I feel beyond lucky to have a new teacher in my life: Jane Aukshunas. Her paintings are magical and vibrant and playful and nature-inspired and radiant. (Those of you who know my art will be able to see right away why her work resonates with me.)
Whenever you try something new, that old, badgering critic waits in the shadows, ready to pounce at the first mistake. Poised to tell you how unpoised you are. Crouching for the kill.
When a gentle, inspired, positive, passionate teacher guides your process, the critic doesn’t get a chance to criticize. What I loved about working with Jane was that she kept offering new materials, ideas, and perspectives. She showered her students with possibilities, so the creative sparks could fly.
So even though I felt awkward about working with pastels for the very first time, Jane ignited my confidence.
Every hour or so, I was learning a new material, throwing down new lines, making a discovery. It was intoxicating.
Jane offered timeless artist quotes as well as her own wisdom. She can see what color is needed in a painting, just by stepping back and becoming aware. I love adapting her techniques and inspirations. They make me feel brilliant!
Also, having many beginnings meant that I could take them home and continue working, continue practicing.
The emerging creations make me happy.
A good teacher is one who colors your world. Thank you, Jane!