A Time to Brush Up

I know, it’s been a long time since I’ve sat down and focused on my art. It’s been months and months of art appreciation, yet I can’t remember the last time I held a paint brush.

Until opportunity knocked, in the form of a Facebook event post by Maartsy. They opened a series of weeknight art workshops, and since I’m not traveling this week, I grabbed the chance to brush up on my bit of paint brush skills. I needed this break too, as I find that painting is a form of meditation.

So the workshop’s theme was Paint the Painting: Acrylic Landscape. Woohoo! At the onset I readily chose this theme because 1) I find landscape to be my sorta forte, and 2) I haven’t delved on the acrylic medium since May of last year, when I had art and wine night with my cousin in Park Ridge, IL.

With a slight feeling of nervousness mixed with excitement I headed off to the workshop place 400 meters away from my building. I hd a warm welcome by the staff of Maartsy and was pleasantly surprised that I was the only one who showed up. That meant I get to have a one to one with my teacher.

Speaking of teacher, she was a cool young artist named Jay, who is into black and white paintings, tattoo art and drawings. She patiently explained to me what to do and guided me through the 1.5 hours of me trying to come up with my own version of her artwork in front of me. I gushed at how effortlessly she showed me the strokes and casually mixed the colors.

And this, my friends, is my finished painting. Time flew by quickly and I sure did have a blast – this marks the first of many sessions I will have with Maartsy!

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