Nice day to-day – not a high pressured creative day – but I spent the day assembling necklaces for the Beetroot Tree Christmas Show.
I would like to reply to the comment about it being stressful teaching a course for beginners. Comments like this are always useful as it makes me stop and think about why.
Yes I find it stressful – and sometimes I would much prefer to stay in the studio and create rather than going out there and face the world. However there are several reasons for getting out there, here are just a few that apply to me.
The Bank Manager – the bottom line is that I find it difficult to support myself as a full time artist. If I am in my studio – I am creating pieces that might or might not sell at some point in the future.
Isolation – If I stayed in my studio creating – I believe I would not grow as an artist. In teaching I get the opportunity to re-visit techniques that I have not used in a while, and develop existing techniques. Students are interested and exciting – especially adult students as they are in your class because they REALLY want to be there.
Joy – it is a great joy when a student is totally excited by what she has produced in class – their joy and enthusiasm is infectious – if they continue with the work when class is over – then – Job done.
The amount of teaching that I do is minimal, however for me – it is worth the angst and stress.
PS The necklaces have not got their clasps on yet – and apologies for the quality of the pictures – we have had a very grey day here – and (again) I left the photography until to late in the day!