|"Feather Moon 1" 14" X 21" poured watercolor|
A few days ago I was writing exactly these thoughts in my journal. There are several good offers of workshops I could attend in 2016. I was considering a couple of them. At this stage, I do not want to learn how someone else paints or thinks. I want to learn how to make my own work better. I want to learn to answer all these questions. If there are methods I do not know now, that's what I want. I turned on Facebook that morning and saw a promotion for a workshop that actually echoed the exact words in my journal. A new, to me, instructor, Linda Rothchild Ollis, is giving a workshop in May at Menucha, a retreat on the Columbia Gorge. It only took a few minutes to decide this is for me.
|"Untitled 4" 21" X 29" Poured Acrylic|
As happened this time last year before ISS at Taos, NM, the thought of this workshop commitment is already pushing my work, answering some questions, raising some new ones. I have the materials list, I am guessing at some of the uses. I have more than 3 months of painting between then and now. Given how swiftly my work changed in the past two years I cannot begin to imagine where I will be by mid-May. Which raises a final question: how can I possibly plan? I see now, more than ever, that "be here now" is the best advice.