Teaching

Still


My kids love asking what time it is on the other side of the world and enjoy their expressions on their faces when I explain that some where in the middle of the Pacific ocean it is almost yesterday and right next to it, almost tomorrow. So isn't it interesting that we use the phrase 'Take the time'? 

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. -Eckhart Tolle

Take the time.


Amateur


This collage is based on pieces from a Philadelphia Museum of Art t-shirt that I've had since high school!  I cut up the frieze and pediments and put the words on them after considering the artists featured in the museum.  I know that I can't be the only artist that gets pangs of doubt. So fretting artists---here is your reminder! All great things begin small.

Since every journey does indeed begin with the first step, does that therefore mean that people who travel many steps down the road of art all become artists? Practice making perfect? Or is every person born an artist and they just loose it along the way? I've been preparing for a fun demo to do with my son's cub scouts den (art elective.. yeah!) and I want to bring home the point to these young minds that I believe that every person is indeed born an artist. That "drawing a straight line" is why rulers were invented and that stick figures are to drawing as crawling is to walking- important! The lesson here is to keep at it. The more you do it, the better you get. And if you lost it along the way, pick up a pencil and start again.

Resting


I love how the birds in my neighborhood hang out together at the top of trees and watch the sunset every night. It's like they sit around chit-chatting about their day while watching the gorgeous Florida sun set in all its glorious colors. When I mentioned it to my kids, they said paint it!  One of the people attending my mixed media class had used birds as a theme for one of her own pieces and I thought, why not? A new motif.


So I'm sending out a big thank you to Jane and my mixed media class for inspiring the teacher!