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Private kickin it with paint

Discussion in 'Pandora College' started by Robb Stark, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. Robb Stark

    Robb Stark A Song of Ice and Fire

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    Jan 17th, Year 7
    @Jocelyn Morgenstern

    A number of things had happened to Robb over the last several months. He was slowly starting to get over the loss of his entire family. Becoming the Commander had taken up as lot of his time and given him something to concentrate on. Something to fill his time with. Learning everything that needed to be done on a day to day basis had taken him a bit of time. The previous Commander, before he had vanished, had been a good one. One that kept the right things in the right places, even if everything wasn't fully written down. Robb had been able to cobble together the pieces though and was reading up on the policies for dire situations in the spare time he had at work.

    From there it had been hunting, getting himself into some messy situations, and getting out of said messy situations. Enough to keep a man busy but once everything was settled... well it was more difficult to fill his time. Robb had managed to turn away from the drink for awhile now. Only drinking as he once had. That was a habit that he didn't want to fall back into. It had been a bleak, lonely, confusing period of this life. Robb really didn't want to go back.

    One thing had stuck with him though. Painting. He had met a woman in a bar and she had expressed the fact that a hobby would help him. She had been a painter and had said something about the college. Robb had wound up drinking far too much that night so the details were still a little fuzzy, along with the woman's face. But he remembered her being friendly. Remembered that her words had been kind when they didn't have to be, so painting didn't seem like that bad of a hobby here in Pandora. Not something he would have known back home but here? Well, Pandora was always a different story.

    So Robb had signed himself up for one of the classes. He has still brought his sword since he had to carry it home afterwards but everything had been placed to the side of the painting... station? Something along those lines and he stood there waiting for the next step in all of this process. Robb had... no clue what he was doing. Just remembering some friendly advise and trying to follow through with it.

    OOC: Hope this works! Let me know if you need me to edit anything?
     
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  2. Jocelyn Morgenstern

    Jocelyn Morgenstern The Mortal Instruments

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    It was going to be a quiet evening tonight; Jocelyn could just feel it. She had prepared quite a few paintings in advance of today's class. She took complete pride in her work and took every effort in what she did and what she presented to her class. Today she was teaching them some more of certain basics and how to choose specific colours to suit moods. It was not a surprise really that her palette had taken a turn into darker shades. She had been through a lot and it wasn't getting much easier for her. She supposed one saving grace was that her husband had still not found his way into this place. Well, she could only hope that it stayed that way because she could not bear him being here. What she really wanted was her son back. She had hoped that having Lucian in Pandora might save some of her sanity, whatever was left of it. However, he had left soon after she had found him and she couldn't help but feel they should have had more time. It wasn't like she would wish this place on anyone but she wanted a friendly face here. It struck Jocelyn that she didn't actually have that many friends.

    With that lovely thought permeating her thoughts, Jocelyn made her way to her class. There was one person already in her room and Jocelyn could not help but feel completely surprised. She couldn't stop a small smile escaping onto her lips as she looked at Robb in front of her. She could still remember that night, and obviously he had as well. Jocelyn couldn't imagine that it was a coincidence that she had told him about her art classes and now here he was, signing up to one. Well, she was thrilled that her words had some impact on him. He was obviously willing to try and that was all you needed really to start painting an excellent picture.

    Jocelyn walked in confidently, setting down her canvas. She turned to face Robb with a smile, "Hey, long time no see." She pointed out, as it had been a long time since she had seen him in that bar. "How have you been?" None of her other students had turned up yet so it was just them for now. At least this time they were both completely sober; Jocelyn wasn't sure how well she would be able to handle one of those types of conversations again, especially in her present mood.
     
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    Robb Stark A Song of Ice and Fire

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    Robb knew that Jocelyn would be here. Or rather, he had a good idea that she might have had a chance at being here. It was one of the reasons why the red head had shown up in the first place. Probably because she had been nice to him at one of the darker moments of his time here in Pandora. Not overly nice, because then things would have been skewed a bit for him. Overly nice never felt genuine. But she had lectured him a touch and that had done more for him than many nights of drinking.

    After all, what other reason did he have to drown his sorrows. Plenty of others here in Pandora had gone through the same sorts of things. It had helped him when his other siblings had vanished not long after. If Robb had still been in that downward spiral, he would have gotten into much more trouble. And not become the Commander when the previous one had vanished. So that similar event in another case had done more for his "career" here than anything else, but it was still a lot to grasp if Robb thought on it too much.

    So the red head wanted to thank her. At least, something along those lines, and this had been the only connection he remembered from that drunken night. He also hoped that he could find some sort of hobby that was healthier than his previous one, so if Robb didn't run into Jocelyn somehow, then he would be alright for the night as well. He'd have to learn something but that wasn't the worst thing in Pandora, was it?

    Except she was walking towards him moments later and Robb couldn't exactly help it if he perked up a little at the sight of her. After all, it wasn't like Robb had many people he was friendly with anymore. A little bit of friendliness was something anyone could hope for, right? "Hello, it has." He smiled at her because he was going to be friendly. He was only grateful towards her, which was a big reason why he was here. "Uh, better. Better than before. I..." Except that was the awkward part, wasn't it? Admitting how bad things had been and thanking her for her words. "I... thanks for that." Awkward probably was a light word, wasn't it?
     
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    Jocelyn Morgenstern The Mortal Instruments

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    Jocelyn was thrilled that Robb had taken up her advice to try a different class and especially to try out painting. It was a therapy she highly recommended to most, given that when you were painting you have to allow yourself to be completely consumed by what you're doing, rather than thinking of every small detail. It was a way to detach from reality and from whatever was going on around you. Jocelyn had been painting a lot more in recent months because of that very reason. She didn't have much to celebrate at home, or much to keep her occupied. She had gone from a full household to no one. Everyone had left her now, and she only had Magnus, Alec, Simon and Raphael left in Pandora. All of them were from much further in her future, and she didn't feel she fitted in with them as easily as she might have liked.

    As she set down her things, she rounded the desk so she could face Robb, "Oh, it's no trouble. Glad to help." She shrugged her shoulders and pulled a shawl around them. The heating had obviously not come on quite yet in the classroom, but then, Robb was a little early. "I'm glad you're feeling better." She said with a gentle smile, "And of course taking up painting." She brightened up quite a lot at that statement and grinned towards him.
     
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    Robb Stark A Song of Ice and Fire

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    A paint brush still felt rather odd in Robb's hand. His finger tips were not use to holding something so foreign. Pens and quills were fine and standard. The wood of a bow or his sword, also standard. But the way you were supposed to hold a paint brush? That was something entirely new to Robb. He wasn't sure if he was doing it the right way or if perhaps there was something wrong with the way he moved it. His own brush strokes were never as neat as the others.

    "It's certainly been an interesting journey." The red head gave a bit of a chuckle as he looked back towards the canvas he was supposed to work on. They were supposed to be painting some sort of scenic thing that could be done in a single night. One of the women in the class seemed to think that this occurrence happened with wine. Really, Robb would have objected to such a thing. But apparently that was not what someone did at a school so the previous teacher had objected to it.

    "Unless you have some tips for a novice?" Robb was not kidding himself about his own abilities. This was supposed to be a hobby. Something that was fun. It was hard to have fun at something that you were not entirely good at though. It was almost as if he were a little worried that someone would wonder why he was even in this class to begin with if he had no skill at all. The point was to learn, but he was not what one would call a "natural".
     
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    Jocelyn Morgenstern The Mortal Instruments

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    Jocelyn placed her hand on top of Robbs and helped guide his fingers onto the paint brush with a grin, "Try to hold it like this, not like you're about to stab someone with it." She remembered him saying last time about knowing something of combat or being trained for it, so it was an easy mistake to make. For her, painting had come first and training later, so she hadn't gone through the same process. She felt as though painting and combat went hand in hand with the way in which situations were processed and their hands moved. Perhaps she would be able to convince Robb of this too.

    "Do you want to get started before the other students turn up? I could give you a little help on the basics?" Just small things like how to prepare the canvas and get the right amount of paint for the brush could be daunting for a beginner.
     
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    Robb Stark A Song of Ice and Fire

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    The entire point of this had been to speak to Jocelyn and to pick up a hobby. Robb was trying. He had a habit of trying hard at whatever it was he put his mind to. To whatever might have been expected of him. Except no one here really expected anything out of the red head. They kind of didn't care where his skill level sort of lay. It was odd for Robb but he had adapted well enough. Just relaxing. This was all supposed to be relaxing.

    He was probably holding it more like a knife than anything else though. What else was he supposed to hold it to? The woman leaned over to help him. She wrapped her fingers around his in an attempt to show him how he was supposed to hold it. It wasn't like Robb was touched very often either. It had been more common back home. Hugging his family. His father rustling his hair. Sparring with Jon or having his teacher correct his stance while shooting a bow and arrow.

    But in Pandora there was a lack of touch that Robb had been aware of. It always made him feel odd when it suddenly happened. Like he was giving it more attention that he should have, mentally, because he felt like he was sort of... starved for affection, as it was. He didn't know whether to be mad at himself for being silly or upset that it affected him so much.

    Robb still paid attention and made sure to move his fingers so they were grasping the brush correctly. It was an odd motion but he was still holding it firmly in his hand when she pulled away and offered to help him before the others arrived. "I'd actually appreciate that. Thank you. Not as natural with painting as I had hoped." He smiled easily and gestured with his free hand at the painting. "Feel free to start with the most basic of basics, obviously."
     
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    Jocelyn Morgenstern The Mortal Instruments

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    "Well, to start off with the most basics of basics would be to tell you how to prepare your canvas, but fortunately for you I already did that, so you can start straight away with painting rather than us waiting for the canvas to dry. By that time the other students would probably be here anyway.

    If you grab some of the paints which are off to the side just over there and once you've done that, just copy what I'm doing on my blank canvas here.

    Now all you really want to do is just put a small piece of paint on the edge of your brush like this, so that it isn't running off the brush or down onto the handle, because all that happens then is you end up with a painty hand, which frankly no one wants.

    Then, once you've got the paint on your brush, you need to hold the brush like I showed you earlier and start to brush on your canvas so that only the smallest part of the paint gets left behind on the canvas. We only ever start out painting small, short strokes because that way we can build it up.

    Here, if you watch me, I'm painting the grass here on the bottom of my painting, and it starts out all as pale green, and then as I build it up by adding more layers of paint to the canvas, you can see the depth of texture and the different colours I've been trying to use.

    Now you try."
     
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    Robb Stark A Song of Ice and Fire

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    And just like that the situation changed all over again. Because Jocelyn had taken the time to take on that "teacher" voice that Robb knew all about, he listened. Carefully as every thing she was passing on to him was new for him. Determined to make use of this extra advise instead of just letting it pass through. Even though what she was saying was border line a lecture on the entire subject because it really included all the basics that the woman could have thought of!

    Furrowing his brow, Robb leaned towards the canvas to make sure he was following what she was saying. Getting the hang of making sure he was holding the brush right more than anything else. He really could do nothing more than try. "I think I understand." Jokingly he spoke the words as if he were making fun of himself a little bit more. Kidding aside he felt as awkward with a paint brush as he did with a mace or a gun in his hands. Like it didn't quite belong there.

    Making sure he followed her instructions Robb put a little bit of a paint onto the brush and held it carefully to the canvas. No one could doubt that he was concentrating on anything but the work at hand. Only the smallest part of paint was probably the most difficult part. Probably because Robb felt like he was supposed to smear the stuff against the canvas. Quickly.

    Robb relaxed though and followed through with her instructions. Soon enough he was pulling the brush back to make sure that he actually hadn't smeared it across instead of "brushing" it. To build up a layer he was going to have to go back again along the edge. Understandably it was a bit worrying but he had to get it over with, didn't he? Very carefully the red head swiped along the edge to mimic the movement on his own patch of grass. Where hers was understandably clean and neat, his was still a bit sloppy and heavy handed. Xi River it was not but Robb was making due. Yet he didn't know how he felt about his own painting technique. Zooming in on his sloppiness he tried again, keeping the brush as neat as possible.
     
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    Jocelyn Morgenstern The Mortal Instruments

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    Jocelyn settled at her own canvas after delivering her instructions to Robb. She knew it was a lot to take in all at once but it was easier than giving him little broken instructions because it wouldn't flow properly and that would affect his painting. Painting had to flow like an extension of your own conscious and Jocelyn was trying to help Robb into that process. She was still building up the paint on her own canvas. She wasn't sure what she was actually painting yet, but no doubt it would be revealed to her in no time.

    "You look like the paintbrush is going to leap back and stab you." She observed playfully and gestred to her own wrist, "It should feel like an extension of your hand, like it's always been there." She explained as she washed her paintbrush and changed colour. As she did she stole a look at Robb's current painting and nodded in approval. He looked to have done a good job, even though he had never held a paintbrush before. She had seen much worse. One student had once been so nervous he'd toppled his own canvas board before the paint had got anywhere near it. They'd spent the rest of the lesson cleaning up after him and little else had got done, "Keep trying like that; looks good so far."
     
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