Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hosting Paint Night . . .

A few nights ago, four of us met together at my house,
for a night of painting.  No instruction, just us.
There were two others that planned to be with us
but they ended up having conflicts.
It was a night to paint whatever we wanted to.
We each had a plan and off we went.

I planned some eats and others brought things too.
As you will see, some wine bottles
found their way onto the make shift kitchen island studio.
Donna and I painted Birch Trees.
I really like Donna's painting intent, style and touch.

Marie arrived late at our event
and decided not to paint
and instead
this silly girl showed us her empty canvas, new brushes and paints
(Next time she promises us she will paint!).

 Barbie surprised us all. 
She knew just what she wanted to paint and set off to do so.
The funny part was when she walked through the door with her seven foot easel.
She named her painting, 
Dandelions in the Dark
Barbie was on a dynamo roll.   
 Donna's final Birch Tree painting was wonderful,
like I said, I like her touch!
Donna and I were following the same picture as a guide.
We had similar, but slightly different interpretations. 
 I grew up in a family where my brother and mother were considered the artists.
Venturing out this past year to give my hand at a try in painting
has surprised me as much as it has surprised others. 
I must say,
I haven't enjoyed anything else this much in a long, long time.
The best part has been in the trying and doing, very relaxing,
You may have heard about Paint Nights
that are happening in many cities and in various settings.
I have been participating with a local artist
and her
Art Uncork'd Paint Nites
(click on her name and it will take you to see her exceptional art)
There are six to eight of us painting each paint night.
Sharon has a painting that she has completed
for us to look at and ponder and then she leads
us into painting our own.
There is a charge for the classes
which include the paints, brushes, canvas and the artists guidance.
Paint Nights can be found in many cities near me
I just checked and found many within a half hour to hour drive,  
so I am sure you can find them too.
I encourage you to give it a try,
it is really very enjoyable.
In addition, there are many videos available on line
that give you step to step visual instruction
in oils, acrylics and watercolor.
I'll be back again soon,
Love, Lynne



Rose said...

These are all so very nice...and love the 'Dandelions in the Dark.' The name is so appealing...

Margaret Adamson said...

You folk are coming along very nicely.

Marie said...

What a delightful idea! You are fortunate to know so many friends who actually DO paint! I really loved the birch trees!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Lynne, the paint party is a great idea.. I like your more relaxed setting with your friends for a paint night..And I love the birch trees, they are beautiful. You are talented..Have a happy day!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I LOVE the fun you are having, Lynn! And, your painting is wonderful. THANK YOU for making me start to feel the urge to dig out my brushes and tubes!! blessings ~ tanna

From the Kitchen said...

My Muse book group has talked about doing this. What fun! I think I'll try and nudge them along. Love the birch trees and the dandelion.


Optimistic Existentialist said...

Happy Monday Lynne! I really love all of the paintings! This sounds like an amazing and fun evening :) paint party.

Missy George said...

Good job Lynne..thanks for sharing..Sounds like fun..I'm going to try to send this post to my sister who takes classes locally..Art was her Minor in college..

Kim said...

I used to paint a lot when I was younger...more time, I guess. I haven't picked up a brush in long time, but your fun party makes me miss it. Maybe someday! Pretty pictures!

Pamela Gordon said...

I think this is a fun idea Lynne. I love your birch trees and the dandelion one is pretty cool. Birch trees are a favourite of mine. Enjoy!

bj said...

O,how fun this would be...
yes, I've heard of these paint clubs and would do it in a New York minute if I had any talent at all.
My mother and an aunt were very good at painting.
I love the trees......

Musings from Kim K. said...

Such wonderful talented ladies! I just love the excitement. You have a very special group of painting companions.

amanda | wildly simple said...

Fabulous!! I can't think of much better than creativity and cozy gatherings combined like this.
You guys did a wonderful job. Our nearby town has Wine & Canvas nights at the small art gallery once a month until June. I'm hoping to get some feedback on the instructor and atmosphere to see if they'll be a fit for me. :) I've always been the artist of my family, but other demands and distractions have limited my artsy endeavors in recent years.
I've had little formal training, so a class is on my to-do list for 2015 as part of cultivating my creativity.
Thanks for sharing the joy and inspiration, Lynne!!

Anonymous said...

i just MUST have a Paint Party like this. What fun! I think my friends would adore it too. Great idea.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

paint night!!! love it!
i really like your style...your trees are beautiful!!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Not familiar with Paint Nights in our area, Lynne. I'll have to suggest this to Dennis. He's been teaching an afternoon watercolor class at our local cultural arts center. This may be something he'd like to do in the future. Then again, I'm not sure he wants to give up his evenings. But I bet it's a lot of fun. You certainly have a big smile on your face! ~ Nancy P.S. I like your painting.

susan said...

You ladies are amazing! I can't believe what you accomplished in just one evening. What a great way to spend and evening with friends.

Lea said...

That's beautiful! A fun activity (I love drawing and painting) done with friends. What more can you ask for? :)