School is off to a really terrific start. I am so, so pleased with the classes this year. Very manageable sizes, which translates to more focus for the kids and better teaching for me. Each class is showing its own personality and so far, all are more than enjoyable. At the end of the day I am exhausted and my legs and feet are miserable, but I have to say I am truly happy and doing what I love to do. The kids are just wonderful. Love every one of them and to have the opportunity to help them discover art is The Best!
On the art front, I am getting my skates back on with my current still life piece, which was supposed to be done over the summer, but has gotten placed on the back burner behind much needed sleep, school, health, and other nonsense. Am on the embroidery stage now, and can't wait to get to the beads! SO many ideas, here. I see where this piece is leading in terms of the next work I make, too...a series is born! Having the ability to make fabric is changing my game and I really do feel like this is a pivotal change in direction, here, that is tying up some loose threads from previous endeavors. Once puppy comes, we will spend time together stitching and playing, simultaneously! Wait...can I stitch and cuddle her at the same time?
So soon after seeing Squeeze so many times in August, which was heavenly, a truly unbelievable musical opportunity has shown up in the form of Marc Almond playing the Paradise in Boston. The last time I saw Marc sing was when I went to London to do just that, and saw five of six sold out performances at a little club in Islington. It was amazing, emotional, and brilliant, and I have no doubt that this will be the same. I've driven to Philly and NYC to see him over the years and have not regretted any of the travel -- he is that good. A legend. I can not believe he is coming here and will actually grace the stage in Boston. Get out the tissues, his voice is the most emotional and beautiful sound for the soul. A real diva / torch singer / vocal musician. I can not wait. I keep pinching myself and thinking it is a dream that he is coming!
Add to this that I recently completed a restructuring of my finances to allow for a less stressful life and better tax status. A life reset, really. New puppy, new art, Marc Almond, wonderful job -- if only I could get new legs! Guess that would be greedy! Cheers.