Sunday, August 10, 2008

ART BLOG: Goodbye Summer

4 comments:

gilda said...

Sheree, thanks so much for this soothing view. I have had no summer this year, except that which I have experienced by living through your vacation activities. My classes start on September 2nd, but I have been at work there since the beginning of June, as I have mentioned before.

You have been so wonderful in sharing your thoughts about your life and work, and this has been such a help for all who frequent your blog, especially me! I am sure the universe has something great planned for you, with your assistance and input, of course. Jobwise, I feel the same....blessed to have a job. Blessed to have a job where we can even think about a whole summer off to ruminate and reflect.....but the nature of our jobs demands that we have the time for renewal and refreshing. Many folks don't understand this, which is probably one of the reasons why teachers are not valued in our society as much as they should be.

I asked someone once what was the benefit of achieving master's degrees in one's early twenties, before having lived a life that might add to this education. They replied that one of the reasons for getting advanced degrees in our art profession was to insure that we "learn how to learn", to experience the template for continued study and development. After looking at both of your blogs, it seems to me that this particular summer was another 'graduate degree' in Yourself!

The systematic procedures you set up for yourself---establishing tasks and then carrying through---solving problems---and then sharing your findings with all of us---has been so awesome to watch. Your bio on the right states, "still learning life lessons daily".

Indeed!

Thanks!

Cecelia said...

Enjoyed your blog-and the seascape! Are you a teacher?
I was an art teacher, but had enough years to retire when they wanted me to teach senior English, journalism, and only two art classes. Enrollment was down so they were cutting teachers and moving those who stayed to various positions. I decided to take my little money, stay home, and write and do my art work, and be Grandma!
Good luck with back to work. One of these days, you will look back and wonder where all the time went! LOL

Sheree Rensel said...

Cecelia,
"One of those days"??? Honey, I am already old. Ahhhh. I already know about "those days". Teacher??? Ahhhh, no. I am not a teacher. I never tell anyone my true day job. I will make an exception right now though for you. I am an undercover spy and investigate the real estate holdings of the Scientologists here in Pinellas County. Yeah. That's what I do to make big bucks so I can buy art supplies. LOL

Sheree Rensel said...

Oh my sweet little Gilda.
I can hardly type right now. Your message is so heartfelt and means so much to me. Yes. You are so right. We do this continually through our lives. It is true. Youth is wasted on the young. We both know that for sure, don't we? I suppose we learn things then. We think we know it all. As we age, we realize how little we really know. Life goes on.
You know Gilda, I know you have read so many words I have written over the past year or so. I have been full of glee. Then, there are times when I have bitched and moaned. The funny thing is I am just starting to realize, I am going to look back on this twenty years from now and think "That was one of the best times of my life!"
You are so, so correct. I am getting another Masters degree in life right now. I feel like the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz. I am finally getting my brain!!!
Love you so much sweetie.
Sheree