Friday, November 6, 2015

Get up. Get Dressed. Paint.

It’s rare to start with a blank page but for this week’s 15 MINUTES OF MIXED MEDIA©
with Rae Missigman that is how this page started.  It was an easy going page without much thinking; simply painting then using the end of the paintbrush to scratch in some blooms in the wet paint.

The carnage

I used this page to remind myself I am a good teacher and to not allow the powers in charge to take that away. To catch you up, I have now been moved 3 times this school year.  Two weeks into the school year I was transferred from teaching Chemistry in the high school into an elementary school teaching science to 6th and 7th graders.  Five long, stressful weeks later (and just after I was getting the hang of things) I got word I was being transferred back to the high school to teach Biology, Physics, and 7th and 8th graders in the alternative ed program: again, no experience in this.  Last week I packed up my stuff, yet again, and moved.  This week I started with a whole new set of kid learning the ropes of teaching alternative ed students.  *sigh...


She removes more paint than I seem to be able to by scraping an old credit card over the wet paint, leaving her page with much more white space than mine.  I also find I’m hesitant to wipe up too much of the paint yet I always like her finished page better than mine because of that. 

Free Mixed Media Workshop

Wednesday via a fellow blogger I discovered Permission to Play- a Free Mixed Media Workshop with Carolyn Dube.  Yesterday I watched the introductory lessons, downloaded and painted my Permission to Play permission slip.  My plan is to use this class to play in paint on week nights when I normally do very little creating.  Winter is a struggle for me and my hope is to begin a practice of spending time in the evenings creating to ease the stress after a long day of teaching.

Do you want to play along with me?

Joining Paint Party Friday where having paint under the fingernails is the norm.  What colors are under yours?


  1. Lovely work, I am amazed that you got that done in 15 minutes. I think I sometimes spend too much time thinking about things instead of just doing! Sorry to hear you are being pushed around from place to place in your job, I experienced similar things teaching here, and I know how unsettling it is. Have good weekend, Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

  2. Lovely, colourful journey.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Happy PPF ♥

  3. Wow- what school district moves a teacher around like that? Don't they realize that science isn't a one size fit all? Wow- I am impressed you find time to journal and I say- you go girl. You need that journaling with an employer like that.

  4. Wow so stressful on both you and the a parent I would be so angry. Things should be settled by Nov... yourself a treat you deserve it!! Lovely journal page... enjoy the Carolyns class!

    Hugs Giggles

  5. love all the layers and colors-happy art!

  6. Beautiful color choices and the page is lovely (and inspiring). I am so sorry you are being shuffled around but am sorrier for the children who have to get used to a stream of different teachers. What are the administrators thinking??? Keep journaling....
    Happy PPF!

  7. Love the pages. Anything that Carolyn Dube puts together I am sure is nothing short of fabulous. She is a true inspiration and I'm glad that you found her Permission to Play - its something that we all need to give ourselves. It must be so very difficult to move around like that in the school system - but think of the children that you have inspired and reached and introduced to the beautiful world of science. Bravo!

  8. I love this free style..looks amazing!
    Happy PPF!

  9. Lovely colourful pages. I'm with you on the winter evenings. My inspiration seems to dwindle a little in the winter months. Great idea to take up a workshop.

  10. Really pretty. Like your permission to play too.

  11. Your page looks great, love the bright colours. It can be hard sometimes to sit down after a stressful day and get the art supplies out. But it is so rewarding, once you get to do it, and your page shows how much you can create in just 15 minutes! Amazing. Hope you can make that time often and that it helps you to switch off!


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