So I finished up the pencil drawing today of the Canadian dancer child, and around the last 30 minutes of drawing I felt this depression wash over me. It was strange because I am not prone to depression. I have felt it a couple times in my life. I felt like a zombie struggling to actually finish the drawing, but I was determined to not quit. It felt like someone had died.

I started looking on the internet at Atelier programs and workshops. That, too, was disheartening because the courses all seemed completely unreasonable at this stage in my life – meaning I can’t just go off to school for 5 months like a new college student. I looked for nearby schools and ateliers. Utah and California were the closest, but again I can’t commit to a full course-load.

I found myself back at the Gage Academy website, which I have visited frequently over the past month. Located in Seattle, they actually offer weekend and weeklong workshops. I browsed their class offerings and found one that looked promising.

I filled out the registration, bought plane tickets, booked a hotel. I’m so excited – I’m going to Seattle to paint with a master next month.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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