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Lise, visiting from France, paused while  working on her first Ï Can Do This" painting!

Lise, visiting from France, paused while working on her first Ï Can Do This” painting!

Lise's Hands - Costa Rica

Lise’s Hands – Costa Rica – “I Can Do This” Painting Workshop

This week’s WP Daily Prompts seem to be tailored for me!   “Tell us a moment or an incident that you treasure  — not necessarily because it brought you happiness, but because it taught you something about yourself.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LEARNING.”

"I Can Do This" Museo Cancebi

“I Can Do This” Museo Cancebi

Growing up in a rural area of the Mississippi Delta, I lived a Huckleberry-type childhood.  The youngest of four girls, I spent most of my waking hours immersed in nature – the rambling yard with ancient pecan trees, the cotton fields, pastures, woodlands, oxbow lakes were my playground.  As I grew older, I was almost always on my horse during spare moments.

Still riding and loving nature and people! After the competition

Still riding and loving nature and people! After the competition – Costa Rica 2007 (?)

During times of bad weather, if I wasn’t cowering for cover beneath a leaning tree deep in the woods, I was equally happy inside our home while curled up with a book or with paper and pencils and crayons.   There were no art teachers to shortcut my attempts at art, but the challenge was always there – to capture the equine curves of the horses we owned or to tame the flames in a fireplace and place them on paper.

#4 I CAN DO THIS Student Acrylic Workshop - Playa San Miguel Maddie

How well I remember those first formal lessons (thanks Kate!) when I stayed at my sister’s home and attended a summer drawing workshop at the university campus!   I equally remember the first time I pulled a loaded brush of watercolor pigments across a moistened paper.   The colors exploded across the surface and floated in dreamy swirls, and I was one hundred percent hooked!

#1 I CAN DO THIS WORKSHOPS - PANAMA

How could I NOT,  now that I have maturity and patience and a lot more wisdom, share what I know with others?  I have always enjoyed teaching, but I especially love teaching someone who professes, “I’ve never drawn or painted in my entire life, but I would like to try.”

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Watch over my shoulder as my friend Marie lights her candle from mine during her first ‘I Can Do This” session.   I truly cannot explain the magic or methods of my approach, but it works time after time.  I think the most important part is transferring the belief as I gently assure, “You can do this.”

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What good is it to have a gift if one doesn’t share it with others?  The teacher learns as much as the student, and my heart swells with the memories of all who lit candles from mine.  I am blessed.

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