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30 Mar 2016
Paint and sip
With regards to a year ago three friends and that i attended a Paint and Sip session. When you attend such an affair you make payment for a small fee and after that receive a blank canvas, a tray of paints, a glass of wine (or two) or another beverage of your choice, and also 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 copy. It is enjoyable, especially for a novice painter like myself, but it can be tedious if the instructor works in the pace of the slowest painter (not I!) and everybody waits and waits until each attendee is a the same point ahead of the lesson continues. To get a speed demon such as myself, this sluggish pace would not lead to creativity but alternatively the fatigue of non-participation well, i simply abandoned my leader and moved along inside my own pace. With 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 own.

BYOB painting

The instructor, unfortunately, has not been a teacher. She knew some techniques and she had obviously led this lesson repeatedly in the past, but she had not been attuned to her students. We plodded, she yapped; we waited and he or she yapped some more. It was clear that this slowest painter was never going to finish but we patiently killed time the same. During this "free" time the trainer filled any empty spots of air with criticism to her fledgling artists: "Too much color", "Stop wanting to fix that mess", and "Please quit" were are just some of her remarks. Really making you want to paint, doesn't it?

But the class used to be fun because I was with friends and dibbling around with colors is entertaining and critiquing non-teacher types is even more so. As a result I chose to host my own paint and sip with no pressure applied. Ten friends gathered within my home one evening excited to evaluate this activity. Each easel was packed with a clean canvas, water and brushes were prepared, and an array of paint drops filled each pallet. I had a finished example to share with you so that I could explain a few things i had done, when and how, plus clarified some important steps like having a damp canvas, the best way to cover errors with white, tools available for special touches, etc. For those who were too nervous to self-launch, I led them step-by-step over the process. For those who just wanted to plunge, I allow them go with maximum freedom.

As my friends painted, I wandered, offered advice, explored other bottle shapes and backdrops on the net, and commended their efforts. While some replications were a bit on the mysterious side, just like the command "draw a bottleneck approximately 1-inch wide" produced tiny traces and thin lines instead, though the idea was creativity and that was just how some translated my try to their canvas. Others, with amazing vision, added dogwood blossoms, fancy wine beverage labels, and intricate designs with delicate shades. The inner personality was exposed together with imagination and magical conceptualizations in each painting. The finished products were fantastic.


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