As I tell in my diary, A Painter´s Life on Planet Goodaboom, I exhibited yesterday in the Street Gallery. When I started exhibiting there 3 years ago, I was also advertising for my painting school, and indeed it resulted in some pupils.
What games is fate playing with me now? Just in the moment where I start Goodaskool, Danielle, a former French pupil, suddenly appeared in front of me, yesterday, after 2 years. She was totally passionate about painting and deeply sad as I closed the school.She was surely my best pupil too. I was so happy to see her! She told me that she was still painting, more than ever, and her husband said:
“Our walls are so full of her paintings now, there is barely a centimeter uncovered!”
This is how I like my pupils: passionate, and hardworking! She is one them… and Hans as well!
I remember the last lesson I had with her, it was in a wonderful tiny Spanish village lost in the mountains… we spent the day there, with 2 other pupils. They had never seen tourists before in this place -yes, such places still exist in Spain!- and you can imagine how much attention we got!
Anyway… I told her yesterday, that I have started classes again, and in that instant I saw such a light of hope in her eyes… but then I said it was just an exception. But I told her about Goodaskool, and I wonder if it would be something for her…
My second meeting with my past that day as an art teacher was with a Norwegian woman. She stood a long long time there, looking at all my paintings, then she came to me and explained that 3 years ago, she wanted watercolour lessons from me, and searched my Art Studio in the whole city, but couldn´t find it! And so gave up her idea of painting!
I was so sorry as I heard that!
A little bit later she came back to me and asked:
“Would you give me some lessons in water colour?!
I didn´t answer, I just smiled… What did this smile mean? Oh, it is so hard to say no, when these people love your art so much that they want YOU as a teacher, and only you! I feel awful to have to say no! But honestly, I hope that I will have the strength to go on saying no, because I exactly know that I can´t guarantee them regular lessons. My immediate future is a time of intense travelling, through lands and seas, and I can´t take the responsibility to ensure other people´s painting careers… it´s hard enough to ensure my proper one!
But Goodaskool is different. Wherever we will be: we will be in cyberspace as well! So, if you want to become a genius painter, come to Goodaskool, now and here!