Monday, 10 December 2018

Eight years in Australia!

Today, eight years ago, I arrived in Australia from South Africa. The years seem to have passed by quickly, although as one ages each year seems to pass faster and faster. Perhaps it’s because we want to cram as much as we can into each day. Looking back at previous posts, I found this one written at the 5 year mark.  It sums up much of my current feelings. 

My years here in Brisbane have been happy and fulfilled. The classes are well supported and artists have been attending my Studio a few years. In fact, one student has been here from the very beginning. 

Not only have the classes enabled me to support myself, but teaching has given me a very fulfilled life. I love teaching. I achieve so much satisfaction seeing creativity blossom and grow. Frequently, someone will join a class never having done any drawing or painting for some years, often as far back as their schooldays. After a few hesitant lessons, a quiet confidence emerges and lovely work is produced.

An added bonus is that the artists who attend the Studio have become friends - to me and to each other as well. Creating a nurturing, supportive environment in the Studio has been one of my main aims.

As I write this, I am recuperating at my daughter’s after successful surgery last week. I am doing well and trying to behave and take it easy. (Not being allowed to drive for six weeks will be a challenge)

Thank you all so much for your friendship and support. 



The lovely Hannah from Sktchy. Portrait using Procreate