We also do some critique of student work each day. I learn as much from looking at other student work as from trying it on my own.
Every day we find a new surprise from Cheap Joe's Art Stuff at our workstations. We have gotten towels for dabbing our paintbrushes, some Kilimanjaro watercolor paper samples, and some watercolor board. Joe himself came in today and spoke to each of us. Yesterday I ate lunch with his granddaughter, Megan, who works in the marketing department. I am so impressed by the staff at this place of business.
Even though I have to drive 48 minutes each way to get to Boone, almost the whole drive is on a scenic mountain byway. The weather sometimes starts out golden, changes to threatening skies, maybe a little rain, and then back to beautiful skies. I love it when the sun moves in golden shifts across the dark mountains.