I gave an artist lecture for a terrific group at the U of C. It was really nice walking into the building and seeing my rainbow deity on posters all over the place.
I often forget how difficult it is to present to a large group. I shared my secrets and some of the lessons I've learned as my practice develops while showing a small selection of slides. These kind of personal outpourings can deplete the energy and make one feel very vulnerable.
That being said, there is a flip side: I shared my perspective in hopes of inspiring those in attendance to feel inspired, to believe in themselves and to find their paths and become a veritable force to be reckoned with.
- I may have inspired somebody (Samira) to take up painting, RAD! Keep your eyes peeled for it.
- One gent compared me to Michelangelo, an extremely generous compliment.
- I took a lot out of the older people in the crowd and the few with obvious hangovers, they will wake up with a Eureka!! moment after their naps.
There were some great question and reflections following my talk. I was told by a few bright and shiny eyed people from the audience that it was inspiration and the best talk they've seen because usually the speakers are boring (so I'm told). Boring is not a word for my lexicon.
The generous and noteworthy host, Eric Cameron took good care of me, I enjoyed tea and a po-boy (but no where near anything I had while in New Orleans) in the elite (on campus) restaurant. The group was extremely friendly and great conversationalists. I made myself available for studio visits to the Grad students and had a fantastic time wandering the halls kinda lost, looking at work. I received many messages and likes on my FB page. Hopefully there will be some follow thru and drop ins for a studio visit. Two gals are coming this Monday at 2pm if there are any other takers....... get on the Bunny train =;D