Creativity Through Home Art and Camaraderie

Paint and sip
With regards to a year ago three friends and I attended a Paint and Sip session. By looking at such an affair you pay a small fee then receive a blank canvas, a tray of paints, a glass of wine (or two) or other beverage of your choice, along with the opportunity to participate in 2-3 hours of "copy art". In copy art, the teacher tells you what to do, then s/he demonstrates and you also copy. It is fun, especially for a novice painter including myself, but it can be tedious if the instructor works at the pace of the slowest painter (not I!) and everybody waits and waits until each attendee is a the same point prior to the lesson continues. For a speed demon for example myself, this sluggish pace didn't lead to creativity but instead the fatigue of non-participation and so I simply abandoned my leader and moved along within my own pace. Which has a finished product to replicate and occasion listening, I finished up with a fairly decent wine bottle representation with added touches, dashes, and flourishes of my own.

Art studio
The instructor, unfortunately, was not a teacher. She knew some techniques and she or he had obviously led this lesson more than once in the past, but she was not attuned to her students. We plodded, she yapped; we waited and then she yapped some more. It was clear the slowest painter was never likely to finish but we patiently killed time just the same. During this "free" time the trainer 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 just some of her remarks. Really making you want to paint, doesn't it?

But the class had been 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 decided to host my own paint and sip without pressure applied. Ten friends gathered inside my home one evening excited to try this activity. Each easel was full of a clean canvas, water and brushes were prepared, and an array of paint drops filled each pallet. I had created a finished example to share so that I could explain a few things i had done, when and how, plus clarified some important steps just like having a damp canvas, how to cover errors with white, tools readily available for special touches, and so on. For those who were too nervous to self-launch, I led them step-by-step with the process. For those who just wanted to plunge, I allow them to go with maximum freedom.

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

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