Second Season, artwork, pink lawn ornament flamingo, red watering can with gems, three iris buds, hen and chicks, hollyhock
Second Season, artwork, pink lawn ornament flamingo, red watering can with gems, three iris buds, hen and chicks, hollyhock
Second Season by Amy Brown: Mastiff-Studios.com

When I started this piece of artwork, it looked like things might be better for society. The directives from the government concerning Covid-19 were saying that shops would begin to slowly open. I was glad to hear that. The businesses around me that had not permanently closed had a chance to survive.

During the time of stay at home orders, I did a great deal of thinking about what was happening to both myself and society. It occurred to me that many people were in the same boat I was. I reflected on what others seemed to be feeling, and what I felt. Then I considered how to bridge the gap between reality and possibility. …


May 20, 2020

It’s Wednesday. Instead of teaching classes today, I had a meeting online. Instead of watching seniors bounce around the halls with jubilant joy, I had a kid email me about why he failed my class. Instead of stacking books and desks, I looked at my makeshift office on the kitchen table. This year marked a first that will forever shape American culture.

I watch the world through a filter of social media, political propaganda, and sensationalized journalism. Inf-o-pinions are like fish in a chaotic ocean. The sky is blue, and the sun blazing into summer, but the fish are causing the sea to swell and churn. …


Watercolor, ink, and colored pencil mixed media artwork by Amy Brown of Mastiff Studios. goddess, vineyard, wine
Watercolor, ink, and colored pencil mixed media artwork by Amy Brown of Mastiff Studios. goddess, vineyard, wine
Spring 2020 by Amy Brown of Mastiff-Studios.com

The Beginning

In January, the coronavirus was not something that even phased me. It was not a tiny, little thought of impending doom in the back of my mind. In fact, I’d never even heard of it. At this time, I was far more concerned with getting Access testing completed for my CLDE students. (Access is the test that students learning English in state of Colorado take to see how much they are learning. CLDE stands for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education.) This test was given in sections. It took us about four weeks to get everyone tested.

After testing, things were starting to settle into a routine again. A nice, steady rhythm to ride through the rest of the year almost uninterrupted. I knew that there would be another round of state testing for high school kids, but it was not going to be another four weeks of chasing kids down. Then one day a senior in my class mentioned something about the coronavirus. She said that the trip to Europe for travel club had been canceled because of the virus. Next the class started to ask me if the school was going to close. I was completely honest with them when I told them that I had been given no information concerning school closure. That day we were informed that all spring activities had been cancelled. Then in just a day or two the school was to be closed until a week after spring break. It wasn’t until we were a week or so into break that an email was sent letting us know that our date to return was April 20. Finally, the announcement was made that school would not resume in the building this school year. …


If you are reading this, thank you. I cannot imagine the tons of stuff you diligently plowed through to find me. If I were you, I’d be curious who you found. First I’d look at the photo. Try to get a read on who I’m talking to. I’m guessing if you looked, your pretty sure I’m not a closet serial killer. You know it’s really hard to define what a serial killer looks like, so I’d check again. Yep, your probably safe. Looks like a middle age lady. Probably a teacher of some sort.

Yes, I’m a teacher. I’m over two decades in and hoping to make it out alive. Wow, that sounded dramatic. We all know I’m going to make it out alive. Now sane is another story. If you are still reading, maybe you got to be a teacher during Coronacation. I bet you had a great time. Played with your children and instilled a love of learning. You taught them that hard work is it’s own reward. Maybe you even got into the teach a man to fish thing. You probably are ready to get that degree, sign-up for education classes, and change the world. If so, go for it. Good teachers are hard to find, and those that stick it out longer than three years are even harder. Here’s a secret about the “change the word thing”. Chances are slim you will change the world. I had a wise professor tell my art education teacher’s class not to be so enthusiastic. Burn out is a real thing, she told us. Shoot for helping the individual. That philosophy has gotten me through a lot of tough years. Oh, and yes, I have felt the fire of burn out. It is real. It is wicked. …

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