do enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with people, which is basically what
teaching is. And from the feedback I’ve
had, I think many have benefited from that sharing.
have enjoyed the sociable side to teaching.
There’s nothing better than getting together with a group of like minded
people who are keen to learn and improve.
trouble is I get totally involved in any teaching project I embark on so that everything
else is secondary to it. So my identity
as an “artist” is consumed by my role as a teacher.
I find myself always thinking “how can I put this technique over to students?” or
“what stages can I divide this painting up into to best teach it?”, all of which
does not exactly lead to artistic spontaneity!
is no point trying to teach something unless you really put yourself in the
place of the student to understand how they are learning and what their
difficulties might be. But in doing that
you wave goodbye to that special private and secret state of being an artist
with an idea that is your own to express.
artist does not explain why. An artist
expresses freely with no thought to how the idea is going to be received or
practising artists seem to be able to “teach” while preserving their
authenticity as an artist. Bu t I think
that probably they are not “teaching” but rather offering a master class to
demonstrate their work; two entirely different things.
here I go into a different realm...where vision, inspiration and creativity are
paramount. It is a much more solitary
and secret and selfish place, I think.
tuned, as they say, I’ll let you know how I get on! (Mind you, never say never again!)