Why would an artist bother to gather up their tools, trek down to Art and Soul at Spiceland Mall, and spend a couple hours drawing or painting?
This is what I think. I think that combining the creative energy of artists creates a buzz not found in the studio alone. I find that it takes some guts to work with artists looking over your shoulder, and a stream of passers by nodding approval (or not). Guts are good. I think that when you pick up a tool you are not familiar with, or that you have not used in a long time, it creates a type of anxious excitement that transfers to the work. Sometimes you make a mess. I think that is good. If you never make a mess, it means that you are always “staying safe” with your known technique. A mess can lead you in the right direction.
Most impotant, by the end of the session
, everyone there had a particular expression that you can see on Josh St. Louis’ face here.