Bev Adams from the Cazenovia Watercolor Society surprised me with this poem at the end of our workshop. Thank you Bev, I am really honored. The slide show following this post is from that great workshop. Can I interest your group in one?
FOR OUR TALENTED, INSPIRING , PROVOCATIVE,
UPBEAT, PRACTICAL, SHARING, TRUSTY LEADER
Has a wonderful way
Of making a workshop fun.
We tape and we mop
Anything that's a flop
Then marvel at what we have done.
She stresses CONtent
And won't be conTENT
Till we are expressing our passion.
Says she, be unique,
So your paintings are not purely fashion.
Jasper Johns brought our Susan
Out of confusion
And he changed her art life forever.
He said don't relax
Let your painting climax
At the end of a threefold endeavor.
Sue pushes brainstorming
For ideas a-forming
She herself has a brain that is quirky.
Though her houses are cockeyed,
Her perspective quite lopside,
Still, she rarely turns out a turkey.
For pupils perplexed
About what to do next
She shouts loud and clear "Make it darker"
Apply lots of paint,
Don't be what you ain't
And then make it even more darker.
(apologies to my English teachers.)
Can bring elation
Step by step
Through goals she swept
Until she reached the prize.
Now we offer our thanks
You've filled our art banks
And we each have a flip book to treasure.
You helped us define
What is known as design
And you've given us very full measure.
Thank you, thank you, Susan, for a fun
and instructive four days.
And thank you for teaching us that "nice" is not enough.
May 5 to 8 2008