And so, it really is a New Year

After I graduated from UNF in December I decided to take a long Christmas Break. Over the holiday I did some soul searching*. I came to terms with the fact that I: (A) Do not want to work in a factory for the rest of my life (B) Even though I am competent at design I don’t want to do that either (C) I really love teaching and was very sad at the thought of not being able to do that for some reason (D) I really like the idea of being a long-term educator (E) I specifically want to teach art (F) Although I would be thrilled to teach high school drawing/painting/printmaking I all-of-a-sudden have this urge, an itch to be scratched (if you will allow me to say), to teach college art.

UNF has put it’s mark on me.

And anytime I mention teaching to anyone they agree emphatically: essentially telling me that I was made to teach. Plus, now that I think about the past there have been people along the way saying things like, “You’re a teacher at heart” or “You’re a natural teacher”. I assume it was only a matter of time before I caught on.

So, I took a dive and now have plunged myself into the Substitute Teaching system. And I called the Art liaison for the public school system here in Jacksonville.** I actually met with him yesterday. It was actually an unannounced interview (so glad I dressed appropriately. He was actually quite impressed with the portfolio I showed him. Hopefully he can work me into a school next year; he has hopes for high school. Here’s work from the portfolio:

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Included are various drawings, prints and paintings.***

In addition to working on becoming a teacher, I also visited a college last Saturday; looking into a potential MFA program that I am interested in. If you want to teach college art you’ve got to get an MFA.

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Enough about all this life stuff. I want to tell you about some of the books I’ve read over the Christmas/New Year holiday. Well, here’s a list in no specific order as well as some thoughts.

1. Joy Unspeakable by Martyn Lloyd Jones This is an amazing resource for the Christian who is wanting to learn more about living by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s a bit heady and can be dense because Jones is a British theologian from the early 20th century.

2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson Jen From Chamblin’s Uptown recommended this read. I was first opposed because the movies are out and I was wanting something different, but after the first chapter I was completely hooked (and I wanted to drink coffee all the time).

3. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski Completely crazy. My friends Josh and Phil both recommended this one. I just finished it today. Nuts.

4. The Shining by Stephen King Crazy. I think I’ve just been picking good King novels lately because I haven’t come across a bad one yet.

5. The Walking Dead: Compendium One Awesome.

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Also, on break, I completed my Sketchbook for THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT. I did a lot of drawings and laser-jet transfer prints in the theme of “Dirigibles and Submersibles”. I focused on dirigibles, or airships.

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* represents the best definition due to the lack of understanding as to what really went on in my mind over the extended holiday

** most of what is written down now is more a document for my memory

*** [drawings: graphite,charcoal, pastel] [prints: etching, monoprint, screen-print [paintings: oil, acrylic, watercolor]

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