My Journey Into Painting
I remember very little about art classes in school. I recall wanting to be talented when each new medium was presented; clay, canvas, watercolors....But I didn’t have the patience.
A few years back, the B&W Ladies* wanted to do a “Bottle and Brush” at the shop here in town. Between giggling fits, spinach dip, and Riesling, we managed some pretty decent paintings!
February 2020; my artist friend Casey gave me a gift certificate for another non-local “Bottle and Brush” that she’d won at a benefit dinner. I didn’t have the chance to use it before COVID shut everything down.
About a month into COVID, my friend Holly came by with canvases, acrylic paints, and seltzer drinks. With the step-by-step help of Pinterest and the courage of seltzer, we had our own extremely local “Can and Canvas”!!
I still don’t have a lot of patience. But I have pictures. And a steadier hand. And there was an easel in the shed. I was able to buy more canvases and paints online, and continue as the urge strikes. I still don’t consider myself a true artist or master of the acrylic/canvas medium, but I do know that if I saw one of my paintings in a thrift store I’d consider it quite a find.
*B&W Ladies are a group of gals who gather a few times a year to giggle too much and vent about life over wine and appetizers, pot-luck style. If anyone asks, a B&W gathering stands for “Black and White Ball,” but the theme changes for each gathering. When we did Mother’s Day pedicures, it was “Be-dazzled toes and White cake.” Thanksgiving was themed, “Blessings and Wealth.” A friend’s birthday B&W was themed “Birthday Wishes.”