Thursday, April 5, 2012

Student Show

Shortly after I began teaching hand coloring workshops I had the idea of giving students the opportunity to have a show in my studio. I talked about it for a couple of years and I am happy to report that it's happening! Next week actually!

I will be featuring four students that have taken every single class I have ever offered. These four were quick to sign up for the first "Level III" workshop I had last fall and it was during that class that I decided it was time to stop "thinking" and start "doing".

I am excited to announce that this month, in my studio, I will be featuring the work of Janice Adams-Filippelli, Karen Connell, Linda Erickson and Pamela McClanahan.

"Lone Tree on Masai Mara" ©2012 Pamela McClanahan

The pieces have started to arrive and I will be busy early next week making labels and hanging the show.
In the meantime, it's also become clear that it's time to take my annual break from teaching classes. After keeping a fairly regular workshop schedule during the fall and winter, every spring I start to feel the need to turn inward and concentrate on my own work for a few months. This year is no exception.
I always have mixed feeling about this. I love teaching and enjoy all the wonderful people I have met as a result. I also have a tendency to compare myself to others. I know quite a few photographers that maintain a fairly heavy workshop schedule and seem to be able to keep up with their personal work as well. How do they do that? Am I doing something wrong? I don't think it's important that I have answers to those questions, I just need to honor my own natural rhythm of retreating and recharging for a bit.
I am deeply inspired by the work my students are doing and I am looking forward to returning to my easel to do some of my own hand coloring. It's been awhile.......................
If you are local, please come to our Second Saturday Reception on April 14th, from 5 - 9pm. Click here for more information: Student Show 


  1. This looks as thoug it will be a very lovely exhibit...what a beautiful way to acknowledge this loyal troupe of students.

    And your comment: "every spring I start to feel the need to turn inward and concentrate on my own work for a few months. This year is no exception." so truly fits with the cycle of spring in the Natural Year...90 days to concentrate on the vision for the new Natural Year.

  2. Thank you Donna! I love the idea of new "Natural Year"!

  3. Wish I was local...I'd be there in a heartbeat!
    Many CONGRATS to your avid students. I hope you'll have a moment or two to post some more of their work? I was smitten with hand coloring years ago & it has never waned. It would be a delight to see more!
    (not that I want to give you any more to do, mind you :>]]

  4. I wish you were local too! I will be posting more of their images on my Facebook page for sure, but will try to share a couple more here as well.

  5. httP:// 6, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Dianne--It is a gift to feel this need to turn inward--and it seems to me, a great way to replenish yourself for future workshops. It's that old thing of "you can't continue to give unless you take time to receive."

    And your upcoming exhibit--what a wonderful idea to celebrate the work of your students as well--and to give them a boost for the work they've done.