This past week was spent struggling to figure out the complex textures of the Primula leaves. I was expending a lot of time and effort and getting unsatisfactory results. My process—underpainting, then layering colors dark to light—just wasn’t working. By the time class started Tuesday night I was really frustrated. But, a brief conversation with Susan1 (Susan Rubin), and some encouragement from Susan2 (Susan Dimarchi), and I was back on track. Not even sure what they said, but the mere fact of being in the classroom got me to focus and see what I was doing wrong. Two instructors for the price of one! SBAI rocks! I still have many hours of leaf drawing ahead but I’m feeling much more confident.
The lesson? GO TO CLASS! That’s where the magic happens.