Paint Party – Edmonton

Andy + I are so fortunate to have such a solid group friends in Edmonton who are always down to get together and try new things. This past weekend we finally got around to doing a Paint Party with everyone.

Painting classes, in general, are always wonderful examples of how diverse everyone’s ideas, personal style, mark making, and colour choices turn out. Instead of my typical walk-through painting approach, the floor was open to let everyone create what they truly wanted. Now when you open that up to a group full of military men and their fantastic ladies there is no disappointment in image variety. Everything from Star Wars to pets, landscapes, sea horses, and even a penis cat were given new life. Yes, art is expression. Art can be silly, heartwarming, offensive, colourful, ridiculous, thoughtful. It can be everything and anything. It can be just plain fun.

I personally, appreciate art’s uncanny ability to bring and bond people together. Everyone got right into their projects, the concentration and effort was great, which resulted in some fun paintings. Everyone kicked back and brought their creativity and laughs to the table. I made my rounds, offered help and encouragement when I could, but I was also SO happy to get some just-for-fun painting time in! There is nothing like a glass of wine while painting! Andy blew everyone away (including me!) with his awesome Kylo Ren painting. As for myself, I wanted to play with floral patterns, and Andy suggested I paint BB8, so a rather fun painting came out of the evening.

What do you need for your own paint party?

  • drinks/snacks/apps
  • music playlist
  • canvas – everyone bring some images/inspiration
  • assorted brushes
  • paint
  • paper towel/palette or plastic plates
  • pencil + eraser
  • table cloths
  • chairs/tables

Andy + I kept the creative spirit up and spent the next painting away! We’ve got a serious Star Wars theme going on. I love this guy. And I think I am going to have to continue this adorable mini series!

“As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has–or ever will have–something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.” – Fred Rogers



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