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Just by painting the front door open, it's such a great lead in for this scene to be classified as a narrative painting. When I worked as the Family Program Assistant at the New Britain Museum of American Art,in New Britain, CT one of my favorite things to do with a group of middle school kids or younger is to sit in front of a painting and just ask a few simple questions... like.. "what do you think just happened in this scene?" or "Who could you image walking through that door next?" ... it was amazing... you could almost see the wheels of their imagination start to spin... at first silence... until the first brave soul would speak up... then a second, and by the time the third child spoke... the whole group would chime in adding on to each other's story... and what creative stories they would come up with!
So while I was working on this painting I tried to come up with a clever, funny or imaginative story to tell.. but instead... all I could hear is my father's voice saying " What do you think you live in a barn?! Shut the door!"
oh well.. maybe something will come to me tonight and I can edit my post... or perhaps a young child will walk in the studio with their parent tomorrow and I can sit them down in front of the painting pretending we are at the museum.
Here's a quick 4 minute sketch of today's painting
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