the writing in her hair is part of the speech i gave at squam: the truest reward has been the inner joy that seemed to permeate my life once i acknowledged my creativity and gave it a voice. i made this piece in judy’s art journal class at squam a couple of weeks ago. she taught us many great techniques to use in the pages of our journals, but i applied them to this canvas piece instead in hopes of learning how to incorporate more techniques in my paintings. see that butterfly in her chest? it’s a transfer – thanks for teaching me that, judy! oh yes, she also showed us how to use our white gel pens to write over black squares in our journals which inspired me to write inside of my girl’s dark hair (which i love). i love learning new things and incorporating them into my paintings. and more than that: i love judy wise.
i arrived home from art+soul yesterday and immediately headed out the door again for another five days. i am trying very hard to stay grounded in my heart in between the chaos and movement of my life lately. and staying grounded in my heart meant spontaneously following john to southern california this week while he works at the hospital here. our hearts know the way – every single time.
the classes i taught at art+soul went really well. i’m still recovering from sleep deprivation, chatty + frenetic conversations with my friends, book signings, vendor nite, meeting lots of new wonderful people, and giving it my all as i taught for the first time ever. in short, i’m exhausted. teaching taught me so many things that i’m still trying to wrap my head around, but i walked away from this experience ultimately feeling incredibly grateful for the opportunity that glenny gave me when she asked me to teach (thank you, glenny!). the students, with their flexibility and tenderness toward me, had me feeling protected and well loved. they were also a funny bunch, super talented, enthusiastic and many of them kept me on my toes with good questions and ideas (i learned so much from them about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to demo’s, timing, and even products to use). even with all of the goodness, i do think that my gut instinct of not filling up my schedule with a ton of teaching next year was a good one. as much as i enjoyed it, i’m really wanting to keep my teaching experiences as intimate and limited as possible so that the magic of it continues….
thank you to everyone who were in my classes, who smiled at me in the hallways, who told me their stories of reading the book, who cheerfully introduced themselves, who supported me as i took this leap…i am so thankful. thank you, too, to my friends who let me process every second of the experience in loonngg (sometimes tearful) conversations. the emotional journey of the last several weeks has left me feeling incredibly joyous and exhilarated, but also a tiny bit lonely and strangely off center, too. i’m working it all out…it’s an incredible wave. and one that i’m so proud to ride.