I was invited to a Dock 4 Ladies painting night, scheduled for this evening. I don’t usually have time for socializing but this sounded like fun. Not the drinking part. The painting!
When I was young, I wanted to be an artist. The problem is, no matter how many classes I took, and no matter how many sketching and painting how-to books I purchased and studied, I was awful. Worse than awful. My drawing and painting skills never advanced beyond the Kindergarten stage.
I still wish I could draw or paint but I know I just don’t have the talent for it. I have done some okay fiber arts projects over the years but my artistic talents end there.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve seen many posts on Facebook of friends sitting in what looks like an art studio, holding wine glasses, and all holding up identical paintings. I can’t say any of the paintings every looked like something I could produce. They always look great! So, there must be a magical secret. And, it’s a secret I want to learn!
Maybe they do it like the Bob Ross TV show used to. Whip the brush this way and that and, voila, a perfectly shaped mountain with lilies in the valley below. Or, wave the brush in the air, poke the canvas a few times and, poof! A beautiful, blue, bubbling stream!
All the dock gals are excited because there will be wine. I won’t be having any wine because I will need to drive home…and nobody wants to see a mug shot of me plastered (oooh! a pun!!) up on WritersWeekly next week! But, I will be enjoying painting something that doesn’t look like this:
Yes, I really painted that monstrosity during a painting lesson a few years ago. It was a self portrait made from a photo of me when I was (apparently a very ugly) little girl. Our Managing Editor, Brian Whiddon, just saw this and said, “What the h*ll is that?! It looks like Ted Turner with a mustache!”
And, look at the price tag. I tried to sell it at a garage sale a few years ago for 25 cents. Nobody would buy it. And, later, even Goodwill wouldn’t take it.
Hopefully, tonight I’ll do a better job.
If you’ve been to one of those painting-while-drinking places, please tell us about it in the comments box below! 🙂
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