Monday, January 31, 2011

feeling unemployed

Okay, so I love being a teacher but now I just feel unemployed. I finally was getting caught up at work and into the groove, and the winter storm of this year is rolling in. We had school today (Monday) for half a day, and were then dismissed to drive home in nothing but cold rain. I am glad that the safety of children is the primary concern, but believe me I am worried about the impending boredom!
So......I must create a list of things to do while possibly snowed in to feel like a working citizen. I have 4 books to read and an at home gym. I brought home my lesson plan book to get some work done. And the exciting goal?? To paint. I think I will set up a mini studio in the basement (its somewhat heated) and try to push myself and find my painting groove. Although I have done SOME painting since college, I am interested to see what direction I go in. If only I had internet !!!! I want to do some artist research....bah humbug I say! Boo to living out in the country, getting snowed in, and not having internet.

Along with winter I am experienced the travel bug. It has been too long since I traveled! I applied for a work trip to Seattle for an art teacher conference, and my chance of getting that funded completely is slim. However, I have my hopes up for a partial funding of the trip at the least. Wouldnt it be neat to go to Seattle?? I would attend a HUGE art conference, listen to artists and speakers talk about things like the relationship between intelligence and creativity, and visit museums and galleries. It would motivate me in teaching for the rest of the year. Fingers crossed! But they can't do anything about it if we dont even go to work! Snow go away.....

Finally, I want to mention that Danny's wedding was an enjoyable success . . Congrats to the newlyweds who truly did everything right! Great times for all.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow days

School has been cancelled for three days in a row now. I have been getting a little stir crazy, so for tomorrow I have decided that I might just swim no matter what the cost. I would have to drive to a fitness center in a nearby town, either Marshall or Warrensburg, and pay the fee for a one day pass. I get frustrated over Sedalia's lack of aquatic opportunties all the time. There are enough swim programs for children, but adult access to the pools is very limited. Why do I live here again?? Oh yeah, for Darrin, my friends, my mother, small town convenience, and my career. I would be perfectly happy if Darrin ever decided to move to a larger town with a Ymca, or better yet, a 24 hour fitness.

So how can I keep this blog from turning into a fitness log? Some other things.....

I am reading an extensive biography on the artist De Kooning. He was a painter with an interesting life. It makes me wish I lived in an artsy village where I also happened to be talented enough to get a more artsy job. What the heck though, I teach art! Isnt there any way I can feel as if I am also an artist myself? The book centers on Modern Art, artists like Matisse, the surrealists, Mondrian. Those are artists that I viewed as modern, and heck, they lived and became famous before the 1920's! How is it that they are still the striking images that I was influenced by in my studies, the artists that I viewed as "new." It seems like artists now have such a large world thru internet and such a broad competition that we are all mediocre? Where do you go to see the real "new" trends? And why would I ever want to join the artists arena when the people that came to my college campuses specialized in the use of things like human hair, or animal intestines. Yuck! Do you have to go that far to be unique? And why are people really still debating whether abstract art is real art? Picasso lived in the 1800's. When will we move past that age old argument? My opinion is, if you want it perfectly realistic, take a dam picture :) hehehe. Anyway, I tell myself now that when it warms up I can paint in the garage or basement. Will I really stick to that? I do have the summer off work, and I guess I could save up some money for canvases, or learn how to mount them again, I knew that once. I also have 4 acres of natural outdoors to collect and include in my art............ i am thinking......

On that note, I want to mention that summer is now 4 months away. We teachers live in phases and are always counting down to our next vacation :) It sure makes time fly.
Till next time-