Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My first painting class

A few months ago, I was invited to attend a painting class with some friends from church.  I've never seen myself as much of a painter, in fact I'm usually the one that would spill an entire gallon of paint on carpet.

I'm generally very clumsy and sloppy when it comes to painting.

I was a little apprehensive about attending this class, since we did have to pay for it; but I figured what the heck, I'll go and enjoy myself and it'll be a nice afternoon out with the girls.

Well let me just say, I loved it!

In fact, I loved it so much I've been checking their website every month to see what I would like to go back and paint.  So far I haven't been able to find the time to attend another class :(

The class itself was 3 hours long.  That may seem like a long time, but you are busy every.single.minute

There is so much that goes into the painting.  You don't just go there and slap some paint on a piece of canvas.  The instructors take their time and actually teach you how to paint.

We went to a place called Sips n Strokes.  You can check out their calendar here.

The painting we were doing was called Whimsical Tree.

We started out with a blank canvas and a paper plate full of paint.

Talk about daunting....I'm not sure how I'm ever going to get all this paint onto that white canvas and make it look like anything but a big gloppy mess.

Julie and Pam are excited and ready to go.

 Ok, so all of us are excited and ready to go.

The instructors were fabulous.  They taught us how to do everything in baby steps.  That's exactly what I need, baby steps.

This was our first layer.

I could have just taken this home and it would have been better than anything I had painted before.

But no, they made us keep going.

The top of my tree.  It's already starting to look whimsical.

We just kept adding more and more to our tree, eventually filling up the entire canvas.

Then we added all the other colors.  I loved that we could do it anyway we wanted, it was our own painting and it could look how we wanted it to look.

Our finished products.

My family couldn't believe that I had painted it.

I have my painting proudly displayed in the library.

I really did enjoy myself and can't wait to get back and do a second painting.

If you have a Sips n Strokes in your area, you definitely need to check it out.

I think you will love it too!


  1. Your tree is fabulous! I LOVE it! What a fun thing to do with friends. I hope you get to take another class soon!

    1. Thank you so much Janice. I can't wait to take my next class!

  2. Hey Nancy! Your very first painting? That turned out great! Whoo Hoo! I'm so happy for you! It's great to hear you enjoyed yourself so much and that you are on a painting roll now! That's wonderful. You GO Girl! Can't wait to see your next masterpiece.

    1. Thank you Suzy! I never thought that I would have painted something like that but I did and loved it! I can't wait to get to work on my next masterpiece :)



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