Now, like so many other things, I quite enjoy painting (with acrylics) despite my obvious lack of talent. Years ago, a roommate and I used to work on canvases together whenever we were bored. Every picture we made was awful and sooner or later they all ended up in the garbage.
I realized that lately I've missed painting, missed getting in touch with that type of creativity. So, when I discovered PAINTLOUNGE, I immediately signed up for a couple of workshops.
Now, PAINTLOUNGE is not quite "Paint By Number" for grown-ups... They give you a sample picture (rated by skill level as "easy", "moderate" or "challenge") and suggest colours and approaches, but you can put your own spin on it. (You can also go in for solo work and do your own thing.) They supply all materials, and it's no big deal if you spill some paint here or splash a few drops there - BONUS!
Using a blow dryer to get the background to dry more quickly.
This was Monday night's masterpiece (my picture is on the left). I wish I had done the background stripes differently - fewer colours and wider bands. Also my birds look fat, especially the one on the far right!
Again with the blow dryer (but this is from Tuesday night's session).
My painting is on the left - I rather like this one! I like the colours I used instead of the
purples and pinks.
I plan to keep up with this whenever I have time (PAINTLOUNGE is not too far from where I live). I find it totally relaxing and the time just flies by. I doubt that I'll ever paint anything worthy of framing (never say never), but prowess isn't the point - having fun and zoning out for a few hours is.
* * *UPDATE - August 22nd: I had so much fun the first couple of times I went to Paintlounge that I returned today and brought my friend Katrin with me.
Before changing into painting T-shirts and smocks.
Yeah, we totally rocked it!