolor Painting by John Singer Sargent
Miss Wedewood and Miss Sargent Sketching     1908     Watercolor     John Singer Sargent

   People are often a curious mix of simple, universal needs and complex desires. The basic needs for food, shelter, heat in winter, love of family and the companionship of peers we can all relate to. If, and when those necessities are met, we are free to explore and indulge in our desires - perhaps to learn a new skill, and that's where things can get really interesting. What we desire and how we go about realizing those desires has a lot to do with our psychology - how we view the world, what we choose to believe about ourselves and what we perceive. A pessimistic person has a very different take on things than an optimistic one. A shy, withdrawn person has different expectations than a gregarious, outgoing one.

   Many times these individual perspectives really come out in a painting class. Over the years I have learned that what influences a student's progress is determined less by the technical aspects of painting and more by the psychology of the individual. A student  who believes they can learn to paint and feels that they deserve to succeed at it will learn much faster and struggle less than the opposite approach. To be sure, some of this success is the intensity of desire, but the bulk of it may just be mental. And nowhere is this more apparent than in a basic watercolor class.

   Initially, watercolor can be difficult, at best, to control. Because this lack of control is immediately and visibly apparent in the first attempts at painting, watercolor seems to tap into our deepest feelings about ourselves. The process of trying something new and not succeeding is uncomfortable and perhaps unfamiliar territory for many of us. When exercises don't go as intended, I frequently hear students make self-criticizing comments about their abilities to ever get things right, or follow directions, or something else quite apart from painting. This is especially true with older, otherwise very accomplished adults. It seems as though we have forgotten what learning is about - trial and error - and so we search for some personal reason why we are struggling with the first few tries. The least confident students think they are performing worse than everyone else - the most confident students tend to see the failures as just part of the process. I always take these different perspectives very seriously and work to remind each person that it is just a piece of paper, some water and paint!  And if we mess up in watercolor painting, as opposed to life, we can always turn the paper over and try again!

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