#MicroblogMondays: Paint Night

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I am decidedly UNtalented at art; I peaked in the sixth grade with my drawings of Snoopy – some of which were actually pretty good.

But as soon as I didn’t have to take any kind of art class, I stopped. And now, I can barely draw a legible stick figure.

It was a few years ago when one of my college friends arranged to do a girls night “Paint Night.” My BFF went and asked me if I wanted in, and my answer was a resounding Hell no. The idea of going out with friends to actually paint a picture? Completely intimidating and not at all interesting to me.

But then I read Brene Brown and started realized just how important creativity is to me and how much I’ve lost it since I was younger. And I decided to open myself up to it should the opportunity arise.

Then it did. Saturday night I went to a Paint Night which was held as a fundraiser with some of my triathlon friends. None of us admitted to being particularly good at art, all of us were nervous, and still, it was a great time.

I learned that painting is actually pretty forgiving; you can mess up (and I did!) and it’ll still look decent when you’re done.

I’m pretty proud of myself for how my painting came out.

But mostly I am proud that I put myself out there and did something creative that scared me.

The beginning – an empty canvas. (Yikes!)

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The moon and background with shading…

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Then the tree outline…

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Beginning to fill in the leaves…

The final, finished painting.

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7 Responses to #MicroblogMondays: Paint Night

  1. Parul says:

    Wow! Such beautiful work. Stunning and worth a frame!

  2. Great job! I haven’t been to one of those painting classes but think they sound like fun as I’m sure the teacher walks you through everything and dumbs it down for people like me who lost the artistic bone in her body YEARS ago. 🙂

  3. JustHeather says:

    Very nice! I love photos/paintings/pictures like that. The moon is just magical.

  4. Mali says:

    Well done. It sounds like fun – I took up painting about a decade ago, and really loved it, even if I wasn’t very good. I should get back to it.

  5. Justine says:

    Fun! I read this, so apropos, just the other day on Brain Pickings:

    “In a particularly impassioned letter to Theo from October 2, 1884, Van Gogh writes:

    ‘If one wants to be active, one mustn’t be afraid to do something wrong sometimes, not afraid to lapse into some mistakes. To be good – many people think that they’ll achieve it by doing no harm – and that’s a lie… That leads to stagnation, to mediocrity. Just slap something on it when you see a blank canvas staring at you with a sort of imbecility.

    You don’t know how paralyzing it is, that stare from a blank canvas that says to the painter you can’t do anything. The canvas has an idiotic stare, and mesmerizes some painters so that they turn into idiots themselves.

    Many painters are afraid of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas IS AFRAID of the truly passionate painter who dares – and who has once broken the spell of “you can’t.” ‘ “

  6. Traci York says:

    Wow! Certainly doesn’t look like the work of someone who can barely draw a stick figure! Great job – both with the painting, and getting out of your comfort zone. 🙂

  7. noemi says:

    Good for you for accessing your creative side in an unfamiliar way. That is so, so awesome, and also so, so hard.

    Your painting is great, by the way.

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