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|Still life setup for "Doughnut Break"|
|"Blueberry Pie Party" (oil, 12" x 16")|
Last Thursday night, I was giddy with happiness. I will tell you why. In one of the last classes of the winter term, my teacher, John Murry, set up two very different still lifes: one with a blueberry pie and the other with donuts. I got stuck with the pie, candles, and red colander and had to struggle with the painting, wondering why anybody would put a colander on a celebratory spread. The lucky group with the donuts had fun, all producing expressive, yummy-looking paintings. I was sore.
I had forgotten about the experience, having sold the blueberry painting and all, until I saw what John had brought for the class--donuts and more donuts! He bought so many that he said the lady employee at the donut shop looked at him funny. Well, we behaved and didn't touch any. There were other things to eat after all. The teacher kindly baked a peach cobbler for the class; a student brought a big bottle of wine and crackers. It was the last class of the school year. We have learned and grown much thanks to John. Time to party!
"Donut Break" painted itself, really. When you are excited about the subject, the hand holding a brush seems to dance on the canvas. Look at the difference between the donut painting and the blueberry pie one. The old painting appears restrained, whereas the new painting is brimming with expressive strokes. The former looks correct, while the latter looks happy. Which party would you rather go to? Which dessert looks more appealing to you? A donut, anyone?