Big news!

Artomatic was a great way for me to get my artwork out there and visible to the public.  This past week I’ve been e-mailing with many people who made contact me through that forum.  It’s been great to hear the feedback and have people share interest in the arts.  It’s great motivation to keep making art, and exploring the different facets of theme I’m working with.

One of the most interesting new developments is a surveyor magazine has taken an interest in my work.  the magazine called xyHt has reached out and have offered to publish my work in their magazine in the spring! I’m so excited about this opportunity and honored that they would like to showcase my “maps” in a magazine that covers map making and data collecting in reality!

So, I better get to work.  Those partially-finished paintings won’t finish themselves!

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Last day for a while.

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I am about to finish my last day of school for four months. It’s been quite a year, full of a lot emotions and ups and downs, successes and failures, frustration and aha moments.  We all experience these things in our lives, but teaching seems to really provide of roller coaster of emotions for the teacher and the students on a daily basis.  It’s ok though, that’s why a lot of us are into our craft.  There is an ebb and flow to teaching.  Someday days are met with a lot of challenges, but others seem so delightful and breezy.  It’s hard not to live for those moments.

But what makes teaching the best, are the students. And I mean any kind of student.  The ones who are on top of their game and really pushing themselves, to the ones who seem to struggle with every passing minute of the day.  Our hearts lift up when they are up, and sink when they are down.  We want all of our students to rise to the occasion and meet the expectations, but sometimes they need some motivation, some kind of extra help along the way.

I do this job, basically, because I love it.  It’s hard to get up in the morning, it’s hard to wake up in the darkest of mornings (like today) and go finish out one last day before the holiday break.  BUT- kids feel the same way.  We’re all in the same boat.  The difference is, I’ve found my passion, I’ve found what I’ve chosen to do.  And now it’s my turn to help them find their passion.

I wish for my students to find something in themselves they believe they never had.  Something that ignites the fire in their bellies, to keep them moving forward to chase whatever dreams they have.  I see that they have that spark.  So, this year I’m giving them a card to remind them of that spark, and how it’s really a light.  They already have what they are capable of doing, they just need to find a way to make it shine, always.

So to my students:

Namaste
The light in me, sees the light in you.
SHINE BRIGHT!
– Ms. Fitz

20 left!

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It’s amazing that people have been willing reach out and purchase some of these little guys.  I’m so happy that through their purchases I will be able to donate to an important organization that gives back to it’s own community.

If you are interested, and would like to purchase one of these Topographic Studies, please leave a comment and I would be happy to get in touch with you.

I will be selling these “little guys” for $60 each until January 1, 2016.  Proceeds from the sale of the Topographic studies, minus shipping and handling, through January 1, 2016, will go directly to NalandaWay Foundation.

Thank you for the support!

Make a small purchase, make a significant contribution: Flood Aid for Schools in Chennai

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Topographic Studies, 6 in x 6 in, $60
Relief efforts are now underway to help the people who have been affected by the monsoon floods in the region of Tamil Nadu in India. In an effort to help communities who are most devastated by the floods in the region, I am raising money for a non-profit based in Chennai. The NalandaWay Foundation works with children in under-served areas by providing arts programming all over the region. This organization has been mobilizing efforts to get aid to where it is needed and are intending to support the schools that have been affected the most.
If you would like to help bring infrastructure back to the local schools and provide vital support to the community, please consider purchasing one of my 6”x6” mixed-media paintings. I’m asking for a minimum donation of $60 per piece. I will insure that all proceeds from the sale (minus shipping and cost of supplies) will go directly to the NalandaWay Foundation. Each piece is titled “Topographic Study” and made with re-purposed maps, acrylic paint and ink on hard board. Each piece is ready to hang and signed on the back. There are 27 individual pieces that are available to purchase. I would be able to ship directly or deliver to you when possible.
I will be traveling to Chennai to collaborate with NalandaWay Foundation as part of a grant provided by the Fulbright Distinguished Awards and Teaching program on January 3, 2016 and will return May 1, 2016. For any information regarding this effort please message me.

Back online

After a long absence, I am back.  It’s been a really busy few months and I can’t believe I am just weeks away from India.  Since I’ve been absent from blogging I’ve been researching, organizing, and preparing for the big journey.  I’m still not ready, and have been compiling a list of things I really need to take care of before I leave.  I’m not too worried about it, as I’m going to be living in  big city and they will have all the things I need while I’m there.  However, the key is to pack some things that will allow me to feel like I have a piece of home while I’m away from home.

Through the next 4 months I hope that you’ll follow along as I post what I’m doing in Chennai.  You’ll see pictures, videos, short essays and musings about my daily activities, as well as posts about my project that I’ll be working on (art and yoga).

So I’m back, I’ll be posting regularly and I’ll hope you’ll follow along.