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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.”
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.