I started working in the corner of my classroom at the American International School of Port of Spain, Trinidad during the two years I taught there in 2011 and 2012. It seemed to me that the students learned more from the fact of my working than from anything I could tell them. When I was working they were focused on their own projects and quiet. This is not normally the case with certain teenagers.
I tacked up good paper and worked on a half dozen oil pastel paintings at the same time, working until I couldn’t see anything else to do. Some seemed to make themselves and others were a real struggle. I tried not to worry about it but just move with energy and some unknown intention, excited by the color and the texture of the “paint”. It was a little like going to the gym or taking a long run, physical and healthy too.
Some stand well by themselves as works of art. Some are ideas, directions to be developed perhaps in oil paint on canvas. It was a very exciting aspect of my work in painting for those years.
RW. Surabaya, Indonesia