Here's a peacock painted by my young student...I think it's wonderful! It has been such a pleasure to share what I do with someone else who is quite passionate about art, too. We're at the halfway point in my lessons but I still have a variety of media to share with her...oil pastels, printmaking, conte, oil paints. I'm particularly glad that she enjoys working in paint as it's my absolute favorite medium.
This weekend local artist Anita Singh will be sharing her knowledge of mixed media during the Jr. Artist Program. I'm really looking forward to helping the kids learn something new and a bit different. Plus this time they're working on stretched canvas...I think they'll love it!
Every day that I work in my studio I feel grateful. Painting makes me feel so happy, and I'm glad that I've practiced this my entire adult life. When I think of people who are uncertain I wonder why I've been so lucky? Not that I haven't struggled. It isn't easy sharing such personal work publicly and leaving yourself open to criticism but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I think I realized early on that I love doing this work of my heart and hands. That it's the process I love and so I should just enjoy it. Thank goodness. Don't get me wrong...it's a real privilege to share what I love with others but it's really the act of creation that gives me the most joy. I guess that's what this life is supposed to be about...finding the thing that gives you joy.