So far 2016, has been a busy year for me. I have been doing some teaching in my studio for adults and kids, as well as working on an event for my local art society - ArtZone Sun Peaks.
Teaching art has been a fantastic experience for me, and although there is quite a lot of preparation involved, it is worth the feeling I get when I see how pleased my students are with what they have learned and produced at a class. It is wonderful to see someone who feels very hesitant about their artistic ability, come to life in a class.
However .... i am still battling the big "B" in my life .... balance. The balance between the physical, social, emotional, mental, and practical areas of my life is somewhat askew.
All I really want to do is paint.
The paintings continually swirl around in my mind. Often I will just zone out, or disappear in the middle of a conversation, or as I am snowshoeing, or walking with friends - ( my apologies, i know it is impolite but I have no control over this ).
I think that to have a painting in my mind, and not be able to sit down for several days and lay it down on the canvas is one of the hardest things.
The process of painting, for me, takes me to a place of inner peace, joy, and calm that nothing else can do. However, painting is not something I can squeeze into a spare hour or 15 minutes in a day ... it isn't the act of painting only... there is the importance of being in the right frame of mind, of being able to focus .... no interruptions...not easy to accomplish lately.
So let's see...
Physical : A daily Snowshoe
Spiritual: Painting/ Snowshoe
Hey... maybe i'm doing OK ...
Practical: ? I need a maid and a butler :)
Liz R. Derksen is an artist living in BC.