i feel like it has been a wild few weeks…i started my first on line class Burlap and Paper Clay and i have to say it has been like nothing i expected. i love to teach, i have taught art to kids for ever, it is all i have ever done, i love to teach adults also, love my classes…love the AH HA moment….when people just get “IT”. so the on line experience has been humbling because people have been so patient while i whittle my way around this first class….i so appreciate it. and they have been kicking some texture ass! which i love!
the Melange Team has a weekly challenge…last week the prompt was INSPIRATION and this week the prompt was DANCE. I actually combined both words for one piece….now this is not a new piece of art but the story behind it has made me the artist i am today….10 years ago i was a mom to a 4 year old girl and a 5 year old boy …i was teaching art 3 days a week…had no time for myself let alone my art….randomly i signed up for an encaustic painting class at the local museum, the class ran 3 or 4 days all day…i had not painted in YEARS! but i was starting to realize in my case a happy mom is a painting mom…after the four days of the class not only was my car filled to the roof with art but through this encaustic class i realized you could paint…layer…collage… and literally stick things in the painting/wax….you could also scratch words into the medium…(the words here were lyrics from a song my daughter sang)….that is literally the exact moment i became a mixed media artist!…what freedom! this piece was inspired 10 years ago by my daughter as a 4 year old ballerina! Flash ahead to the MAy/June Issue of Cloth Paper Scissors where my Playful PAintings feature is about my current day series of paintings with my daughter as a young dancer….so often with my art in one way or another it is all connected….so this is my challenge piece combining the words INSPIRATION and DANCE.