Monday, January 12, 2009

Name this post! I'm out of "clever" tonight.

Have y'all ever done the Sips n Strokes or painting classes? We have one in Huntsville with a girl who is really great. Here is her website if you live around here. This is the second painting that I've done with her and I've been happy with the class both times!

I've painted at a different place in town, too, for a birthday party for a friend and that was great! I think they are all fun. Here is the bottom line:

A bunch of women yakking + wine + feeling like you are creative = good times.

Tonight we painted a cross that I have been excited about for a long time, but have never been able to do it before tonight.
Here is the set up: several round tables, lots of easels and canvases and everybody trying to follow instructions, but really asking, "What did she just say?". Here is my cross about half way through. And the group of friends that I was painting with. We all just kind of ended up there without much planning and it was an entertaining group- as in we laughed the whole time. We posed in front of the "model" piece of art because ours were all- lets just say- a little different from that one. Oh, and those shirts are smocks, in case you are questioning my fashionista layering technique. Here is my finished project! I'm kinda thrilled with it! I just don't know where on earth it will go. I'll post another picture once I hang it up somewhere.

And with the wonderful piece of handmade art, I also walked away with some life lessons:

  • The grass is always greener. (If you are using green this can be literally true, but in my case it was figurative.) I would walk around and think, "Oh, that is great" or "Why didn't I do that" or "I'm going to knock her over and take that home", but when I came back to mine, I still seemed to like it. It wasn't that bad. I think the theme for the song "Love the one your with" would fit here properly.
  • There is such a thing as TOO much of a good thing. For example, gold paint, can in fact, be too much. Not in my case, but I bore witness to some examples tonight.
  • Everything is relative. Everybody had a completely different painting and we were all working with the same paints, instructions, canvas, etc. It was wild. Reminded me of this verse. Everybody has different viewpoints and interprets the same image differently, like everyone has different talents and uses them differently.

Good night. I hope you get those "Doo doo duh doo, doo doo duh Doot"s out of your head before too long.

You're welcome.


BASSakward Tales said...

that would be a great Christmas piece to hang each year! it is great! i am afraid what would happen if combined sips and strokes?!

becky said...

good job mama!!

Jenny said...

I SOO have wanted to paint that cross! I'll have to catch it next time. :) I need to check her website more often. Thanks for the reminder, and I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person who gets a lesson out of everything... ;P Good job, Hillary!

Lindsey said...

i have been to the ones in b'ham a couple of times and i really love it. i gave the first painting to my mom, and the second one is waiting to go up in the kids bathroom. your cross is beautiful!

LOOK WHO'S MARRIED!!!! said...

I've been several times in Bham and loved every moment of it. They don't have anything like that in Vegas. Bummer. =(
Your picture is awesome!

holly said...

so funny you said something about the smock. that's the first thing i thought when i saw the pic, "what is she wearing?" then i saw that everyone had them on and it all came together. great work on the painting!

Hollie and Janie said...

You did such an awesome job! I have been to one here with Wendy Lavoy, and it was so neat to see how the same painting turned out so differently!!

Carrie said...

I know exactly where you can hang that picture! There is this blank space just to the left of my desk...

I love it! We should do this with mom...

annieck said...

Looks SO good!
I hear that Sips n Strokes is so much fun. I must do that sometime soon!

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