A year ago I started the Suwannee River Studio on the theory that there were budding artists around who just needed some space and encouragement.
My theory has proven correct. I have fifteen students and we have a lot of laughs. As an extrovert, it takes me awhile to get to know the introverts, who seem to make up about half of any group. I like introverts; they fascinate me.
One very proper lady is Anastasia* a retired first grade teacher, very quiet and classy. She works on her art diligently, always saying she can’t do it and it’s not good enough. I have been working to balance her out for a year with some success. For example, she put a rubber snake in the butterfly garden and innocently asks people, “What is that by the flower pot?” so she can watch them jump.
She just spent a week working on a difficult landscape; difficult because it’s foggy and subtle-hard to pull off. She finished and it’s good.
She: (Sigh) You told me this would be hard. Next time I’ll listen to you.”
Me: No, you won’t.
She: No. I won’t!
Like my dad used to say, “One word from me and they do what they want.”
Way to go Anastasia.
*Names modified for privacy.