Margaret the magnificent
My partner has a new painting teacher this semester. Her name is Margaret. I’ve decided to name her ‘Margaret the magnificent.’ I’ve not met her yet I like her!
She has told the class if they paint in oils, they must complete at least one project in acrylic and vice versa. Bravo! Yippee! Hallelujah!
Anyone who makes Andrew paint in acrylic, is owed an almighty cheer. It’s worth it just to see the sneer on his face.
Now he will tell you that he doesn’t look down upon us acrylic artists. That look he gets on his face – as if he’s been force fed a wet boiled cabbage – that isn’t oil painting snobbery. He would have me believe it’s something else. Yet I know the truth. It escaped one day. It was when he used words like ‘real paint’, simultaneously deriding collage as ‘decoupage’ or worse, scrapbooking.
I do my best to point out that some of the most famous artists of all time, like Picasso, have used collage. (I wish I could put into print the way in which Andrew pronounces that word. Perhaps I should only ever write it with italics. Collage. Insert sneer here). Each time he says it, I feel like collage is a tiny little grub of a man who dared to set foot on a pristine, historic, landscape. Mr Collage and Mr Acrylic are small minded men who had the ridiculous notion that they could compete with Master Oil. Big, pompous, Henry the Eigth sized OIL.
I’m sure that I’m not the first mixed media artist who has been told that acrylic is inferior; it’s only for those who can’t paint in oils; it’s not for real painters. The galleries don’t help. The word acrylic must be shunned in professional practice. Whenever I go to gallery I discover ‘polymer’. Translated, I think that’s acrylic for pompous people.
The weekend Andrew undertakes this piece of homework I shall ensure I am struck down by a ‘sudden chill’ – Importance of Earnest style – so I do not have to bear witness to his dissatisfaction; his glum face; his annoyance with this inferior material.
With beautiful buttery mouthwatering paints such as those made by Golden on the market, I’m surprised that this ‘class system’ of painting continues. I’m delighted to see that Margaret the Magnificent is helping to break it down.