6. Learning by osmosis.

My mother believed much of her artistic skill came from learning how to ‘see’, and therefore how to paint. This had been learnt during her time ‘sitting to’ and she named it ‘learning through osmosis’. Through the time spent modelling for Stewart McLennan, Barc and Joan Fanning, Pat had keenly absorbed and retained their painterly ponderings, mutterings and musings, shared freely with her as they set up and executed their work.

Later as I watched my mother guide new painters, she would pull out samples of ripped pieces of coloured paper to block over an area of their painting. Made to stand back, the student would be able to see if a ripped paper addition fixed a tone or a line and whether its addition would then make a plane of light or colour succeed or not.

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