Now that I've vented I can brag a bit about the good news. Well, at least to me it's good. lol Although it took me by surprise. It was in the middle of painting class. I'm working hard to get the undercoat of paint onto Molly's portrait after spending an hour and a half sketching her onto the canvas. The instructor had been going around to everyone checking up on their painting progress and to offer helpful advice as needed. Next thing I know he's sitting next to me talking about a group he's wanting to form of artists this summer to just hang out and paint on sight in different areas. And I'm thinking to myself why is is going on about this group to me?? He was telling me some of the others he's including in the group and these are bona fide artists, people who work on commisions, people who come to class as much for the comradare as for "lessons" and to keep his classes full enough he can keep offering them for other students like me. So imagine my stunned expression when he asked me if I thought I'd like to do something like that and if I'd be interested in joining the group!! I said sure, it sounds like alot of fun. (mostly cuz I like all the others he's inviting they're all really nice people and very helpful to each other) Nichole was not invited, nor any other actual students in the class. For Nichole it doesn't matter as she has a job interview and wouldn't be able to do it anyway if she gets the job. So she wasn't interested. But wow. And...........This came after I'd signed up for my nursing courses for fall. I discovered due to all the classes I've already taken that I won't be full time fall quarter. So I looked to see if the art instructor was offering another class I could take. But his classes are scheduled such that I couldn't take them. And I told him so when I got to class. So he said that could be changed! And asked if I'd like to learn to do colored pencil! So I'm trying to explain to him my wonky schedule for fall, and he's attempting to find a way to make a new class so I can be fulltime and take one of his classes! Double wow. I'm a very humble person. Honestly. Before the brain injury I drew well, very well I suppose for being self taught. But the stuff I've been producing siince the brain injury is amazing even me. I look at them and can't quite believe I'm the one who did them. So I'm wondering if something got scrambled in a good way to compensate for some of what I lost? lol But it's sort of weird. And I can't wait to show you guys as soon as I can get pics of them simply because I so darned amazed I did it! lol I swear on my life 6 yrs ago I couldn't draw a picture of a dog to save my life. I know I have one in my sketch book to prove it. Yet I've done Molly twice now without much effort at all and done her accurately. And it's not like the instructor tells us how to do this stuff. He just says here is what I want you to do, do it. If you're really stuck, he'll try to help. But even then he doesn't really tell you what to do because he doesn't want to influence what you've got in mind. (this was really hard until I caught on to what he was doing) So, hmmm? Does this mean I'm an unofficial "artist"? LOL I swear if this group of artists he picked for the group weren't such a bunch of super nice people I'd be too intimated to join them. We've got one guy who's about 60 who has trained under famous artists all over the world for Pete's sake! I promise I won't get a swelled head. But I've got no one to brag to other than you guys. My family doesn't "get" art. At. All. My Mom thinks I'm wasting time and money. sigh But this is just thrilling to the little girl inside of me who once dreamed of being an artist for Disney. I'm gonna have so much fun this summer! Woot Woot!!