I met Newell Turner, editor of House Beautiful, several months ago amidst a crush of party goers with design on the mind-
we chatted about dogs!
Doesn't everyone with a dog want to talk dogs?
Newell was as charming and unflappable just as you might suspect. He has graciously consented to share his story about the teachers that opened his eyes to the world around him- and beyond.
I'd love to tell you more about two women who taught me how to paint....really how to observe.
I grew up in a tiny town deep in the Mississippi Delta. Fortunately, we Deltans have never let that feel like a limitation. My parents exposed me to so many things as I grew up.
It was all priceless. For example, for a few summers, my parents hired two local artists (one traditional and one contemporary) to teach me painting: watercolor and oil. The lessons I remember the most were en plein air....out on the dusty turn rows of a cotton field as well as under the cool shade of a tree in someone's backyard. Sarah Hubbard and Rita Halbrook.They were two of a number of people who had more influence on me than they probably ever realized.
Newell taps into something I've often thought about-just one of the reasons for my series about Teachers this summer. The importance of teachers is inestimable.Whether the Arts-or Sciences Creativity should be uppermost in a teacher's lesson plan. It is the key-to Knowing.