Sunday, July 7, 2013
Facing my demons and loving it!
It has been an extremely productive and creative couple of months. I taught my first live class at Random Arts in Saluda, NC. I am repeating the class up there in August. Now if you would have told me a couple of years ago that I would be teaching online classes, filming and editing videos of me creating and painting, teaching live around the country and selling my artwork, I would have laughed my ass off! I made a successful living as a print designer for the apparel industry in Los Angeles, but almost 5 years ago I moved to Charlotte, and my career came to an abrupt end. I believe I was done but I wasn't ready to admit that. There was a couple of years where the wolves were at the door and the bills were not getting paid and I was well into my 50's! Now I see that those scary wolves were really my allies and helped me to sharpen and focus like a laser on my future. My dear friend Jane, kept telling me to do a video and put it on youtube. I finally did it because everytime I saw her she asked me about it. I couldn't take the shame anymore that I hadn't followed through. From that video, doors were opened and I started teaching. She believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. I never even thought of teaching as a career in the past. I am an introvert, and that can be a good thing if you are an artist, but I wasn't sure how that would translate into teaching art. What I do have is passion and the most important part of creating for me is the process. Teaching is about being in that process and letting the magic and inspiration flow, so not only am I in the process but the students are as well and I get to experience and interact with them as they create their magic. I absolutely love it and it energizes me so. I love the teaching process just as much as the creating and I am so deeply grateful that I get the opportunity to make the rest of my life even more productive and fullfilling than my past. Please check out my page on FACEBOOK to see all the student's wonderful artwork. FRACTURED-ANGELICS-KATE THOMPSON It's a post from July 1- Random Arts Class Photos