Not a bit of it.
In the months since I last wrote, which was all of four and a bit months ago, I have taken a huge step - one I vowed I'd never take - and am on the verge of launching my own business.
I'll have to explain a little,
I've been doing a lot of teaching during the past year and it is tiring work. In particular, teaching youngsters seems to drain more energy than I can draw from it and I was beginning to feel that I couldn't continue, despite the good days - and the car repayments!
What did give me heaps of energy though, were my Friday evening drawing classes.
So I set to thinking. I knew that the person who initially invited me to give the workshops - a teacher of yoga, called Angeli - was also keen to work more on yoga teaching than the enormous amount of administrative work she seemed to have acquired over the years supporting a number of women's associations. And so I met her in the park one day towards the end of May to sound her out. And she was very interested in the idea of us working together from shared business premises, or as they call it here, a 'local'.
Between then and now, we have undertaken a course run by the government of Andalucia on how to set up in business; we have hunted down and located the perfect 'local' here in Alcala la Real; we have decided on a name and an identity for our local and within the next few weeks will be having an Open Doors day to explain our ideas and to get the good townsfolk to enrol in our various classes.
|The original drawing for the studio's logo. The actual is a cut down, simplified version.|
I like this because it's a Dingbatz Zendala Mandala....covers so much!
What, you may be asking, am I going to actually do? Well, our local is big and light and airy. It's divided into three parts - as yet, there's some finishing off to do, but I will post some photos soon - with a reception area at the front, then Angeli's yoga space and finally, my art and drawing space. I'm going all out to hold classes focusing on painting, drawing, experimenting, learning and generally being crafty and creative. I'm offering morning classes, aimed primarily but not solely, at the many housewives and older women who have free time in the morning and like to do new things. Then in the afternoon, I'm offering ZenKids classes - and yes, Zentangle will form a part of everything I do! However, we'll do a range of things, including joint projects, stamping, lots of colour, and, of course some Zentangle patterns in amongst. It's their chance to be utterly free and without the boundaries put on them at school - I do hope they'll enjoy it!
I will continue some days with evening classes - again, using Zentangle patterns as a basis for much of them - but also more painting and some calligraphy. Anything really. It's a learning curve for me too. I'm not the greatest of artists but I have a knack for showing and encouraging others and I have learnt that confidence and bit of technique goes a long way towards having fun and being creative.
Angeli is also super-creative and our only problem is keeping some of our more exciting ideas and plans in check...for later. She's really good at Zentangle drawing and I'm hoping to do some of her yoga classes whenever I can....can't do any harm and maybe help me to stretch out some of my rather stiff old bones. I have just once or twice stopped to think I am maybe too old to be starting a new project, but I seem to dismiss the idea very quickly and if you're as old as you feel, well right now, I'm about 36 and at my peak!!
The website is not quite finished and contains a few tricky problems that I am still working on but I hope you'll pop over, have a look, follow us and wish us luck. If you're anywhere near, keep your eyes peeled for information in the next few weeks or watch for the date of the Open Doors on the website or Facebook.
AH...the name?? Well, we are Meraki Studio Alcala. Meraki is a Greek word meaning to do something with love and soul. To leave something of yourself in what you create. I think it is just perfect.
|Says it all...well, some of it!|