Do You Hear the Sound?

That’s the sound of my art engine revving. I’ve had a long hiatus and now that is over. I’m getting back to art and writing. You know, like my descriptive states: Back to Where I Once Belonged. As a first step I’m making art of any kind. The day after Thanksgiving I asked my daughter if she wanted to paint a painting and she did. I said pick something out from the internet that pleases you and I’ll analyze it and we’ll paint it together. You paint your own painting and I’ll paint mine and we’ll do it step by step. I learned how to do this by teaching what might be otherwise be known as “paint night” art classes at the Madera County Arts Council.

I would never paint these kind of paintings on my own but I enjoy having fun with people having fun with art and they really do enjoy it. I hearken to my cave painting class for the grade school kids. People have been making art for thousands of years. I haven’t a clue why a lot of people people look down on artists and treat them with disrespect. Maybe they’re envious. Who knows.

Next I’m happy to announce that I’m going back to grade school art teaching. I couldn’t stay away. I quit because I felt my health was at stake. Getting down to face level with a few hundred germ breathing children every week had put me in the emergency room with pneumonia last May. The complicating factor is I have San Joaquin Valley Fever which is a fungal pneumonia. I have had it since November of 2011 and it is controlled by medication. So you can see why I would not be particularly in favor of getting more lung problems.

I’m hoping my new hearing aids will keep me from having to stoop over to get into the kid’s air zones so I can hear what they’re saying. In that zone I’m breathing in the most toxic exhalations. I’m hoping this is works because I really love teaching. The kids are wonderful and the projects are joyous.

Here is the painting my daughter and I did together. We had a great Muvver/daughter bonding. We’ll do it again and next time I’ll give her something more challenging.

4 thoughts on “Do You Hear the Sound?

  1. Ron van Wiggen November 28, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Good to have you back, Renée.
    But I wouldn’t hold my breath of the germ-thing. You will still catch them plenty. I just have to think about all the funthings my wife brings home these days.
    You be careful!!

    I recently went back to my hobby too. Not really sustainable or homesteady, but good for my creativity. Ah well, can’t have it all, I guess.

    • Renee-Lucie Benoit November 28, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      What was your hobby? You have so many. 🙂 I like things that are good for creativity. I used to subscribe to the idea “Do what you love and the money will follow” but that turned out to be incomplete advice. See, I wasn’t in love with sitting around and contemplating my navel but there are more things to do than just do your thing and wait. LOL!

  2. feelinggoodtoday November 29, 2017 / 12:44 am

    The painting came out amazingly well, Renee! Glad you and your daughter had such a great time doing it! 🙂

    • Renee-Lucie Benoit November 29, 2017 / 2:41 am

      Thanks Andrea! PS Hopefully the board will approve your ideas and we will be getting more $$ for FMAS!

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