Closing the door

Yesterday was my last day as a classroom teacher.  After 15 years I’m ready to “graduate” from high school.  I’ll be closing that door, but opening another door to a secret garden– my life as an artist. On the other side of that door are mornings watching the sun rise and move across the pasture– the most beautiful time of day on my farm, and one of the things I most look forward to.   There will be long days in the studio with music blasting, and colors colliding.  I expect there will be expeditions to creekbeds and hillsides, and sandwiches drawn from …

Conversations against a brilliant background

    Today was what I always refer to as “the best day of the school year”–the day I take a group of students to galleries and museums.  These students are members of the Art Club at my school, the purpose of which is to explore the work of artists out in the bigger world. Sometimes we get lucky and we  meet artists, walk into their studios or listen to their stories and explanations.  Many times this is the student’s first trip to an art museum.  I hope that when these young people graduate they will have a high level …