forty touches :: 2

tammie bennett's 40touches project.  to celebrate turning 40, each day for 40 days tammie mentions someone who positively affected her life.

to celebrate turning 40, i'm posting a sketch and short writeup of a moment or a person who has touched my life in a positive way.  i will post each day until i turn 40 in march.  

#2 is louise deaton, my AP calculus teacher in high school.  her clickety clackety acrylic nails and her clangy bangle bracelets weren't the only things that grabbed my attention.  she made calculus seem FUN.  she didn't accept any excuses. she was stern and intimidating and seemed too big of a personality to be in my very small town.  

mrs. deaton made me want to be better.  not only in math, but in everything.  i wanted her to see how hard i was trying and i wanted her to think i was funny and smart.  she expected the best from all of her students and we all rose to the occasion.  almost all of us passed the AP exam.

i think she knew i was having a tough time at home and she took good care of me in and out of the classroom.  one day we skipped school together along with her foreign exchange student.  it was around christmas time and we got a photo taken on santa's lap.  santa got excited to have a teacher on his lap and he squeezed her bum.  i'll never forget the way she laughed and kept retelling the story with her susan sarandon voice.  

i think, most of all, what i appreciated about mrs. deaton was that she saw what was inside of me and had faith that i was gonna be okay.  and in some way, knowing she felt that way, made me believe it too. 


see my other #40touches posts here.  

i will be publishing my 40touches posts in no particular order.  i acknowledge that negative moments have also had an impact on my life, but seeing as how this is a celebration project, i won't be posting those.  

also, i am choosing to only mention 40 because i'm turning 40, and therefore i can't possibly mention all the people, places or moments that have touched me in a positive way.  this is just a sampling that i thought would be fun to talk about and include.

i hope this encourages you to reach out to those who have touched your life in some way.

introducing you to DOZENdozen

tammie bennett's dozen dozen project.  12 pieces of art each month.  a different subject matter each month.

i really like the idea of a year long project.  (you can see my 2013 project roundup here.  see my takeaways from doing #365patterns, a pattern a day for 2013, here. and see my thoughts on doing #365tinythanks, my daily gratitude project for 2014, here.)

a year long (or daily) project can teach you SO much.  doing a project of this magnitude teaches you that you can MAKE time to make.  it teaches you not to focus so much on the outcome, but to enjoy the process.  you learn that mistakes are okay.  you develop your skills.  perfection is not the goal, and that's okay.  if you are able to post your project online, you gain new friends and followers.  you have beautiful pieces of art at the end.  and a lot of maybe-not-great pieces that you can build upon or at least take some grain of appreciation that you practiced your art.  

i really eased into this year and couldn't really decide on a daily project, party because i need a break from it, (i just did 2 years in a row without missing a single day for pete's sake!), and partly because i had tooooo many ideas and had a hard time narrowing them down.  

so for 2015, i've decided to do 12 pieces of art each month.  a DOZENdozen.  each month i'll pick a new subject matter and will do all 12 pieces on that subject.  my goal is to try to post 3 pieces a week and a bonus post at the end of the month showing all 12 together in some fashion (maybe an art print, maybe a pattern, etc).  i haven't decided if i will do all paintings or let some other media in.  we shall see how it unfolds. 

i may share sneak peeks on instagram under #DOZENdozen.

obviously, i'm behind for january, but i think i can make it work!  come back tomorrow for my first update!

if you're doing a year long or daily project, please let me know…. i'd love to follow along!