One of the things I really wanted to do this year was to take some creative classes and subsequently get to know more people in my local community. I’ve been incredibly lucky; early on this year I discovered a lovely local shop called Miss Mandy’s that sells wonderful refinished furniture and local artwork. It is also home to my favorite tea shop All Things Tea. After having tea there a few times, I realized that the space also included The Backroom Studio. Every month local artisans teach classes that are appropriate for creatives of all skill levels. Last week I again took what has quickly become one of my favorite monthly installments, intuitive painting.
Intuitive painting is about coming, rolling your sleeves up, and playing. I’ve taken the class three times now, and every time it’s something different. The instructor Suzanne is a local artist, and her creative process is always evolving. Every class we are introduced to new techniques and products that she has been playing with. This class we went organic.
Suzanne has been playing with a lot of floral themes lately in her own creative journey. She brought in some of her more recent pieces to show us. We’d all taken classes with her before, and since it was a smaller class, we quickly came to the unanimous decision that we wanted to skew our class along this new theme.We spent the first part of class picking out lots of different colors/types of acrylic paint and doodling abstract flowers on the newsprint and eventually on our canvases. The painting process was kind of interesting for me; normally I am all about deep rich colors, but the subject matter was really inspiring me to go with bold bright colors. There might have even been an neon accent or two.
We topped the dried acrylic with tar gel and a matte medium that had tiny glass beads in it. Sounds a bit strange, but when it dries you get a lot of interesting shine and texture.The final product didn’t photograph as well as I would have liked, but in person I LOVE the shine and texture on the finished product. So much so that it isn’t hanging out in my office, it is currently propped up on the mantel in the living room. I haven’t quite found a permanent home for it yet, but for now I can run my hands over it and watch the light play over it whenever I want. I am excited to try some of the different techniques in my own at home painting.