So you’re drinking and you’re painting and you’re laughing and you’re dancing to the music, but are you really making art? YES! I know it because people are constantly asking three questions that rebel against the conventional standards of polite society: Do I have to obey the rules? Can I be different? Can I do it my own way? And my response is always, push the boundaries and make it yours.
Creativity is an act of defiance. Defy me. Disregard the model. Challenge the way you see others doing it. Make it a unique representation of what you imagine. I thought blue when I painted it, but it’s okay if you think purple or green or red or yellow. I’m using black, but you can use brown. I’m using this brush, but you can blot in on with your towel. I’m painting a fine line, but you can lay the paint down thick. Add texture, add color, add something that I never envisioned. Maybe a swirl here, where I saw a line. Brightness, where I saw dark. Shadow, where I saw light.
I love seeing everyone’s work at the end of the night. We all start in the same place, but each piece is different by the end of the class. Friends, families, couples, strangers. We all do it our own way. And yes, you are really making art.