It’s been an intense week of grading student projects — for hours and hours and hours on end. It’s the type of work that fries my brain, and all I can think about when I am doing it is that my reward will be an hour in my studio when I’m done. Nothing too ambitious for my tired eyes, just a bit of time enjoying the feel of a sharpened pencil as it travels over the hills and valleys of some soft white Fabriano, followed by the pleasure of dipping into pure colour and watching what it does on the paper.

25 Comments on “Reward”

  1. Frank Bettendorf says:

    Said so well.


  2. Thanks so much Frank. I forgot to mention that I miss writing as much as I miss sketching, so your comment makes me happy.


  3. jeff hyman says:

    I think most of us have no idea how difficult and stressful it is to be a teacher, especially now.


  4. loisajay says:

    Painting your paints. This is such a fun painting, Shari.

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  5. Shari, thanks for sharing your thoughts about teaching and your passion for the arts.


  6. -N- says:

    Nothing like a reward after all that grading!

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  7. Gerry says:

    You’ve earned the opposite advice usually given to people re their secondary pursuits: time to quit your day job.


  8. Soni says:

    Time well spent in all three worlds – I envy your students and thankful you share the others with us

    Go rest your eyes

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  9. TonyU says:

    Well deserved and so much cheaper and more immediate than dreaming about Rockport or Sanibel!

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    • Oh yes, well deserved. Once a year I have to grade my student’s portfolios, which involves not only looking at but also reading and editing all the written descriptions. Each ones takes about 30 minutes and this year I had 32 to look at. That was why I was so exhausted. But it’s done.


  10. Bernadette says:

    How elegant and poetically said.

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  11. I agree with Frank. And, in fact, before I saw his comment I was thinking “Shari writes so well!” Your pleasure in these satisfying gestures comes through in the sketch.

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  12. joantav says:

    Paintings of art supplies always make me smile. The simple things in life make me happy.

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  13. Debo Boddiford says:

    Your turned the ordinary into extraordinary!

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  14. John says:

    Writing critique comments/grading designs or drawings projects was usually slow. The papers from the art appreciation course, grading those could be painful and quite tedious. But what always wore me out was the nearly endless academic meetings. That is why I always kept a drawing table in my office. To close the door and get lost for 30 minutes (or more) with pencil or brush on paper! Hang in there!


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