The artists channeled their inner Rothko, using the Subway Series as a jumping off point and this painting as a sample.
I think every participant was utterly exhausted by the end of the day. But each one (and I mean EVERY ONE) of them created something emotive, powerful and breathtaking. Hearts were left in the paint. Happy hearts, sad hearts, wistful hearts, strong hearts. And fear of abstracted figures was left in the dust, helpless. No fear there!
One thing was clear by the end of figurative abstract day - if you throw enough challenges at the creative spirit, it will rise up, get out of the critical mind and just create without limits. Sometimes we can silence the inner critic by launching volleys of new things at it. You might need pajamas, a dark room and a bottle of wine afterward, but by golly you will have created something magical. Now where are my slippers?