I have a totally different day job. I teach first graders. I've been teaching for a long time. I know how kids act and I know what to do to teach them. I know my strengths and my weaknesses. Art is so different than teaching in some ways. In doing artwork, I feel so vulnerable. As if I have painted my heart and soul into something. I have to push myself to share my work sometimes. After I've painted or gone through a process with a piece, I am so happy with the piece but there is always something about the piece that I can't get quite right. Each time I do a drawing or a painting, I figure out different things that I hadn't even thought of before. Sometimes, I will complete a piece and not be satisfied with it. I have to hang on to it until I can go back and figure out what I need to do to rework the piece. It is truly a way to go and stretch yourself.