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November 22, 2011

The Painting Studio Update

Last Sunday, I found myself wanting to pinch myself throughout the day, as I wondered: "Is this really my life? Am I in a room filled with creative people painting all day long?" Rather than actually pinching myself, I just dipped my fingers into my paints to feel that it was real.

Before the day started, I shared with everyone my intent for the studio, which is to make everyone feel welcome. No matter our skill level, no matter our experience, no matter our preferred mediums, or substrates, to allow everyone to feel welcome and validated.

The group was in fact extremely diverse. Some worked on large canvases, while others worked on very small ones, and still others on vintage purses! So cool, right?

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Here I am with scrap artist Lisa Guerin who started her journey on a teeny tiny scale (true to her magnificent style) and then moved her way up to a slightly larger canvas. It was a magical day and I'm so honored to have created with these incredible artists.
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In terms of what I painted ... I won't bother showing you the two larger ones I worked on because I'm sort of not happy with where they are currently. As I shared with the group, I struggle to try and break out of getting trapped into the cliches of painting, which I feel my other ones are currently trapped in. But this one ... I did feel I went into a direction that was slightly more interesting to me. It was interesting to gain feedback from the group about my works and also to provide feedback on their works.
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I think it still has a ways to go and I know that I will be bringing it to the next session and seeing how I feel about it, how it feels toward me, and seeing if it can evolve from here.

IMG_2353If you are interested in painting in the company of artists who share my intent to welcome all and be open to the creative process, I invite you to join me in future Painting Studio sessions.

See you in the Studio. :)


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I had a great time, Jenny!

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