Creativity Through Home Art and Camaraderie

Paint and sip
In regards to a year ago three friends and I attended a Paint and Sip session. When you attend such an affair you spend a small fee then receive a blank canvas, a tray of paints, a vino or two (or two) or other beverage of your choice, and the opportunity to participate in 2-3 hours of "copy art". In copy art, the instructor tells you what to do, then s/he demonstrates and also you copy. It is enjoyable, especially for a novice painter such as myself, but it may become tedious if the instructor works in the pace of the slowest painter (not I!) and everyone waits and waits until each attendee is a the same point before the lesson continues. For any speed demon such as myself, this sluggish pace failed to lead to creativity but instead the fatigue of non-participation and so I simply abandoned my leader and moved along within my own pace. Having a finished product to replicate and occasion listening, I finished up with a fairly decent wine representation with added touches, dashes, and flourishes of my own.

Paint night
The instructor, unfortunately, was not a teacher. She knew some techniques and she had obviously led this lesson many times in the past, but she had not been attuned to her students. We plodded, she yapped; we waited and he or she yapped some more. It was clear the slowest painter was never likely to finish but we patiently killed time likewise. During this "free" time the instructor filled any empty spots of air with criticism to her fledgling artists: "Too much color", "Stop trying to fix that mess", and "Please quit" were a few of her remarks. Really allows you to want to paint, doesn't it?

But the class was still being fun because I was with friends and dibbling around with colors is entertaining and critiquing non-teacher types is a lot more so. As a result I made the decision to host my own paint and sip without having pressure applied. Ten friends gathered within home one evening excited to check this activity. Each easel was loaded with a clean canvas, water and brushes were available, and an array of paint drops filled each pallet. I had created a finished example to share with you so that I could explain a few things i had done, when and how, as well as clarified some important steps like having a damp canvas, how to cover errors with white, tools intended for special touches, and so forth. For those who were too nervous to self-launch, I led them step-by-step from the process. For those who simply wanted to plunge, I let them go with maximum freedom.

As my girlfriends painted, I wandered, offered advice, analyzed other bottle shapes and backdrops on the Internet, and commended their efforts. While many replications were somewhat on the mysterious side, much like the command "draw a bottleneck approximately 1-inch wide" produced tiny traces and thin lines instead, though the idea was creativity knowning that was just how some translated my work to their canvas. Others, with amazing vision, added dogwood blossoms, fancy wine beverage labels, and intricate designs with delicate shades. The interior personality was exposed as well as imagination and magical conceptualizations in each painting. The finished products were fantastic.

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