For a long time, I have a wish to own an original painting, I even put it on my Life List. I have been looking around online to get something I like and cheap and original. Unfortunately, these three filters brought zero result on Etsy.
So I decided to take things into my own hands, quite literally, and paint one myself. I bought a Groupon voucher for a painting class and tricked two of my friends to get it too.
Also, it would be a new way to spend our weekend in the city.
Today was the class. I came with zero preparation, wearing my oldest tee, anticipating paint splash. My friends have made paintings before. Me? I had a quarter canvas filled with self-portrait of mom, circa 1998, hidden inside my parents’ closet.
At 4PM on the dot, we sat in our class. It was a small pink door classroom that fits four students comfortably; today it was just the three of us and our super nice teacher, Amira.
Firstly, we were asked to choose one from a bunch of printed pictures to use as the model for our painting. There were many choices. My friends each chose a lighthouse and white lilies. I took a longer time. I wanted to choose the city painting with its’ hustle bustle, but for someone who aren’t able to draw a straight line (still) I settled for something simpler, my favorite season, Autumn.
We used acrylic paints, different type of brushes and a medium sized canvas. All the supplies were provided.
We had to sketch our painting first. Compared to the other two, mine was the easiest. I just needed to draw half circles upward and a tree trunk.
We were supposed to paint the background first, so I started with the sky. Amirah taught me to move the brush left-right, left-right. 15mins into the class I already learnt something new. ((Small cheer)).
The painting continued to the scenery part. It is a tree by the lake during sunset on the autumn.
Who knew painting was this easy and quite relaxing! I needed to focus on nothing but stroking the white canvas placed in front of me. Filling up the white gaps by dabbing the paint brush into it. ZEN.
Creating a stroke of pink and purple inside the black part was quite challenging, my stroke never seemed to hit rightly, needed teacher’s help for this one.
Final my favorite part: adding the leaves.
I discovered a colorful way of stroking each leaf, instead of mixing the yellow and red together to get nice orange, I swiped yellow on the left side and red on the right side of the brush and made single stroke on the canvas. It looked nice. I felt like Van Gogh for a second.
So here is the result and I am quite proud of it.
When i showed it off to a friend, she said the painting represents my character, quirky and bold. I was flattered 🙂
We celebrated our small victory with dinner before heading home to, secretly, sit and adore it for some time.
What did you do this weekend? Something fun I hope.