With 2019 nearing an end, I wanted to share some of my own closing thoughts. The most significant thing that I've been experiencing lately is just the freedom to do things in my own fashion. By this, I mean being unique in my expressions as an artist and as a person. Not overthinking or mimicking or trying to be something other than me.
It feels like a lot of ballast has been removed from me because I no longer care to pursue something outside of myself. It's such a freeing feeling to search for myself. Some books that have helped me with this have been: The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I'm currently about halfway through The Four Agreements and highly recommend it to anyone who likes personal development books.
I'm wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year. I wonder what 2020 will bring?
Another semester is in the books and it always makes me sad and nostalgic. What I love about teaching is that each class is a different group of people and a different experience. My students always hold a special place in my heart and I wish them the absolute best on their journeys!
Also, for Spring 2020: I'll be teaching Art 101 at Bergen Community College and watercolor painting at the Ridgewood Community School again so I'll be looking forward to it! Then I have grad school in the fall of 2020 so we'll see what adventures come next.. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!
Went out to try and do some watercolors today, but I ran into some problems when my watercolors started to freeze on me. It's too bad because I had really wanted to paint the scene before me. Regardless, the beauty of plein air painting is that each painting is more than a painting, each painting is a memory. I can't wait for spring to arrive.
I just finished up making my holiday cards for this year and I want to talk about using a material I haven't tried before. The material is wax resist sticks made by Grumbacher. I have wondered about wax resist for a while because I know Sargent used it, but I am just trying it for the first time today! I have to say that I loved it and I'll be using it for my future watercolors. The best part is that you can use them while the watercolor is still wet to create highlights. Since I was painting snow scenes for my holiday cards, this came in extremely handy.