Every May for the last 3ish years when I get my domain hosting renewal notice, I contemplate not renewing. $250 for something I rarely use seems a bit excessive yet the idea of closing this down and eliminating it from my history also feels too heart breaking, so I renewed for yet another year. Is there anyone who still reads here? Please say hi! Make me feel like that was money well spent…
Perhaps more people would read here if I actually posted something new from time to time (noted). The good news is, my crazy busy time of the year (Jan-end of March) is finally over, so I’ve had some time to paint lately. I’m currently working on two commissioned paintings, as well as one that will be a gift.
I guess this would be a good time to share a new painting. I can’t take too much credit for this one, as I literally saw it in a store when my boyfriend and I were couch shopping. Being the cheap person that I am, and Do-It-Yourself-er, I snapped a photo, and recreated it at home, literally in a couple of hours between Friday night and Saturday morning. Don’t worry – I am not trying to sell it and take credit for it. I couldn’t find the original artist online anywhere to give credit where it is due, although I did find a site that will reproduce this painting in Asia for very little money and ship it to you… Here is the progression of my version of it.
I actually love what it turned out as, even though the first few steps looked rough. They always do. If there is one thing experience has taught me, it is to trust the process and not give up early on when it looks awful. It somehow always turns out okay if you just carry on. I’d say that’s good overall life advice and not just for painting.
And just like that, another year of neglected New Year’s resolutions has come to an end. Last year, I made my painting goal to complete 3 paintings for myself. I even called this “a realistic goal” back when I set it, thinking that I will blow that number out of the water. NOPE. I actually completed an astounding ZERO. Yep, another forgotten year in my painting history. My house still only has paintings from 2013 and 2014 and thus none that I’ve done specifically for my house (since I bought it in 2016). Maybe this year will be different… I’m not holding my breath.
I did however, complete 3 commissioned paintings. Then around September, decided to stop taking commissioned work so that I can do a few for people as gifts, and a few for myself. I completed 2 as gifts, and started a third one, but still none for myself. Here are two that I did for my mom for her birthday. She specifically told me what she wanted, since as my best customer, she knows I don’t like ambiguity.
A few years back (probably several years in a row actually) I made the resolution to learn a thing or two about photography, and by looking at these photographs of my paintings, it is obvious that that is another resolution that I never kept. Sigh. I also forgot to take photos as I was working on these paintings (which is likely because I crammed all the painting into a few days over the Christmas holidays so there were no obvious breaks when I could take pictures).
So this year, I’m going to take it even easier on my self with the whole New Year’s resolution stuff. My goal for the year is to continue painting whatever that entails. Between working full time, doing my Masters full time, keeping two dogs and a relationship alive, I am rather busy. There’s at least one painting that will be a gift that I want to finish then hopefully a couple for my house, although those would be a bonus. Setting the bar real low in terms of painting goals this year haha. Maybe there is a chance I will have a positive “Recap of 2017” post up next year.
What are your goals for 2017 (painting or non-painting related)?
Paint Nites have been super popular among my friends lately. These are basically painting events hosted by a bar, where you are provided with all the required painting materials and an instructor to guide you through a relatively simple painting, and in a few hours you go home drunk and with a masterpiece to hang proudly in your living room. Theoretically. I basically copied this idea and used it as a way to get my friends to paint with me. Here are my 7 tips for throwing a painting party:
Tip 1 – Instruction.
Someone needs to be the instructor to hold everyone’s hand. Most of your friends probably have never painted before so they will need step by step detailed instructions and it also helps for them to watch you. I have never taught anyone before and probably went way too fast and had zero patience and it still worked out, so chances are you will do much better. Basically just be in front of the room and paint slowly while verbalizing what you are doing. It doesn’t have to make sense.
Tip 2 – Booze.
I provided the painting supplies and all my guests brought booze. The more the merrier, because it obviously helps with everyone’s creativity. Just be careful not to dip your paint brushes into the wine. Or spill it on the carpet.
Tip 3 – Food.
Because no one is happy when they are hungry, so make sure there is some food around. Finger foods are best so that you can still paint while snacking.
Tip 4 – Feedback.
“Um, excuse me, Miss, can I get some feedback?” was probably the most uttered sentence that night. Luckily everyone had been drinking so I didn’t have to really make sense with my “expert opinion.” But most people like feedback so be ready to help out and tell them how awesome their monkey inside their jar looks.
Tip 5 – Planning.
We planned this event about a week in advance and made a Facebook event for it where we set up a polling station so everyone could vote on the painting that they wanted to paint. I gave them 4 options, shown below. I think it helped get everyone excited for it.
Tip 6 – Fun.
Just have it. Lot’s of it. Since in the end, it really doesn’t matter what you paint. The point of the night is to have a good time with your friends.
Tip 7 – Puppies.
Bring some. Because everyone needs a cute assistant.
And that’s it for my advice for throwing a kick ass painting party. Everyone agreed it was a great time and we are definitely going to do it again! You are all invited.
Have you ever been to an actual Paint Nite event? How was it?
Thank you Ottawa for hosting another super successful Timeraiser! The 7th Ottawa Timeraiser took place Nov 8th, 2014 at the Canadian War Museum in Gatineau, Quebec and it was a fantastic night.Things we can be proud of:
The event raised 3695 hours of volunteer work for the Ottawa community
There was an amazing chocolate fountain that kept me busy all night