Flinging our brushes loaded with paint!
This night brought a multitude of paint techniques and music.
My fearless group of ladies showed up ready to take on their blank canvases and splash them with color to create their own ‘Spanish Guitar’. All participants were treated to complimentary cupcakes from the amazing ‘Cupcake Boss Lady’ Jamie Barclift of Eugene Party Cupcakes. These cupcakes were the perfect addition to Capitello’s artisan wines which we all thoroughly enjoyed.
Once everyone settled in with their wine and treats it was time to start washing some color onto the canvases. This is the moment where everyone can get comfortable with applying the blue acrylic paints to their white canvas. This is a simple background wash but it helps everyone to loosen up and see how the acrylic paint will spread around with each brush stroke.
Once everyone was happy with their guitar outline it was time to start blocking in the colors of the guitar.
Now I know these ladies can do more than just block in colors and I wanted to allow them to play with not only colors but textures in this painting. One of the easiest ways to get texture is through the use of multiple brushes and using a variety of different strokes mixed with a variety of colors. So everyone armed themselves with their brushes and started to work in the layers of colors in the background.
I always emphasis to the painters that they should choose how they want to create their background textures. It is a good practice to remind them that this is their painting and they will have their own style. That is what makes these classes so fantastic is that no one walks away with a piece that look like a replica of someone else’s. Making art is about being brave, bold and risky. There is no better time to start giving the green light then when you have a paint brush in hand.
Now was the moment we had to step up the music to match these sporadic painting techniques for the textured backgrounds. We went from Florence and the Machine to Katy Perry. It was a blast! The paintings were finally starting to come together.
Let’s not forget Jamie and Bill of Eugene Party Cupcakes! Not only did they bring tasty deserts but they assisted me in passing out colors and cleaning brushes. They are AWESOME!
The finish line was coming and it was just a matter of refining the details. We all grabbed the smaller brushes and added the frets and the strings to the guitar. Everyones pieces were looking fantastic and I couldn’t wait for final pictures. It is also enjoyable having all the painters see each others pieces. They always love how everyone has a unique look to their guitar even though they used the same paints and brushes. I am incredibly proud of these ladies for being bold and taking on the brushes and canvas to start developing their unique artistic style.