Last night was our painting party by the pool. I just have to tell you, it was a beautiful evening.
There’s just something about art and friendship. It’s hard to explain. Art can just draw you in, if that makes any sense.
I hadn’t seen two of my friends for two years! Two years? Seems ridiculous now, writing it, but with the ‘stay at home’ orders of 2020 and the ‘lives getting back to normal’ of 2021, two years seems like a blink.
What brought us back together? Art.
I hadn’t seen another friend in a year. Life is busy. We text and things, but the face to face seeing has been a year. What changed? The idea of getting together to paint, aka art.
Same with another friend I hadn’t seen since April.
Art can be a bond, a sisterhood almost, a connection, an ice breaker, a calling, a ’something in common’, a home base, a meeting point, a random Monday after two years get together, and art can be a lesson. Last night, I learned many.
The artist was the perfect fit. Bubbly, funny, and her teaching style flowed well. She quieted the ”I’m not doing this rights” and was genuinely excited about our work.
Her reminders of ’not comparing’ reminded me of it’s importance in creating art. It could be easy to climb upon the ’so and so’s is better than mine’ train. But, that train wasn’t even in our station.
It definitely was a fun night, but for me, it felt like more growth, as an artist. She taught how to hold the brush and how to use the wrist for strokes. She taught us how to quickly dismiss the I cant’s, and just trust our instincts.
I think my favorite part, was learning to paint in layers. A little paint here, some more paint there. Because, in that process, mistakes are made. Mistakes???
Oh no! Not the dreaded mistakes!
Seems like the last thing we as artists want to do is mess something up! It’s easy to get in the mindset of no mistakes in art, but last night brought with it a new perspective.
Having too much paint on the brush is allowed. Soaking up my entire paper towel with extra water and paint is accepted. Adding colors that aren’t on the original piece is a-ok. Not getting everything just so? Totally doable!
Laughter, paint on my shirt, food, wine, conversation, old friends and a new one, lessons learned, letting go, those are what a simple painting party brought.
My goodness!! All of that? Sign me up for another one!
Thanks for reading. Hope you have a wonderful day.