You may think you know the most interesting man in the world. You don’t. I do. Some know him as El Don, The Great American. I know him as Arthur “Danger” Meyerson.
Workshops have an energy (when they are good) that keeps you in a state of flow and good humor. Such was the case this week with Arthur Meyerson in Coupeville. Once again, Pacific Northwest Art School was the venue for learning, friendship, and photographic exploration. A great mix of alumni and new students bonded on the first day and set the tone for the rest of the week.
At their best, workshops provide students and teachers a platform to push their boundaries. To a person, each student this week allowed Arthur to guide, encourage, and challenge them to expand their vision and make images beyond their established styles and skill levels. A lot of good work was produced, but most importantly, each student embraced the challenge and worked to create interesting images.
As the assistant it was my great pleasure to watch this unfold, to get to know new students, reconnect with alumni, and of course, enjoy the fabulous imagery and storytelling from Arthur. The encouragement I received for my own work from the class and from Arthur is deeply appreciated. It will keep me enthusiastic as I jump back into all the travel and work that keeps me in a state of “busy-ness” and often keeps me from feeling creative and engaged.
So what’s the point of this love fest? It’s simple: Find your own. The camaraderie and collective vision that arises in a workshop will energize your own work and keep your spirits buoyed during creative down-time. The new skills and the expansion of your vision will give you confidence and a platform to launch new (and often, better) work.
Arthur says: “I don’t always do workshops, but when I do, I do it with Keron Psillas.” Arthur, it was an honor and a great pleasure.
Stay thirsty my friends.