In preparating for this MasterClass, I've been desperately putting together a portfolio of past work to take. This is where I'm so woefully lacking since I have a trunkload of amateurish, unfinished pieces and so few well executed, professional-looking and finished drawings/paintings to show to the instructors. Well I guess that's the main reason for me going to this class: to be taught so I can have more tools to produce more of the latter. I know I'm going to be embarrassed and completely out of my comfort zone, especially when I see the quality of the other students' work. Sort of reminds me of the one 5K run I did with my friend Ruth. Halfway into the race, as I'm panting for breath and hurting and determined NOT to be the last person to the finish line, the thought came to me, "Why in the world am I paying good money to do this to myself?!" Yeah....this class is sort of like that. But I also must remember how good it felt to cross that finish line. It was hard and taxing, but I felt such satisfaction for setting a goal and seeing it through (even though they didn't have t-shirts that year). I know I will be better off for going. I'm so grateful to have my husband's support and to have a friend there (thank you Twht). Together we can huff and puff our aged bodies to the studios and learn from the best in the industry. It will be hard and grueling but also stimulating, expanding and satisfying.
So, the reason for the cast up there: it took me three weeks to complete without the help of my instructor, Jeff Hein. It was hard. I got very frustrated. But I'm happy with it and it's going into my portfolio.