Since I created more space in my life earlier this year, I’ve been able to really focus on the things that matter to me. That means more teaching and more painting in public.
For example, this week I’ve been teaching art to Kindergarten through Fifth grade at a local public school. I go one week each month, and the kids are really funny and creative.
Today I’m doing a painting demonstration for a few hours at a retirement facility. Tomorrow– more teaching and a planning meeting about another gig coming up soon.
And Saturday, I’m going for my next belt in TaeKwonDo, so I’ve also been cramming a few extra practices in this week– I need all the practice I can get if I’m going to promote to a higher belt.
Today someone asked me, “Jolie, since you’re so busy, why are you still doing the daily painting? It’s been three years– you don’t have anything to prove anymore.”
And they’re right. I don’t. But I’m still driven to tell these stories and do this work. I’m still excited about working with parts and pieces of a larger whole. And in all the busyness, I still love that hour of quiet when I’m pushing paint on to a canvas.
I love knowing that there are 10 layers of color on this canvas. Alizarin, Ultramarine, Sap Green, Violet, more Ultramarine. Repeating that process again to build a strong dark solid square.
Visually, this may be a boring square compared to the other eight. But it was the most fulfilling to work on. And if painting a black square is fulfilling, then I know I’m doing the right thing.
What drives you these days?
(Whole painting tomorrow!)