Meanderings: This is going to be a bit long
This blog is one-year old today. Amazing. Why did it take so long for me to begin blogging?
It was thirty-five years ago that I ended my years' long migration and settled in these north Georgia hills. The Academic Dean of Piedmont College had asked me to revive the school's then-defunct visual arts program and so began a bit of stability to my previous ten-years as a artist teacher roaming from school to school, idea to idea, attempting to find a place that fit.
Ten years later with the college's visual arts department thriving, it was time for the next leap--to begin my own art school for adults, a journey which deepened my inner conviction that every human being on earth is born individually unique, that the job of any teacher is to tap that uniqueness and give it substance for growth. (I have never believed very much in talent, but I strongly believe that each of us potentially is gifted in something, that we ourselves determine the destiny of that gift.)
Our school flourished for 24 years before the time arrived for me to retire into a newer life. Seven years prior to my retirement we merged the school into the Sautee Nacoochee Arts and Community Center's programming. That merging gave the school a place and potential environment in which to continue after I would retire.
I honestly thought teaching would end with retiring. Little did I know that I would discover the world of blogging and that it would become my next tutorial medium. And my honest intention was to devote my entire energies and attention to painting, but after a year of doing that I discovered the ole teacher wanting to get busy again.
So now I begin each day painting for three or four hours. Later in the day I work on my two weekly tutorials--one for Empty Easel, the other for my Compose blog. And the second Tuesday of every month, I meet with a select group of my former students which has officially become the Second Tuesday Art Guild. (More about this group in the Spring.) It has all fallen into place beautifully.
So for several years while most of you have been habitually blogging, I was totally unaware of such a world--a community. Unaware until early 2008 when I read about a daily painter called Juston Clayton whose blog led me to other painters and gave me the idea of using this medium for sharing images of my paintings. That was just a year ago, folks.
So for those of you who wondered where in the world this art tutor suddenly came from, now you know. While you were building your own identities as artist bloggers, I was, unknowingly, finding my way to the front door. And I must say that here I have met some of the finest and most interesting human beings on earth.
I enjoy sharing my work and my thoughts, but I treasure my visits to your world, watching each of you grow and sharing in your stories. May we all continue to grow into our individually unique voices while our friendships deepen and thrive.