Last week, I started and sort of finished an oil painting in two hours. I did not have good control over my materials — too much turpentine in my oil paints meant that everything kept running. Colors got blurred and I worked frantically to restore the painting. But even in what seems disaster, great beauty can arise. My teacher and classmates said “Stop. It’s beautiful right now”. And they were right. I have a beautiful impressionistic nature scene in which everyone seems to see a different landscape. All it needs to be complete is a nice wooden frame that Bob says he will help me make.