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Monday, July 30, 2012

Hello Lover: A Brush and Some Paint

Since I was a wee one I have loved arts and crafts. My mother was really great at getting me involved in painting and coloring when I was very young, and then encouraged me to keep up my love as I grew up. I come from a family of crafty girls. The passion for art when I was young has continued all through my life. Eventually I decided to go to art school and make a career making beautiful things. I have always been interested in painting. I painted the walls of my bedroom when I was 14. I painted all through college and then afterword’s I started a VERY ambitious project on a large canvas that never I just stopped working on 4 years ago.

Anyways Mrs. Dancer saw a group-on for a painting class called Vintage Canvas and as on the spur of the moment she purchased a class for both of us. Now originally she said we had until the end of December to use the class however two weeks ago, right before I left for my trip she told me that the class expired the end of this month. So we logged onto the site and there were only two classes that would work with my vacation leaving schedule. The first was a class before I left, which was of a bridge, it didn’t look that fantastic. The second was ‘Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh. Anyone who knows me knows I just ADORE Vincent.

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ME IN 2010 AT THE VAN GOGH MUSEUM IN AMSTERDAM

Starry Night is one of my favorites of his works and I did an inspired piece when I was 19 in one of my first classes at the Art Institute. Van Gogh with his loose brushstrokes and passionate colors melts my heart.

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A VAN GOGH STARRY NIGHT INSPIRED OWL ARTWORK

So after I get off the plane from Myrtle Beach, have a weekend of house guests, I immediately Segway into a painting class. It wasn’t optimal but it is what it is. Mrs. Dancer picked up my tired butt and drove me to the shop. I loved it immediately. It was filled with light, and paintbrushes, and canvases, and paint. I brought my own smock, like I bring my own apron to cooking classes, one because I love the way my smock feels and fits and two because I am a girl for flair. My smock has LOADS of flair… and paint…. all over it.

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The room was full of chairs and canvases on two long tables. The instructor started by asking who had ever painted before. Mrs. Dancer and I were the only ones there who went to an art school. I found the class to be geared toward the beginner. They had a simplified photo of the painting to use as reference and the teacher did a step by step walkthrough. At first Mrs. Dancer and I followed the leader, but then at some point we both whipped out our phones, looked up the real painting and began to go off the beaten path of the class. I can reassure you that I did ask the teacher if we could do our own thing, mostly out of politeness as I would have done it anyways.

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PARTNERS IN CRIME BREAKING THE PAINTING CLASS RULES

I wanted to take step by step photos of my painting so I would have a record of how it looked in all its stages, but to be honest a happy glow filled me up and took over my brain. Photography had no room in the joyness, I was just so happy to have picked up a paintbrush. Although I didn’t learn anything from the class about painting that I already didn’t know what was fantastic was the actual act of sitting down and painting. Sure we only had two hours, sure I could have stayed there much longer to tweak and work on my painting but I was HAPPY with that brush in my hand.

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After the class was over everyone walked around to look at all the paintings. Everyone’s looked pretty much the same, exactly how the simplified version of the painting looked with a few minor variations. Mrs. Dancers and mine however were vastly different. She had some yellow green funky colors going on and a heavy black outline to her painting that I loved. Mine was swirling and airy with large suns of light shining through. Again and again the other students would stop by our desks and make some comment about how good our paintings were and again and again we stated that we went to art school.

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EVERYONES PAINTINGS LOOKED PRETTY SIMILAR

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MRS. DANCER AND I WERE OUTSIDE OF THE NORM

I was surprised by how much I actually liked my finished painting. Not only do I like the work but I love the feeling that it represents. I am going to put it by my desk in the computer room as a reminder to not ignore my painting love in the future. Not bad for a two hour class. Mrs. Dancer and I are even talking about possibly taking a art school level oil painting class in the future.

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I REALLY LIKED MY FINISHED WORK OF ART

2 comments:

Jennifer Arens said...

Looks so awesome! You should paint more!

paul peggy zeus said...

I'm so happy that you picked up that brush again. It's been too long!

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