|I don't mind if cows watch me and, |
you know, critique my 2-color palette.
The last time I painted outside in a public space, a family stood behind me for several minutes watching me block in the underpainting. Then as they turned to leave, the woman said doubtfully "Well, I'm sure it will be very nice when it's finished."
LOL! Thanks too much, lady!
It's a real conundrum when passers-by want to engage with me while I'm painting, or even just watch me. On the one hand, I don't want to give painters the reputation of being curmudgeonly, and you never know if that's a potential customer hovering at your elbow, or maybe someone beginning a passionate interest in painting.
On the other hand, I'm not there as performance art—I'm enjoying the park in my own way just like anyone else, and it distracts me to have an audience. I'm not comfortable with it: it's no more enjoyable than for someone to stand three feet away watching me read a book!
The worst experience I had (so far...) was with an adorable, inquisitive little girl who wanted to ask me a million questions about EVERYTHING. I bore with it as long as I could, then eventually told her, as gently as possible, "I'm sorry but I can't paint and talk, I can only do one." She ran away from me like I had thrown scalding water on her! Yep, I'm great with kids.
Arrgghh. I feel terrible about that. Parents, be warned: don't let your children approach strangers in a park.
Is anyone else bothered by on-lookers, and what do you do about it?