Painting with a smaller brush

Look what I made.

Painting of four ladies dancing

I haven’t painted in a very long time. I mean, aside from walls, ceilings, furniture.

My friends set up a girls night at a painting class.

Girls night at painting class

These paint and sips–wine is on offer along with paint–have become very popular in our area. Everyone paints the same painting as the artist talks you through the process.

This is the painting we were copying.

Painting class

The artist talked us through the background and then adding the bodies–paint a heart, add arms and very long legs.

Painting class

Add necks and heads and then dress them with swooshes of pink and blue and yellow and red. Accent it with white. And know when to stop before the colours all blend together–that was the most valuable part of the class. The instruction to put down my brush and walk away.

Painting class

I felt a bit like Degas.

Painting class

As the paintings took shape, it was neat to see how they were each slightly different, depending on the colours we chose and our own approaches.

Painting class

I deviated from the plan when it came to the very end. The ladies are dancing on grass, so the curtains in the original painting didn’t make a lot of sense to me. I added some tree branches instead.

Painting class

I can’t say that dancing ladies are my usual style when it comes to art, but I’m thrilled with how this painting turned out. In fact, I think I might give this another try on my own.

This painting high on a wall at the artist’s studio makes me think I might be able to do a rendition of my favourite furry fellow.

Shaggy dog painting

It was fun to be creative in a different way than usual.

Are you a painter? I mean, of actual paintings? Have you ever been to an art class? Or a paint and sip?

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18 thoughts on “Painting with a smaller brush

  1. I think it’s beautiful – you should frame your first painting! It did make sense adding the tree branches. Very creative!

  2. Nicely done, It looks great! The tree branch addition does make more sense. The class looks like it was a lot of fun. I have been doing alcohol ink “paintings” lately, in fact I’m kind of obsessed. They are small little things, on ceramic tile or yupo paper, and I’m experimenting with different styles, so some are abstract, some landscapes etc. What I love about the alcohol ink is that it’s a very organic method – the inks just do their own thing and much of what you do is luck or happenstance.

  3. I love your painting! You did a fantastic job. My mom and my brother’s girlfriend and I have done a few of those classes. They are very popular here now too. I always think i am going to paint on my own and never take the time to do it.

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