She left it behind.

“It can be for someone else.  Or you can scrape it down and use it again.”

The little one I revived.

The little 6″x 6″ panel was left on the orange side table.  She took her other two panels and works on paper home.  How did she decide to leave this one?  I have a sense it’s because the little panel didn’t look like what she had in her mind.

It comes up again and again when I teach these encaustic workshops.  People start with an idea and because they stay fixed on this idea they can’t see what is coming to life in front of them.

“What is the painting saying?”

She looked at me strangely.  I don’t think this woman was used to slowing down and listening.  Paintings do talk.  Loudly too.

And this is why five women were with me last Sunday.  They wanted a creative day where they could lighten up, be free in their work and exercise another part of their brain.  Everyone goes home just a tad different.  I like that.

I also like that teaching these classes demand that I pull up all the tricks, tips, ideas, solutions and possibilities I know.  It makes me problem solve on the spot and I often learn new techniques from my students.

Monday night I took all the demo panels and the “little” one to my work area and began layering and listening.  They’re in a better place now; possibly done.

a better place

They won’t be left behind.