A Note to My Art Students

Wrote a rather bold email to the members in my art class. Last week was tough. People were quitting. I’m sure if it was a different place, they’d be swearing at me. For veteran artists, we’ve all been there. Feeding into all those negative voices, doubts, and fears can eat you up if you let it. This was a bit of what I wrote them today:

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Many of you ended up with dark and muddy colors on your paper. You mixed a lot of stuff and it wasn’t all pretty. But those dark greys, scary greens, and endless blues are necessary. It helps those other colors shine that much brighter on canvas and that’s what last week’s classes were about.

You may have felt like you were wasting paint. You didn’t waste a thing. That frustration you felt, tap into it. Own it, and challenge yourself to feel it again.

Making art is an emotional thing. You’ll discover more about yourself painting than probably most moments in your life. Watching TV, surrounding ourselves with noise, or being workaholics for someone else’s dream all take us away from our greater truth.

Why we’re here and what we can offer the universe. That’s what matters. I make art to tap into all of these things and I’m still learning myself.

If you have time today, no actually, make time today–think about things you’ve been feeling lately. Feeling damn good about life? Relish in it. Got some regrets, or fears? Own it. Dreaming of a brighter future? That’s wonderful.

Think long and hard about where you are in this exact moment and be prepared to experiment with documenting that on the canvas tomorrow.

Really eager to see this group develop and grow into something magical. Because art is magic, right?

First Week of Art Classes in Abu Dhabi = Fun!

Good morning,

Last week I did something that seemed rather scary, but was so exciting: I taught my first art classes! Six people came to my home on Wednesday and another 7 on Thursday, and for two hours we talked about value and form, I gave a brief demo, and then I let go of the reins and let them paint. They did fabulous!

Teaching art is strangely exhilarating. It’s not for everyone, and sometimes good artists don’t make good teachers. I was pretty scared for weeks but my excitement to share my art knowledge was far greater than my fear of venturing into the unknown. By the time my lesson was planned and my students started pouring in, I was on a roll. It’s nice to teach the core idea and then sit back, and just guide the class participants to a finished painting.

 

It has been such a great opportunity, and I was even contacted by a woman here in Abu Dhabi that wants me to teach her kids at her home. It was the perfect offer because I really want to be an art teacher for kids one day. I had great art teachers growing up and my mom found me great spaces to paint as a teen. To be able to provide that for kids years later is a dream of mine.

So, today is the day for my second week of classes and I’m so excited to meet the new faces just joining us. I was thinking we’d continue our lessons on tones and values with a nice session of landscape painting.

Hope to post more soon! The class participants are so talented!

Oh, and I’ve made two sales on Etsy last week. Score! 😀

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