(AN A to Z 2014 Challenge entry)
P is for painting. I started painting when I was in high school. In college I minored in Studio Arts. I took advanced painting three times for credit because I just wanted to keep painting every day.
I have sold a handful of paintings over the years. One to my college for their permanent collection. One to a former coworker. Another to a friend. I have given away a number of pieces to friends and family as presents. To me, painting has never been about the money. Painting is my zen. If I am stressed, I can simply just pick up a paintbrush and mix paints to calm my nerves. The act instantly makes me happy and content, and the final product is just a nice perk.
I hadn’t painted in a while and then a friend chose to do one of those Wine & Canvas events for her birthday. I admit, at first I was like, man I am overpaying a company to do something that I can do at my house by myself, but actually it was a lot of fun. (Still think that the price should include a drink and not as another out of pocket expense.) In this class, a painter takes you through the steps to complete a painting. I got there a half hour late because Mother Nature decided to dump 6+ inches of a mid-April snowstorm. Being that I paint all the time, I was able to catch up in just a couple of minutes.
The painting we were completing was one called Northern Lights. Here is an in-progress shot:
And here is the final product with all of our works of art:
I thought I would also use this post as an opportunity to share some of my other works.
While I haven’t been painting in the last couple of months, below is my most recent WIP (and it still is a WIP). This WIP taken outside the gates of a kasbah (the Moroccan equivalent of gated community). I originally completed the painting in college as one of my assignments. I admit, it was the last in a series and I was running out of steam and time to get it done. And since then, I haven’t been remotely satisfied with it (we all always our worst critics, amiright?!)
Here is an acrylic painting that I did in high school and has been transformed more times than I can count. It is a piece where if I need to try new ideas or simply unsure what to start, I turn to this piece and let it take on a new form.
And now for some finished works of art and will be a part of my permanent collection (pieces that I personally will never sell unless someone is somehow able to convince me otherwise.)
Have you ever participated in a Wine & Canvas event or something similar? Do you have an outlet for creative passions? If so, have you ever completely overhauled a work because you simply were not satisfied with it?