Saturday, December 19, 2020

Keep going, things will change

YouTube Sketches
following the Zoom effect
black marker on Pentalic paper
5.5 x 8 inches x 3 drawings
Barbara Muir © 2020

The 2019th thing I learned this year

One of the things I’ve learned this year is to keep on going. When the
pandemic began and I was in the middle of teaching a semester of people
who were just wonderful, it was an enormous shock. How could I ever do it?
How could I teach these people so lively and, animated and exciting in the
classroom -- online?

With a lot of help from my bosses, my students, my husband and friends,
I figured out a way. I’ve just finished my fourth semester as an online teacher
once a week. And it was a treat. That was a Huge learning curve for me. And
I’m still learning. I’m not a techie.

It’s the same for art. I was devastated when I realized that there wouldn’t be live
shows, that I wouldn’t be traveling, that there wouldn’t be receptions with my
friends and collectors. But like everyone else, I had to get over it and start to figure
out what to do. That’s taking me longer than I would’ve liked. But now we know.
Keep going. Keep making art, and I’ll be ready when we open up again. Happy
holidays, a whole other learning adventure. Celebrating in the new normal.

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