Maybe, Later, No, or Yes!

Hello All, I hope you are having a good week. So difficult with all the fires, and weather and Covid running rampant again. Getting kids to school safely and trying to get back to life of some kind is proving challenging for everyone I know. 

My week has been a lot of maybe, later, or no. I did have one yes so we will start there. 

I applied for a teaching position at a local parks and recreation center to teach art. What they were looking for was a teacher for young children, however that is not something I have much experience with. I had brought in the syllabus for all the different classes I had taught online over the last year to give them an idea of how I taught. They didn’t really have an adult program so I didn’t really expect to get hired. However I did! Starting in October I will be teaching beginning drawing and watercolor to ages 13-adult twice a week for 2 sessions. One in October and one in November. It is in-person classes, maximum 10 students and masks are required. I will have a classroom to teach in. So I am very excited about that and hopefully it will go forward. Fingers crossed.

I have been visiting lot’s of galleries and markets and I have applied to a couple so we shall see what happens there. I also have applied to be part of a local farmers market that is very close and a good place to start out here. Hopefully I will get in for Sunday. So because of Covid, outside is better than inside at this point. Oregon is requiring masks, so that is a good thing for us all.

Right now I am just getting ready and making art. Plugging along as they say. 

The weather here is cooling and the trees are starting to change color. I have never really lived in a place where I could experience it on a daily basis. Lot’s of oak and Maple trees here so I am looking forward to the Fall. (Pictures to follow.)

The big outing for the week was a walk around Summer Lake which is a small lake here in Beaverton. Lisa and I took the dogs on Sunday and it was lovely. There was even a squirrel that posed for me! He was too cute! I love all the variety of trees, oaks, and maples and willows, along with many more. I have an app on my phone that will tell me what a plant is just by putting it in my phone camera. Which is good because I know very little about the plants in this part of the country.

Then she and I checked out a nursery that was new to us called Cornell Farms. It was really an incredibly beautiful experience. So many gardens on the property and plants for sale a (few garden and plant shots pictured)! There was a lovely little cafe where we had lunch, I had a Barbacoa Hash (pictured) which was really amazing and there was a small coop of chickens that were were so close we could hear the rooster crowing here are a couple of them also.

 It was a beautiful sunny day and a great Sunday relax for the both of us. 

And last but not least, it was International Dog Day one day last week, so here is a photo of all the dogs here in our house. Love them all!

So that is pretty much what’s happening right now. Things are not all positive and light. Making this kind of change is hard and I knew that. Sometimes I get frustrated, but I know I just have to keep going and the right opportunities will come along. And I just don’t lose hope, everyday is a new day and I am grateful everyday for so many positive things. 

” Never give up on the dream,
sometimes a little detour is what it takes to get there. “

me 🙂

Hope you have a great week!

My Watercolor Happy Hour class is still happening online on Thursday’s and this week we are painting an old Church or house, not quite sure what it is, but it’s pretty cool, this is a picture taken by my brother-in-law and I love it! If you’re interested in painting along with us, let me know and I will send you the info for this class. 

Published by cherylmcdonald

Thank you for taking a little time to get to know me. Making art has been my life, I love to tell stories through words and pictures. I am a multi-media artist working in photography, watercolor, various drawing media, and sometimes digital art.

7 thoughts on “Maybe, Later, No, or Yes!

  1. Am glad to hear you have found your spot! Good luck with all your new adventures in the Arts!
    ” We will travel as fa
    r as we can, but we cannot in
    one life time see all that we would see or learn all
    that we hunger to know.”….. Just a interesting quote !
    Cam Alden

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  2. so delighted you have landed a position that gives you space to teach.
    I sure miss all the variety of trees

    To hope, to dream is some times all we got!!

    with so much love!

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  3. Sending many good wishes for your new adventure. I think they have no idea the talent they have hired to reach budding artists! You will knock this out of the park! You will find your niche in the PNW!


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