Monday, July 16, 2018

Paulo Coelho on Teardrops

“Tears are words that need to be written.”
Paulo Coelho
Eleven Minutes, The Alchemist, and Like the Flowing River 
Dear Friends,
After teaching for as long as I did... I suppose it's not uncommon to have a few tragic stories along the way. Tragedy brings tears and tears need to be written down. This is a detail of a painting I did in class as an example of a certain technique. And yes, you might have noticed how the demonstration paintings were a bit hurried and less articulate, however, it wasn't unusual for me to paint one of my students as a way to demonstrate techniques. This painting is called Jeorge. Now Jeorge was one of my student who loved art. In fact he took the progressive track through my art classes meaning that he was my student every year for three years in high school. He was a senior when I did this painting. Right after graduation he was in an auto accident and died. It was a devastating loss and such a sad funeral as he was so young. Yes... lots of tears fell from many of us that summer.