Last Sunday I went to the first Painting Studio offered by Jenny Doh at her new Studio Crescendoh space. It's also where I took Flora Bowley's workshop a few weeks ago.
Judging by my introverted personality, you would think I would dread painting among other people, but I don't. I actually really - really! - enjoy it. There's something about being surround by like-minded souls that is very inspiring and comforting. There is no judging, no competition. Just artistic individuals who are there to make art. Simple. And perfect.
|Harmony, me and JenEve|
I got a chance to see some of my classmates again, Jenny and Cynthia, finally meet my online friend Harmony and get to know a few other great women.
|one of my paintings at the end of the day|
I had two 24x24 canvases (which, by the way, felt TINY after painting on a 30x30) and kept alternating between them throughout the day.
And when both of them were wet, I would chat with somebody. <-- one of the many perks of painting with a group!
|second painting at the end of the session|
Last night, I realized I was very stuck on this painting above, didn't know how to move forward. Maybe I added imagery too soon and now I didn't know how to NOT ruin it. So I put on some music, 5 or 6 colors on my palette, and let go.
I still have a lot of work to do, but I am so happy with where I am now, not necessarily because of what it looks like, but because of what I did to get here. I even flipped the canvas! I was really in the moment and not afraid of doing something wrong! Plus, I am getting better with the foam brush, which is another reason to be happy. They are SO good to blend paint!
I'm evolving as an artist. And it feels good. I'm meeting new artists friends. And loving it. I belong here.
Lots to be thankful for.