They asked her what she wanted for her birthday.. She replied: "A painting by Helen Tilston of my school". The school is situated on fifteen acres. There are stables. Horseback in both English and Western style riding lessons are offered. There is a barn, with cows, calves, sheep lambs, goats,kids, a donkey and a pot bellied pig
As an artist we rarely find a perfect composition and at times buildings, trees and objects must be moved to make for a better composition.
I set up my French Easel and began blocking in my image. Suddenly I heard a little voice say:
"Miss X.. she is here, look, look she is here".
The teacher came around the corner, followed by twelve students all aged about 8 yrs of age and said: "Can I ask who you are and what are you doing" ( I introduced myself. She looked shocked and said.) "We have just read (I did not get the name of the book)............and the protagonist in the story goes around sketching continually and I have also just been talking to my students about Monet and the French Impressionists. We studied his Cap D'Antibes painting. Then seeing you here, it is as though we are seeing a vision".
I continued to the stables and worked on my compostition. The rain came and I had to take shelter and call it a day. My work thus far. I shall return to the school for at least one more painting session and hopefully meet some more joyful teachers and students and hear more stories.
|Roughed in sketch of barn with Elvis in his stall by Helen Tilston|