Monday, November 15, 2010

Worth the Wait

Worth the Wait
mixed media & resin
12" x 12"

Back in late August, I discovered that one of my all time favorite artists, Nicholas Simmons was teaching a workshop here on the island.  I really wanted to go, but I just couldn't swing it. I had already promised my 16 year old that I would take him to see Art Basel in Miami this year.  So, for two months I wished and dreamed that there was a way that I could do both.  Finally in October, I got the nerve up to ask the workshop director if I could work out a barter with her for the workshop.  I volunteered to wash brushes, run errands, anything that I could possibly do to be able to attend.  It took her a few days to get back to me with my offer...but the answer was no.  The workshop was filled.  It was a small room and they couldn't take another person.  I was so disappointed.

But, I let it go, and figured it was for the best.  I got really busy with my own classes and two shows and tried to forget about it.  The evening before the workshop was to begin, I received a call from the director.  She said that an opening had come available at the last minute.  For a minute I got very excited, and then I remembered that I was saving up to take Luke to the Miami show this year.  I told her that I wouldn't be able to take it for financial reasons. And then I heard her say the most amazing news, "It's been gifted to you."  Someone wasn't able to go, and gave me their paid spot for free.  I was shocked to say the least.

Early the next morning, I was sitting in the workshop.

I knew that I could learn a lot from him.  I knew deep in my heart that I was supposed to go to that workshop.  I am filled with gratitude that some very generous people gave me the opportunity.

It was incredible and exceeded my expectations.  If you ever get the opportunity to study under Nicholas Simmons, I highly recommend it.  He is the greatest teacher, and an fantastic person.

Saturday night, he came to my Blue Door studio during our artwalk, and spent a lot of time with me looking at my work and talking.

I did this painting prior to the workshop. 

Here's the video for it.  I hope you enjoy it.

So, getting to spend 3 days learning from one of my idols was definitely worth the wait.  Thanks to everyone who made it happen for me.  And thanks to Nicholas for being such an open and generous teacher.

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