4x4 oil on fiberboard panel
Yesterday was a tough day for me. I HOPE it didn't really come across like that...but it was...It was that moment where I realized that the teacher that had been with the kids all year had formed the climate of the room according to how she operated...and it wasn't me! The kids were a bit out of control, and I was exhausted and down...whoa...way down...I wasn't sure if I had made a good decision about doing this...so...I went to bed like that. I felt bad for my husband who was a real sweetheart...he made me dinner and rubbed my feet and told me it was going to be ok, that he believed in me! WOW...a dream of a man last night he was!! Thank you honey!!
And so...I woke up this morning with the same stubborn attitude about life that has gotten me through a ton of tough stuff and went to school and got the control back! YEP...I DID! Not by demeaning the kids or yelling or negative comments. I just talked to them...I reminded them of how we are all different, and for ME...I needed to have things a little more organized and respectful...and all that...sandwich the "negative" between two slices of complimentary...and then I announced a contest for one who worked the hardest and was drawn from all those wonderful ones that worked hard and would win an easel...THAT got their attention...I talked about how we as artists have incentives...perhaps to win best of show...or we sell a painting, or we do a workshop and get paid...so I told them I wanted to give them a little extra incentive...WHEW...I'm here to tell you I came home a different woman!! The students and I had a great day, and now we all have something to look forward to!
As I was up this morning and was contemplating how I would approach the kids I woke to interesting skies...ONE pic I took while driving...don't tell anyone...shhhh. I am so amazed and grateful for a God who has given us such awesome views to either calm or excite us...as artists it is the best present of all...SO, I'm sharing some of my views I had this morning as I awoke and drove to school...