I could very well be comfortable in my studio dealing only with energy that is positive and hard working. Teaching does not always bring this energy, but I do my best to support my students while making work- often times alongside them.
On my off day- I run errands and accomplish things that are quick and I can scratch off of my list which leads to a smile every time. But I also can't help but plan for the next day of teaching. When I do this I often get ideas for my own work and the two processes feed each other. It reminds me of artists I have not looked at in awhile like Christiane Haase:
Teaching allows me to remember how I teach- very hands-on- fun but full of hard work. Fierce integrity and passion allow me to speak my heart and mind in the classroom and people either appreciate that or run from it.
4th Biennial Western Cast Iron Art Conference hug with Daniel Hunt and Noah Kirby in Laramie, Wyoming.
The most I can do is throw out ideas to the students and see what they catch and what they let go. Tells me a lot about who they are and what/how they want to learn.
Ideas have homes....
Ideas shape who we are and what we stand for.