When I left Virginia in 2004, I left many former decorative painting students behind. While I knew I would miss them, and the fun we had in class, I was ready to cross over to watercolor. But the immutable fact is that I’m just not good enough to teach watercolor, so I’m back to teaching decorating painting. Since I have dozens of prepared classes and samples painted, starting over has been easier than I expected.
Our first class went three nights over three weeks for 3 hours each night. Most of these students are true beginners, yet all of them grasped the stroke work quickly, and I believe all of them are happy with their pieces. At least happy enough to sign up to another project, an acrylic sheep on canvas to start the end of March.
I LOVE being in a room of creative people, whether I am teaching or learning. I really enjoy sharing what I know about this art form, and the camaraderie was evident at the introduction of the first class. Everyone made new friends. Painting partnerships formed.
I’ve interviewed at the new Hobby Lobby in Statesville and have been hired to teach all-day Saturday classes of my choosing. The jury is out on the Hickory store, and I’m still waiting to hear. But in the meantime, I’m putting those classes together as well; one class for two stores; one half the prep work. Got to love that.
I’m in a “window show” at the local record store on Main Street for the month of March. I have photos and will post about this soon. But the biggest news is that I’ve decided to take some private lessons from a very seasoned artist in Asheville by the name of Jason Rafferty
I have asked for still life instruction, with a focus on composition and drawing. I could also use more color theory as I find in my own work the most difficult part is finding the right colors.
Check out his website, especially the “Heirloom Tomatoes” and “Farmers Market Gourd” that you’ll find if you scroll nearly to the bottom of his first page. It was these two paintings that attracted me most. Wish me luck!