Friday, September 14, 2007

Things come in threes

Artist trading cards
2.5 x 3.5 coloured pencil
copyright Jeanette Jobson

Things are coming together. Way back in January I set some goals for myself artistically and, while, its taking some time, its moving towards those objectives.

I've finally finished the ATC cards so they can be sent to their destinations. I have to say that its not an exercise that I enjoyed a lot. I don't like the very small size a lot and trying to fit detail into it. As a mainly realist artist, I'm a detail freak so not getting it in there makes me a little uneasy.

There are several exhibitions coming up - one in a couple of weeks, the other on October 21 and another in early December that I hope to enter. I just need to choose (or create) the right pieces for the shows so tomorrow I'll open the portfolio and make some decisions.

I also have a couple of teaching opportunities coming up too and need to create a course outline for one and then determine whether the other is a lecture type or hands-on session. I'm used to practical teaching by example and having students participate using materials and exercises. I can do a lecture on my training and work and how I have come to where I am now, but need to think about that for a bit. How do I make it interesting and fill a couple of hours? Any suggestions from artists out there who have done lecture series before are very welcome.

There is also another lead for yet a third teaching position that I will follow up next week. If it plays out, it would give me a little more flexibility in content and frequency of teaching.

You know I have never thought of myself as a teacher and it amazes me when someone tells me that I'm imparted knowledge to them effectivly. I have a million thoughts swirling around in my head and often they don't translate into words - or not the words that I want them to translate into. So when people learn and I see progress , its very pleasing and still quite amazing.


Robyn said...

Well, someone's going to enjoy owning these! I always love your animals and the female figure is beautiful. And many thanks, Jeanette for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

Paulette said...

As someone who has had the opportunity to learn from you, let me say I am envious of the people who will get the benefit of your teaching in person. I have learned so much from you over the last year. I hope you enjoy your classes, I know your students will.