Paint Parties

First paintings

ETA: This post was supposed to “Publish” yesterday – Friday 11.12. I have no clue why it didn’t.

Several months ago a local woman decided to hold a monthly paint night in town. She’s passionate about painting and enabling others. When I tenatively suggested to Ed that it might be fun to go to the paint party he was all for it.

Ed’s had fun with paints from time to time.

Me? I don’t recall having art in school other than a few times doing typical elementary school Mothers Day cards and once, in 3rd grade, ironing crayon shavings using wax paper. When teachers would have us draw a picture of our families and/or house I wanted to hide under the desk.

My lack of know-how or ability to render what my mind saw onto paper was daunting and demoralizing.

Yet, there have been times when I’ve attempted drawing with pencils or ink and enjoy trying.

This seemed like a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone!

We’ve had a blast! The teacher doesn’t stress about making things look a certain way. She demonstrates each step as we go, heaping loads of encouragement and praise. The whole atmosphere is upbeat and cheerful.
Tonic after the past umpteen month.

Tonight’s picture was a cow. Our granddaughter loves cows so Ed invited her to paint. Aurora hung out with me at home while Ed and Violet went to the grange. Ed figured he’d assist Violet but he quickly realized she needed no help!

Let the fun begin

Our canvases have always been blank but the teacher decided it’d be easier for participants if she sketched the cow on the sleds ahead of time. (Almost all participants are adults.)

She definitely wasn’t intimidated or hesitant. She had blast!

Grateful for:
Fun opportunities to step out of the comfort zone
An upbeat group of people who aren’t critical of how the person next to them is painting.
The friendly, cheerful teacher, and her husband who helps with setting up and cleaning up.
Community!

Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle used in weaving Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, and a dozen Great Wheels, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making only spindles. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing a fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays are set aside for worshiping God with our small, Scotts Mills Friends Meeting and occasionally riding our bicycles on sunny afternoons.

2 thoughts on “Paint Parties”

  1. Ah…the sheer joy of creating! I love your artworks. They are whimsical, fun and shine with the joy the whole experience brought. This teacher has given a great gift to your community. 💗

    1. Mitzi’s enthusiastic and cheerful parties are a blessing, plus she donates a percentage of the evening’s earnings to the Grange which has been wonderful for them. Win/win!

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