A favorite hobby of mine is dancing. I loveeeeee to dance! And I can dance very well, might I add. After work I’d come home sometimes and dance for about an hour. Dancing is my way of not only letting go of the day, but also working out, because the gym just isn’t my thing. This week however, I was able to participate in some online classes with the Alvin Ailey dance studio. The classes I chose were ballet, contemporary dance, West African, hip hop, and Horton’s technique. Definitely amazing and fun! I probably looked crazy jumping around in the house but I didn’t care, I was in my zone. After my ballet class, I was inspired to create this painting, entitled “Dance” with the caption “…if you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.” Taken straight from the lyrics of Lee Ann Womack’s song “I hope you dance,” I felt that it was very fitting for this painting. Like the songs says, dance! Dance like no one’s watching, dance like they are. Just dance.
Currently, the world is undergoing a pandemic–Coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19. Schools, malls, restaurants, venues all shut down! People are urged to stay home. Everyone is wearing a mask outside. 42nd street is completely vacant. What do we do?! Well, as an artist I did what I know how to do, and that’s paint. I created this painting in the midst of all the chaos and it turned out to be my favorite painting of 2020 so far. Even better, within minutes of me posting it to my social media, it was sold! I entitled it “Mother Healing” with the caption “She is hurting, but she will heal… We always do.” Coincidentally, Earth Day is April 22nd so I picked an appropriate time to create this painting, as it is also a message to do your part and take care of our planet. And I’m going to do my part and create more paintings! I’ll definitely be using the silhouette concept again, incorporating other ideas into it.
Believe it or not, but, I always get stage fright and become extremely nervous when having to speak in front of people. Whether it’s 3 or 23 people, public speaking just isn’t my thing…which sounds weird since I am a ‘Paint and Sip’ host and high school teacher. But anyway, this past Friday I got the opportunity to host two separate ‘Paint and Sip’ sessions in one night. The crowd totaled 50 people altogether, making this the biggest group I’ve hosted; but, this time something was different. I noticed I wasn’t such a nervous wreck as I had been in the past. Reflecting back on previous events I’ve hosted and comparing it to Friday’s event I realized what I had done differently, or shall I say better this time. Prepare! It was my strategic [pre-]planning and preparation that led to a successful execution. And I can’t be more proud of myself! With continuous room for improvement in the aspects of instructing/hosting and painting, I welcome growth and prosperity with open arms as I expand my brand. Always remember “before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” -Alexander Graham Bell