I've been making use of my sleep deprivation lately by planning future Bob Ross Workshops. In fact, I dare to say that I've planned the next twenty-four! Who knows if I'll actually teach twenty-four workshops in 2009, but if I do, I'll be ready. I struggle with the time factor, though. Don't get me wrong, my classes are always on schedule, thankfully, but I wish that I could incorporate more into each painting. Bob's paintings are much more detailed than what I'm capable of teaching in three hours, so in most cases, I have to scale down his paintings in order to fit them into my workshop. It's kinda a bummer, but it works, so it's what I have to do. I have explained this to my students, and they are fine with it.
An alternative to my half day workshop is to offer private instruction. I've already given this info to my students, and hope to eventually advertise it. I actually prefer the classroom setting, but I would like to make myself available to those who can't attend class. Private instruction would also allow the student to complete a more detailed painting, which is nice. We'll see how it goes.
I am also considering contacting Hobby Lobby about teaching there. I haven't talked to other CRIs about their experience with Hobby Lobby, so I don't know what the conditions are, but I feel at this point that I should seriously consider it. Once I get moved to the new place, I will be 25 minutes from one HB, and an hour from two others. It would be a fair amount of commuting, but it may be worth it to have the business. I suppose it depends on gas prices, however.
Most of all, I've got to get my health under control so that I can continue teaching. It is physically hard on me, but I love it and have every intention of teaching forever. I received the 2009 certification schedule and would give anything to go to NSB for Florals, but it's just not financially possible. I'm not going to give up, though. Someday I'll make it happen.
The time I spent in FL is on my mind continuously. I wish I could go back, even if only to visit. I fell in love with the entire area...NSB, Daytona, Ponce Inlet. I'd drive there tomorrow if I could. I've never felt that way about a place before. I like the gulf coast, but eastern Florida is love.