Co-painting? Yes, please!

I am excited to share that I will be facilitating a painting workshop at The Artisan Cove in East Rochester- Piano Works Mall. I thought it would be fun to add a little twist (no pun intended) to the usual painting fun! (you can find the website for Artisan Cove here!)

What if you grabbed your bestie, sister, mother, or other and did a co-painting? Or come solo and paint something wonderful too! For all attendees this is only meant to be a spark for your imagination- be inspired by this or paint something else- Be free and creative! I have every confidence that you will make something quite spectacular- I will be there to cheerlead you every single step (and change your paint water and stuff). I can walk you through these paintings or help you paint something completely different- the choice is yours!

No skills are needed, just a readiness to explore and have fun! Tickets are $35 a seat and include all the things you need to create a painting alone or with a group of friends!

Another perk to this event? Glynis Valenti of Art Soul Wine will be popping in to share her passion for art and wine. Her website is lovely and can be found here: Art Soul Wine. She has a wealth of knowledge and this will be a fun and added treat whether you drink wine or not, Glynis has a breadth of knowledge sure to impress!

There is limited seating, so please reserve your seat today! Let’s start March off ready for fun and taking a few moments to be creative. It’s important- YOU are important, Fun is important!

See you soon? By the ticket(s) here: Let’s Paint on March 1!

sending so much love,

Susan

Welcome to the dark side…

Last night I gave a demo at a local shop for creatives. It was a mixed media demonstration that I have given dozens of times before.

I will be completely transparent here…It’s been a rough few weeks. There have been deaths, sickness, and heartache, and well, it’s January dipping into February in Rochester, New York. So, everything is GREY!

Interestingly enough when I was setting up, there were a couple of other artists in the room. We were talking about how important making art was for us and how vulnerable it is to do a demonstration or create in public. We talked about how that can lead to imposter syndrome and well- I then confessed that I had been struggling. I wondered if I had anything to offer the world. Was I making a difference? My fellow artists were very supportive and sort of laughed at the notion. But sometimes it is hard to see value or accomplishments when life is such a challenge.

I decided (what was I thinking?!) it would be a great idea to start with a blank canvas. I generally do not do this. It is easier to show progress if you have the basics at least started. However, I paint rather intuitively so, I felt that my spirit would take over and it would go fine.

prepared for demonstration

Welp. Paint and medium take a bit to dry. So a twenty-minute or even an hour demonstration was not going to be all that impressive. I got in my head. (surprise?) It was difficult to show real results with slow-drying media. Add that to the fact that I was carrying a lot of sadness, and well, to say I was unhappy with the results is probably an understatement.

I am old enough to know that everything has something to teach me. I can still hear my mom ask me what I was grateful for every time I complained about nearly anything. So this is what I learned…

First, I am not alone in doubting myself. Perhaps the real lesson here is to just be. Art has a way of healing. For me, it isn’t a performance it is a path, a process. That is exactly what I was there to share.

Secondly, my husband often suggests that I am “too hard on myself”. Maybe. More to the point. I think when I spin in the negative cycle I get in my own way. Art is healing and joy for me. It is part of my spiritual practice. It is a life-giving activity for me. When I get in my own way or lead with expectations that muddies the water and the pressure is too great. Perhaps if I just took a deep breath and worked through the process I was there to share, I would have been happier with the results.

Lastly, I am grateful. Last night wasn’t perfect, but it did teach me a lesson. It taught me about myself and about others. It made me realize that I am not alone in my self-doubt, I am just working on the journey like everyone else is. That said, I showed up, I shared the process, and well… I started a painting.

Be gentle with yourself… we are all in this together.

Sending so much love,

Susan

it’s a start!