Friday, May 4, 2012

Art Is Hard


Friday: May I share something funny?


This isn't really something funny...more like something fun.


Earlier this week my friends and I went to one of those wine and painting nights. You may have seen these around...they set you up with paints and a canvas and they walk you through painting something while you laugh and drink with your friends.

My girls and I saw a deal for a local wine and paining night on one of those daily deal sites, so we all bought it and planned a date of it. We didn't really realize that the whole "wine" part of the name was more like a suggestion. The wine wasn't actually provided...we had to buy it. Bah for false advertising. (I'm bitter about this.)

Anyway, I guess this is a little bit of "something funny" because, well, I channel my creativity through writing, NOT through any sort of art. I tried to take an art class in college and it did not go well at all. But I figured if they were telling me how to do this that it would end up semi-decent.

Right?

Watch the evolution of my awesome painting:

Blank canvas, four colors, five brushes. Can I do this?

Background is done. So far, so good.

This cheery mojito tasted like cough syrup. I did not order another one.
I was very pleased with my painting at this point. I would have been satisfied walking away with just this. 
Yes, I realize it is just a gray canvas with a black line at the bottom. But my gray and black looked good!

This is when it all started going horribly wrong. The drips. Oh, the drips. 
Luckily I had some artichoke dip to ease the pain of those freaking drips.

I added the tree, which, uh, did not look like the example tree.
My new drink was much better than the previous drink that I could hardly finish. 

That top area is way too clumped together and pointy. I couldn't stop trying to make it better, which actually just made it worse. 

Adding the yellow really did give it some texture. I kept trying to fix that clumpy area, but it was way beyond help by this point...much like my pathetic drips.

The final product. It's not terrible, but it certainly wasn't as good as some of the things some other people were pulling out. The husband was very impressed with my art, though. This gorgeous canvas is now hanging on the wall in our living room, right above my small bookshelf. It is actually the very first thing you see when you walk in our door. 
Welcome, friends, to our home of terrible art and YA novels!

Has anyone else tried one of these wine and painting things? Did yours actually include wine? (I'm still bitter about this.)

Oh, and here's something that's not that funny...my first post over at YA Confidential is up today. It's about school elections, so check it out! Give it some love so the other operatives don't think they made a huge mistake by asking me to join them. Heh.

Happy Friday!

18 comments:

  1. Minus the drips and its pretty decent. I majored in art and haven't touched a brush in almost 8 years, but now I think I need a night of paintng and wine--after the baby.

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    1. Well, the drips are supposed to be there, mine just look a little too drippy and not arty enough. Stupid drips.

      Ooh, yes. Trat yourself to a night of painting and wine as soon as you can. :-)

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  2. I have wanted to find a place nearby that does this but of course here in the middle of the country there isn't one. Sad face. I would love to do this as a Mom-Daughter date with my Momma.

    Your painting actually looks pretty good!

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    1. I just recently found out about this place. Keep an eye out...you never know when one will pop up. :-)

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  3. Never done a wine and art type of thing, but I would! Looks like you had fun.

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    1. It was a lot of fun! There were five of us girls, so we had a really good time laughing at our art skills.

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  4. I want to drink wine and paint! Looks like you had a blast!

    Between the photograph of the old man you shared earlier this week and your original painting, I'm starting to think you've got a houseful of very eclectic artistic conversation pieces. :)

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    1. It was such a fun thing to do with friends!

      Oh yeah, my house is quite the art gallery. Hahaha.

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  5. What an awesome idea--I've never heard of these wine and painting events!
    Can we see a gallery tour of your house, please? :)

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    1. Oh man...no one needs to see what is hanging on the walls of my house. ;-)

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  6. Art is all perspective. I think it looks quite nice.

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  7. I think you did very well, actually. You should see my stick figures.

    And loved the post at YAC today! Yay!

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    1. Oh, I am the queen of the stick figures. Luckily they told us EXACTLY what to do.

      Yay thanks!

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  8. I actually like those drips. Very nice. :)

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  9. I'm not setting the art world on fire either but I love doing it! There's no right or wrong way to approach it as long as you're having fun. And lots of alcohol helps. :)

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    1. Yup...fun and alcohol, that's what I'm all about. ;-)

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