A few weeks ago, Max came into my office/studio and said, “I’m bored.”
I offered him a few options. One was to paint. He said, “Yes!”
I asked if he wanted paper or canvas. He chose the canvas board, then picked out
a few of my brushes and I helped him set up his workspace on the dining room table.
He didn’t want an easel, saying, “Painting flat is better for me.”
I helped him put out colors (he wanted the acrylics), water, some rags and paper towel.
He was clear on which colors he wanted to start with (blues) and what he wanted to paint (a bird).
While painting, he called me over and asked:
“What do you think of this color?”
I replied,”What do YOU think?”
Then I continued, “Max, I love your color choices. But its your painting. You get to decide if you like it, if you want to change it, if the colors are the ones you want. Really, all that matters here is if YOU like it. If you’re happy with it.”
He carried on. M used a lot of water and realized that if he tilts the painting, that very watery paint will run. Instead of it potentially being a “oh, no, my painting is ruined” moment, we used this discovery for good. M took it in stride. I showed him how he could dab off extra water if he wanted, and explained that even if it ran, that he could choose to keep it as part of the painting.
Then he said, “I’m really interested in making a realistic eye for the bird. All my pieces have some realism in them.” He spent a lot of time on the eye and he talked more about how important it was for him to do.
M said it was a painting of a Robin and also of a Flamingo, but didn’t want to title the painting too specifically.
So, here it is, “A Painting of a Bird” by Max Halberstadt Turits, August 2015, 11″x 14″ acrylic on canvas board.
Love and peace,