I’m always encouraged by meeting other artists who clearly put their hearts into what they create. And at this year’s Lake Country ArtWalk, I think I felt that more than I have before. Not only because the work of the other artists around me came from a truly authentic place, but also because they ensured that the event didn’t have a competitive atmosphere.
On the contrary, nearly every other artist I interacted with displayed a spirit of openness and generosity. It felt like we were all in it together. Which is remarkable when you consider how vulnerable an artist must be in order to share his or her work with thousands of strangers. After all, no matter your talents, you will inevitably be rejected or shown indifference by at least half of the people who walk by your booth. It’s part of the deal.
The reality is that people only see the end results of your efforts. Very few ever see the hours or days or weeks or months of work that you may have put into a single piece. They don’t feel the physical aches or experience the sleepless nights or countless moments of doubt that are part of the creative process. And that’s OK. As artists, we are compelled to do it anyway.
Art is a spiritual practice. It connects us to the mysterious soup of life and creation. And it usually gives more than it takes—even when that fact might be hard to recognize.
Still, it is always rewarding to have your efforts acknowledged. And nobody understands an artist like another artist.
So I would just like to say thank you to a few of the artists who helped make it an extra-special weekend:
- Peter Kastner
- Desiree Wagner
- Dona Smithson
- Rebecca Shepherd
- Suzanne Dansereau
- Trina Ganson
- Sonja Gartner
- Nikki Balfour
I also want to thank my awesome wife, mother-in-law, and Ryan Tooley for providing much-needed help in preparing for the event and assisting with the setup and takedown. And I feel a ton of gratitude for everyone who came out to support me and the other artists. With much love, thank you!