Thursday, April 3, 2014

Love, love, love.....to Wichita

What an overwhelming week I, we, had! I can't say enough about my wonderful group of students at my Loosen Up Intensive workshop in Wichita, Kansas. As an instructor, each time I come to work with a new group I approach them with an open heart and give it my all. This time was no exception, and I was rewarded with a warm, open, loving response. Of course this is not unusual, but it just hit me differently this trip.

I am so very lucky! I have the best job ever! I get to help people make art; art that they may have been yearning to create for years and years. Maybe when they are in the workshop, they may not create exactly what they have in mind for themselves, but I get to validate them and nudge them on their way, support their efforts. Sometimes I get to help folks whose creative lives had been put on hold because life didn't unfold in ways that afforded art making as a viable option. They want back in and they have made time an invested in themselves to take one of my workshops. What an honor! I am very humbled by this.

We had twenty students in class and I so enjoyed everyone! I threw a lot of info at them and worked them hard, but they all stepped up and created some great work that I hope will lead them into new territory.

 I was the juror of selection and awards for their national show and attended the opening last night. I had the opportunity to give an award to one of my students, (she was so excited), and to say a few words to the lovely group who attended the opening. The Wichita Center for the Arts did a lovely job of the reception. It was a truly elegant event to honor the artists and support the arts. Thank you Molly and Amy and everyone at the center who made it very special.

O.K. this is not from Wichita! I'll post some of those pics when I get them!

 Happy Painting!!!!

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