I found this out in the garage last month...an oil pastel drawing I made long before kids, and not long before I was married, graduated college, and started teaching. Yeah, I used to teach...briefly. After college I subbed for a year and then got a full time position teaching 7th grade English. I only lasted 5 weeks! Every day I had been loosing ground in the classroom and loosing sleep at home, until the stress permeated every area of my life. I had to leave, though was one of the hardest things I had ever done in my life (I had wanted to teach since 7th grade--it's hard to leave behind a dream).
So, everyone, as school starts this month, please consider sending up a prayer for both our teachers and students as they start the school year.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK:
This was done with oil pastels. I always loved how the apples on this came out, but disliked how the basket came out. The bowl the apples were in (the real ones that inspired this) was red...I decided to try green for more contrast. Didn't like how that looked so I somewhat unsuccessfully tried to cover the green with brown. All that reworking left it looking a little "meh" (IMHO).
Then I was just starting to dabble in graphical programs. Now, I think I might see what I can do with the on the computer to clean it up. Is that cheating? Or just using new tools to make art?