I was on a weight loss program that lasted an embarrassingly long time. The first 6 months I did great and lost an appropriate amount of weight. Then I plateaued for another 6 months. Flat. Each time I went to weigh in I comforted myself that "No Gain = No Gain", which is a WIN. But I really wanted to jump start to get that next 10 pounds off. That would not have put me at "goal", but it would have put me at a number I would be willing to have on my driver's license.
Many years ago I met my husband. We were both in college and I was completely smitten. Our relationship was born out of pure enjoyment of each other's company. And it was built on lots and lots of laughter. Hubby and I met because we both worked on the college media floor of the student union. He was a photographer and I was not. But I was in need of some photographs for my publication (which was not his publication). Make sense? Anyway, I sort of stalked him. For the sake of my publication, you know?
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Saturday evening my daughter and I went to an Art Studio to learn (by doing) to create a painting on canvas. This seems to be a new trend in hobby studios. (Back in the '90s I spent many an afternoon painting ceramics in similar studios). The artist instructor truly did give step by step instructions and we all left with paintings that looked quite similar to what we intended.
If you live in the Triangle Area of NC you should check out the Painting Studio called "Artistic Abandon". What a great name! They are said to have the Best Wine and Painting Parties in Raleigh. You bring the wine (and munchies if you want) and they provide the rest: Canvas, Paint, Brushes, Aprons and amazing instruction. --Of course wine and munchies are completely optional.
The website information is here: Artistic Abandon. They also have a Facebook Page.
Let's play a game: Below are two paintings from this weekend's painting excursion. See if you can tell which one is mine and which one was painted by my daughter. (Answer is at the end. --Though my discussion of our painting styles may give you all the clues you need.)
I sat beside my daughter and, although the teacher said several times "this is not a competition", I was completely intimidated by my daughter's talent. She has such a steady hand and is able to precisely draw and paint. Her flowers were so much more the look I was striving for. Even though I love precision in paintings, I have not been able to train myself to achieve this. So while my daughter and I were both following the exact same instructions, my piece looks much more impressionistic.
I think it's cool to see how two people can paint the exact same thing and have different results. I know that art is like that...everyone is influenced by a different point of view. This exercise helped me see that it's not only an artist's point of view that differentiates their work. We can each see the same thing a little differently. In addition, we each have a unique way of expressing ourselves. So, even if we saw it the same way, our depiction of that "thing" will have another nuanced difference.
Below is the answer to the game above:
We've all heard that point of view is shaped by our experiences. But I don't remember hearing much about artist's representation of that point of view. My weekend painting experience helped crystallize for me that the artist's "expression" may not reflect the essence of what they were trying to create. For me, it's most likely lack of training and practice that results in a painting that is much more impressionistic than I intended.
Here is a snapshot of how my painting was accomplished:
I had a great time. And I'm pleased with my first attempt at putting a paintbrush to canvas. I've already signed up for another class/party. There are a few paintings that I'm dying to do! Check out the Paintings Gallery website page to see the current paintings that they offer instruction on. I'd love to hear which one is your favorite. (I have a few I plan to sign up to paint.)
And, oh....since I will be spending a lot of time at the Art Studio, friends and family shouldn't be surprised if they receive an original work of art from Yours Truly for Christmas. --Then again, I may become too attached to give them up.