Wine, paints, music and fun!
I am so proud of everything these ladies learned about painting tonight.
My fearless group of ladies showed up ready to take on their blank canvases and splash them with color to create their own ‘Stunning Peacock’. 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 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. The next step was to outline the peacock. Since everyone was at different comfort levels there were a few who wanted to use the peacock stencil to outline their composition. Others wanted to follow me step by step as we used lines and basic geometric shapes to block in the peacock. It is important to me to give everyone options as we go through these paintings.
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 a fan brush. Luckily it is also the fastest way to show the feathers on a peacock. So everyone armed themselves with the fan brush after they created the lines for their feathers and started putting in the first layer of texture in their paintings.
We added two more levels of color with the fan brush going from darkest to light. Then it was time to set the eyes of the peacock in the feathers. I always emphasis to the painters that they should choose how many feathers or eyes they want to add to their peacock. 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.
With all this paint building up on the feathers it was time for a break to allow the paint to dry. Making time for wine is always a good idea. So when we all got back in front of our canvases we began to block in the color of the peacock body. We worked on the beak and the wings. This area gave everyone the chance to work with two different sized round brushes since we were starting to refine the painting.
Once again we tackled dark to light on the peacock body and started to place the eyes and beak. The paintings were finally starting to come together. As I mentioned everyone was at different levels so now is the time it is imperative as an instructor to start honing in on the painters that need extra assistance and give them the guidance they need but I always tailor that to how they intuitively apply their paints. It is important to me that I always address everyone’s different style and approach to painting.
The finish line was coming and it was just a matter of refining the details. We all grabbed the smaller brushes and added dots to the peacock body, eyelashes and the plumage on the top of the peacock’s head. The night was wrapping up but the music was still playing and the wine was being finished off. There were quite a few painters that could have sat for another hour working on detail and a few others were ready to call it a wrap. But the best part about these painting events is seeing everyone’s final pieces. Majority of these ladies were beginner painters and they achieved so much in one evening. I am incredibly proud of them for being bold and taking on the brushes and canvas to start developing their unique artistic style.