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 make payment for a small fee and then receive a blank canvas, a tray of paints, a glass of wine (or two) or another beverage of your choice, as well as 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 you copy. It is interesting and fun, especially for a novice painter such as myself, but it may become tedious if the instructor works on the pace of the slowest painter (not I!) and everybody waits and waits until each attendee is at the same point ahead of the lesson continues. For a speed demon such as myself, this sluggish pace would not lead to creativity but rather the fatigue of non-participation therefore i simply abandoned my leader and moved along at my own pace. Having a finished product to replicate and occasion listening, I ended up with a fairly decent wine beverage representation with added touches, dashes, and flourishes of my very own.

Paint and sip
The instructor, unfortunately, had not been a teacher. She knew some techniques and she or he had obviously led this lesson more than once in the past, but she wasn't attuned to her students. We plodded, she yapped; we waited and then she yapped some more. It was clear that this slowest painter was never going to finish but we patiently killed time likewise. During this "free" time the teacher 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 are just some of her remarks. Really allows you to want to paint, don't you think?

But the class was still fun because I was with friends and dibbling around with colors is entertaining and critiquing non-teacher types is much more so. As a result I decided 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 set 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 so that I could explain some tips i had done, when and how, and in addition clarified some important steps just like having a damp canvas, how to cover errors with white, tools designed for special touches, and so forth. For those who were too nervous to self-launch, I led them step-by-step through the process. For those who i would like to plunge, I permit them to go with maximum freedom.

As my friends painted, I wandered, offered advice, analyzed other bottle shapes and backdrops on the Internet, and commended their efforts. Although some replications were a little on the mysterious side, just like the command "draw a bottleneck approximately 1-inch wide" produced tiny traces and thin lines instead, but the idea was creativity which was just how some translated my try 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 along with imagination and magical conceptualizations in each painting. The finished products were fantastic.