The end of a workshop usually means that there is a collective change in the energy amongst the participants. Here's how:
A student may have been painting with ease and comfort on day one, but come day two, their playfulness is replaced by determined seriousness and they become entirely different people as a result.
This is when I hear students say to themselves: "Now is the time to get stuff done! I must have something good to show for the time I have spent taking this workshop!"
Understandable. But at the same time, yikes!
I have seen this kind of pressure be extremely counterproductive to our goals because it results in crippling anxiety and distress.
Painting is no longer fun. Painting is work. And it shows.
Thankfully, not for this group of Fearless Abstract Painters.
Together we managed to keep pretty "zen" throughout our time together. And it shows. The work and personal realizations coming out of this group was awesome to say the least.
Well done ladies.
If you're wondering why are some of us wearing masks, it's because we were working with metal powders. Gorgeous on the canvas. Not so lovely on the inside of our lungs.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.