I distinctly remember this time last year, I had been stressed beyond belief, I didn’t even think about what I wanted to do in order to create the month of May into a month I would always remember. In TALONS, the month of May is truly the climax of the year. It’s the month that is always packed with surprised both good and bad. This time last year, I clearly remember only being ready for the bad. It was that mindset that had me go through May on a negative note. Last year, in-depth turned into something to check off my reminders instead of being something I enjoyed doing; however, what I find truly different this year is that although I am actually much busier with homework, it hasn’t caused me to be even half as stressed as last year. I came to the conclusion that this may be because I know what I’m getting myself into this year, and also because I enjoy my in-depth a hundred times more this year.

As for my progress, I finally finished the pear painting! It took much longer than expected, yet it also developed into a painting that I thought was beyond my abilities. I never imagined that I could paint reflections and glass until much farther down the road. The greatest satisfaction is when I finished and just observed it. A painting I spent more than a month on, stressed, and panicked about actually came out better than I could’ve dreamed. I spent such a long time painting shadows and reflections I started to fear I wouldn’t even finish the painting before in-depth night! In the end, when I stopped worrying, I was able to finish the rest of the painting in my next two sessions. Grace said it’s one of my best paintings, and that kind of compliment encouraged me to keep going.

After finishing the pear painting, I got straight to work on the next painting. At first, I wanted to paint an orca whale, but it occurred to me that the detail on a painting like that would take longer than my given time frame. I noticed that I can’t spend as long on this painting if I want to get this painting done by May 25th. My issue now is that I only have two more sessions until in-depth night as one of my sessions is cancelled due to the adventure trip. I will probably have to set up double sessions during one of the weeks because I don’t think I’ll be producing my best work if I’m rushed. On a brighter note, the new painting is coming along great. The new panting is different than any of my other paintings because it’s scenery scene. During these past 5 months, I’ve always painted still life figures; however, I wanted to try something different this time. The painting is a lake that reflects the sunset and mountains that surround it. I’ve taken a liking into painting reflections because it looks impressive, yet is surprisingly effortless for me. I’ve made good progress, but I’m finding it difficult to create a 3D feel on my mountains. No matter what shades of paint I tried adding, my mountains seemed flat. Grace said that we would discuss how to fix that during my sessions next Tuesday.

As for De Bono, interruption hasn’t been a very big problem between Grace and I. The only time I can recall interrupting her during a conversation is when Grace told me that I could switch to Wednesday classes, but I had to interrupt her and say that wasn’t possible because I have no ride. On the other hand, I’ve had lots of problems with other people interrupting Grace and I’s conversations. On Tuesday classes, there is a total of 11 people in the class. That is huge compared to the classes I used to do that consisted of around 5 people. This has been a problem because I tend to need Grace’s help a lot, but people will interrupt us during our conversation to ask her for help as well. I’ve learned to work and accept this because I can’t take away other people’s time with her. I just work on another part until Grace has the time to come back and help.

De Bono also touches on the topic of attitude. During my sessions with Grace, the two attitudes that tend to show up the most is excitement and optimism. Every time I paint something that I consider successful, I can never stop smiling. When Grace comes over to look, I always excitedly show her how proud I am. As for optimism, there was always problems during the process of painting. The real question is, what attitude to go into a problem with. Grace and I would always try to be optimistic. If I had really messed up my painting, it was no problem. We would keep a good mind set and calmly fix whatever was needed.

As for now, keep up with my progress here:

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finished painting
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