Well friends, I have some very excited news to share with you -- actually A LOT of exciting news, but let's focus on one thing at a time. As those of you who follow my blog already know, I recently attended a five week residency at the Hambidge Center in Georgia. This was a life changing experience. NOT to sound corny, but really -- it brought many things in to absolute clear focus. I found real happiness while in the woods of Georgia painting my life away. I know painting is what I need to spend my life doing, and my current situation is not allowing me the time I need to pursue it with the focus that I'd like. So, I'm taking a plunge: I have given my notice and as of August 6th, 2010 I will no longer be employed as an Admissions Counselor at Montserrat College of Art. It feels good. Actually, after three years it feels really good. Working 40+ hours a week is exhausting and although I have managed to continue my studio practice I need more time (don't we all.) So - this Fall I will be teaching painting and drawing classes at the Maud Morgan Visual Art Center in Cambridge, MA two days a week. This frees up a huge amount of time for me to paint, and work harder at making a larger part of my income from the sales of my artwork (stay tuned for an etsy page...yes, even I will have an etsy page.) I am also very enthusiastic to take all that I have learned from previous teachers and mentors and pass it on to others who are just as passionate about making art as I am. I am thankful that the wonderful people at MMVAC have created a space and a program for students of all ages to have an opportunity to create.
Classes begin September 16th, so in the weeks between my leaving Admissions and joining the Maud Morgan family, I will be traveling to NYC, DC and the family beach cottage (shack) for some R&R&P (rest, relaxation and painting...corny? yes.)
The semester ends on November 20th and on November 21st I take off on a much bigger adventure - one of the bigger plunges I have taken. Planning is in full swing - and actually almost complete - but I don't want to let the cat out of the bag quite yet. I'll give you a very cheesy hint though...right here.
So there you have it friends. Hambidge gave me time to paint and an opportunity to meet new friends - but it also gave me the courage to take a leap and work towards my goal of painting full time to make a living. I'm excited about this new adventure and I'll be sure to keep you all updated.
And hey, the fact that you read my blog makes me feel like a million bucks...a million bucks my friends. So thanks.