Then we have 15 minutes to mat, frame and put it on an easel. Then it goes to auction. I love the energy of the event. It kind of revs me up.
I find the workshops I teach do that too. I am energized by the other artists and seeing (hopefully) the ah-ha moments happen. On the other hand when attending a workshop I rarely do my best work.
Perhaps it is wanting to please the instructor. Perhaps it is because I want to prove myself. Perhaps it is because my expectations are just too high and the skills I am trying to master are potentially mine to master, eventually, but it will just take more practice. For whatever reason, I never walk away from a workshop with anything that I would be very proud to display.
I will be teaching a workshop in August. I will predict that some of the people entering the room will carry with them some of the same expectations I listed above. Some of them may even feel nervous and are tempted to "look over their shoulder" at what everyone else is doing to see if they measure up.
I wish everyone could just have their own private space so that they could relax and let go of some of the self-imposed pressure. So breath deep. It is just paper, paint and water. Everyone is worrying about their own stuff so don't become self-conscious. If you come out with a great work of art we will all admire and pet you. If you don't you will probably be in good company. Leave the nerves at the door.