Snow days and art

Because of my job and the fact that I live in the Midwest, I have the occasional snow or cold day. This week, I’ve had three of them. I find that I have been able to get a bit of artwork in. When I have a long cold day and nothing else that has to get done, I’m relaxed and can focus. It’s nice to have this time and I will have to make them up in June so I may as well appreciate it! 😀

New work spaces

I worked late last night.  I was on a mission!  My office is a mess.  It has paperwork piled up everywhere.  My new Wacom tablet was hanging off the computer table.  In order to work, I had to squeeze past piles of papers and art to reach my chair.  I was tired of trying to work in that space.  In fact, I never work in that space.  I always lug my computer downstairs (it is a laptop) and work at the kitchen table.  So, last night, I got to work!  I started unloading my bookshelves to begin finding a spot for my new-to-me art books.  I moved my computer to a different table so I can sit facing the room instead of the wall.  I know have an empty table!  I can paint, draw, and do paperwork on my empty table.  There's plenty of space for my Wacom tablet to fit next to my laptop.  There's more organizing that needs to be done but I am happy with the space. 

Motivation and art work

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.