Monday, October 18, 2010

Painting Soiree: Success!

I've had 3 Painting Soirees in my studio so far, and I must say they've been a lot of fun! 

"Fractured Sunset" The first Soiree!
What is Painting Soiree, you ask? It's my new project: painting workshop parties. It's guided painting in a fun environment. People come to my art studio, bring beverages of their choosing, and go home with a finished canvas that they painted!

"Penguin Soiree!"
I provide the studio space and all of the art supplies. We have a few drinks, turn up some tunes and paint! We start with an "inspiration" piece that I've painted, and go step by step recreating it. The beautiful thing is that you don't have to have any experience painting

Everyone can paint. Some people are intimidated or afraid, and I get that. Maybe they were criticized in school, or perhaps they're just afraid of expressing themselves. Afraid of failure, afraid of success... I get it. But I'm here to tell you that you can paint. You can paint. You may not be able to paint like Claude Monet, but you have your own voice and your own unique style. Everyone should paint! There is something very satisfying about dipping a brush in paint, and putting to the canvas, especially at the end of a work day.

Painters at play on "Vincent's Sky"
I learned quickly that it takes very little convincing to get people to paint once they're in front of a canvas. People want to paint. It's impossible to just sit there when you've got a blank canvas and colorful palette of paint at your fingertips. It's just pure potential! One of the first things I tell everyone is to take as much artistic license as they want to make their painting their own.  I hadn't realized exactly how different each person's painting would look! It's really wonderful to see my original paintings go through the filter (the mind, hand, personality, experiences and whatever else makes an individual unique) of each person, and transformed into something entirely new.

"Vincent's Sky" Soiree!
I'm really excited for future Soirees! I'm holding them once a week, on different evenings. If you're in the Denver area and would like to join in, you can sign up at my website, or if you're on Facebook, please join my page and sign up there for a 25% discount.

And definitely drop me a line if you have any questions, or feel free to comment below!