For a while now, I've had this lingering feeling that my days as an art teacher are limited. It's a vague notion, and I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it's a sense of impending change, or perhaps it's just a fleeting thought that one day something unexpected might happen.
But then, on route to my latest workshop last weekend, something remarkable struck me: If I were to continue teaching, I envisioned creating a unique experience—a silent painting retreat.
Yes, you read that correctly!
This revelation felt like a stroke of genius, though I can't claim full credit for it. It seemed to emerge from a fusion of my own thoughts and something greater, a force beyond me. It was as if it originated from both inside and outside of myself.
Just imagine participating in a retreat where I'm still there to share my techniques, where we paint together, fostering a sense of community and support, yet all in complete silence.
If the idea initially fills you with dread, I suspect you might need it the most. Conversely, if it fills you with joy, then you should consider giving it a try or continuing on your current path.
The key takeaway here is that silence enables us to truly hear ourselves. Making this silence our "home," our guiding principle, provides a valuable foundation for hearing inspiration and creating meaningful art. It drowns out the noise and minimizes distractions.
What are your thoughts on this concept?
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.