One of the topics last week in my online creativity class was acknowledging those who have had an impact on one's creative journey. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge someone who made a big difference in my life. While working in my former career in human resources I began taking watercolor classes. I took a few classes, but the instructors were uninspiring. Basically they just taught us to paint the way they painted. The class was structured so that we all painted the same thing.
I was about to give up on watercolor when I decided to take one more class from a
different instructor, Veronica Potter. What a difference! She gave us
tips about working with watercolors and showed us some techniques, but
we were free to do what we wanted. She opened my eyes to a new way of
working. I wouldn't call her a mentor, because we didn't have a long term
connection, yet she had a huge impact on the course of my journey. The bottom line is I would never have pursued my art full-time
if it wasn't for her.
Fast forward a few years. I often thought about Veronica and felt that I
wanted to let her know about the impact she had. I wasn't sure how to
get in touch with her since she wasn't teaching at the school anymore.
Then one day I saw her at an art supply store. She was teaching a
painting class there. I took advantage of the opportunity and told her
how much of an impact she had on my journey. It felt great to finally
thank her in person and I think she really enjoyed hearing it.
Who has shaped your creative journey?