I recently read a quick post an Artist had written on a local painting party studio advertisement post. This Artist was upset and wrote that she was sick of seeing so many of these painting party studios on every darn corner...that it was basically taking away business from us 'Artist' the ones whose livelihood is based on customers/clients commissions and purchasing of Art. Well, when first opened my studio... I had intentions,the vision and goals for my Art to be the focus point, the best seller the bulk of my income. To my surprise, the painting parties did over shadow my Art but gave me the extra boost for customers to see me painting ' live'. It allowed them to see me actually in action which in return gave them a more interest in a painting that was on display.
The appreciation for the 'craft'/ 'talent' itself was more justifiable.
I also love being able to entertain others with painting! To see the smiles on ' NonArtist' faces really makes me HAPPY. I get to socialize and fellowship with a variety of people that I would never get to know if I was closed in to a studio just painting and in my own world.
So, If you have had a painting party with me... you are appreciated, keep coming and spread the word and if you have even purchased big Thanks!