Last night I was able to spend some quality time with my friend Paula while drinking wine and painting.
This is a look at our night:
We started out at a beautiful restaurant next door to the art gallery where our class would be held.
They have the most enjoyable atmosphere.
Art constantly changing,
There is a lot of visual appeal.
We enjoyed a small plate of cheese, sausage and homemade crackers.
Along side of that a “Lula B Moscato” and their homemade (and a favorite of mine) rosemary maple popcorn.
We stayed for an hour chatting about life and what we have been reading and just catching up in general.
It was so pleasant.
Next we strolled next door to our “Wine And Art” class.
This was held at “The Art Bazaar” an art gallery that supports local artists.
So I was a little nervous because I am not an artist, but I do enjoy painting.
We had already experienced an art class with a poor instructor,
So this was a risk.
Well…we started off right with wine and sweets (if we wanted).
A group of 8, there was a comfortable feeling.
Here I am staring at my blank canvas thinking, ” I don’t want to mess up!”
And Ann says, ” Don’t worry! “
(Easy for an artist to say.)
Ann was so relaxed and supportive.
She had two canvas’,
One with her finished piece and one blank so that she could demonstrate and talk us through.
Off we were.
We started off by penciling on hearts,
The theme being Valentines Day.
Then on to the red paint.
So cathartic…dipping a brush into the bucket and putting the bright and smooth color on the white surface.
It felt great!
As we moved along we learned techniques and turned the canvas upside down at one point to get to the bottom easier.
Ann had great tips about pulling the brush, and dry brushing.
The hardest part was adding the black lines.
All I heard was sighing and quiet.
It was very intense.
Ann said that as you paint you go through an array of emotions.
The first third is happy and excited.
Then comes frustration.
Then as you are almost done happiness returns.
I kept thinking “Geez! I am not going to finish!”
But Ann kept saying “Don’t worry! We aren’t in a rush. It’s ok. “
The class was supposed to end at 8:00 and we were there til 9:45!
How fantastic of a teacher to let us keep working and support us the whole way!
So it’s no Michelangelo,
But here is the finished piece.
The most important lessons for me:
1. Let it go. Mistakes happen so just see how you can make it better.
2. Keep going when frustrated work through that to get to the finish line.
3. I am not perfect, but I am original.
And even though I would like this gallery piece, I am still learning.
We are already looking forward to the next class!