For most of my 20's I was on the road with one band or another singing my way across the country. I gladly gave that up when the opportunity presented itself...I did NOT like living out of a suitcase. I am a homebody extraordinaire. So for the better part of the last 20+ years I have traveled very little. I did make several road trips all by myself (I don't really fly) from Los Angeles to Colorado and I dug the heck out of those special times. The craziness of LA behind me, the open road in front of me and the only audience that heard me singing at the top of my lungs as I rolled across Utah...well I was the only audience that heard me and dang if I didn't STILL have it! But I digress....
One year ago this week I began teaching...and teaching has changed my life. I have watched an interesting evolution take place....first I had to decide to teach at all...then not wanting to travel I decided to teach on-line...then I opened a studio outside of my home so I could teach to people who wanted to travel to me, since I wasn't much interested in traveling to them. But as I met people from all over the country (and in a few weeks I have a student coming to take a class from Peru!) I began to hear about places I wanted to see again or perhaps experience for the first time. I started to recall the road trip. Me on the road...singing my way across the country. So when the wonderful gals at Art is You in Hartford, CT contacted me to teach there in October 2010...I thought long and hard and finally said yes.
Well as is my way...once I grab a hold of an idea I do a little manic dance around it and go nuts with it. Traveling! Me! I want more! So in October I will head to the East Coast by car. I am thinking about teaching little mini-workshops along the way or just speaking to a group here and there about the power of art, or perhaps just visiting in person some of the wonderful folks I have met on-line. I may travel the southern route there and the northern route back. So if you are interested in booking something or letting me crash on your couch :-) let's talk about it.
Lee Weber already hit me up for a fabulous weekend workshop at her beautiful Chickadee Creek Farm in Maine. I posted it on my site a couple of weeks ago and it's about half full. So if Maine in the autumn sounds like a dream...check out the details and join us. The B&B's in this area are amazing.
And if that wasn't enough...Texas came calling. Now this little Wisconsin gal melts in the heat of the Texas summer (I know I lived there for 2 years)...and since the fall was booked and the spring was already here...we opted for next April. OMG. Clark Mansion in Taylor, Texas just outside of Austin. I have had so much response to a class there that I am doing 2 week-ends worth of workshops. I'll be forced to stay at the Mansion during the week in between and go junkin' with my friend, Dixie. These 2 workshops will be full fast...already gettin' there...so if you're in Texas...here's your shot.
So something tells me the gypsy girl in me has come to life. I look forward to continuing the classes at my wonderful studio house here in Colorado...as a matter of fact I just added 2-day intensive marketing classes to my 2010 schedule. No art making...just how to get it out there and sell it. A topic near and dear to my heart. But, I am gonna hit the road this year and I have funny feeling this is only the beginning....
Thank you all for making this past year soooo amazing. I'm singing at the top of my lungs again...but this time it's in the form of teaching. xxoo