|Kangaroo and her Joey|
watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce
One of the fun excursions we did in Australia was to visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park. It was a fabulous place that had the native animals of Australia: kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils, to name a few. (Tom called it an adult petting zoo.) I LOVED IT.
So of course, we had to paint a kangaroo. After we left Melbourne, we had another sea day. That day, I had 34 students!!!! It was a bit much, and I had a hard time getting around and helping everyone. Poor Tom was scrambling to get more tables set up. None the less, the students did a fabulous job. Take a look at the ones below. I think you'll be impressed at my novice painters.
Pam, George, Dolores and Cheryl were my regulars! I loved having them in the class because they were so enthusiastic. Pam and George aren't novices; they have painted before. I even saw George painting on the back deck of the ship one day. Pam invited me to come home in her suitcase.
Gosh, I love my students!
What I think is interesting, it that everyone was given the same photograph, and yet we all interpreted it differently. It's like your handwriting; it's uniquely different than the person next to you.
(By the way, I hope my students will email me if I spelled your name wrong so I can correct it. We want the world to see your great paintings.)
Bonita Springs, Florida
Wells , Maine