Live Sketch – A Wrap-Up

Live Sketch – A Wrap-Up

Before I get into this post, I would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the Live Sketch tonight to support both us and The Paper Crown Gallery. There are so many people who love and care about us and what we do! It means a lot to us that you could all make it! *Virtual high fives and hugs* to all of you!

That being said, the Live Sketch event was a huge success! There was a great turn out and it was definitely loads of fun! I’d have to say that doing this was definitely out of my “comfort zone”…but it’s nice to step out of that zone once in a while and try something new.

I think the best way to sum it up so you all can understand where I’m coming from is with a little analogy. I am a runner. I like running cause it gives me some time to chill out wih my thoughts and do what I want to do for a good 20 to 30 mins. On the other hand…I am not as in to group sports. Mostly cause I’m not good at them, but also because it’s a lot more pressure than just running by myself. There’s all these people watching me and there’s definitely more pressure to perform well! I do, however, enjoy playing group sports when the opportunity arises (as long it’s not a co-ed volleyball league where Matt and I are on the same team, it never ends well hahaha).

Anyhow, the Live Sketch Event for me was like participating in a group sport. I had sooo much fun doing it, but it’s so different from what I’m used to. Painting is usually a good 3 to 4 hours of solid me time where I am very focused and in “the zone”. Painting at the event with people watching and while talking to everyone was a much different experience!

I learned two things about myself today. One is probably that I am better “solo artist” because I need all my brain power to produce anything worth while. Two is that I enjoy being challenged and I miss the “art community feeling” from college. Sometimes it’s nice to be surrounded by other people with the same interests as you. It makes you feel not so weird. Hahaha.

I’m glad that the gallery will be holding these events the first Thursday of every month because although they are challenging for me, I think it can only help me develop as an artist…and who doesn’t want that?

Tips for my future self for the next event are:

  • Don’t paint with acrylics….why bother, you hate them.
  • Try to plan more ideas beforehand.
  • Be more creative with what your creating. (yes, I meant to say that).

Unlike myself, I think My husband thrives in an environment like this! While I work well on commissioned art on a larger scale, he is definitely king of smaller one off pieces that can be taken home as a souvenier (they do say opposites attract). There was a point during the night when he had two pieces that he hadn’t put up for sale yet and the second he did, they were sold. We even thought there was going to be a bidding war over one of them! I love him :). He did an awesome job! I’m so glad he’s found his niche in the art world.

And now for the entertainment… My reject art:

What can I say… Sometimes things just don’t turn out as planned. Haha. After painting these I remembered this little gem from a few years back. Priceless.

Anyhow… I think that about sums it up, hope to see you all there next month!


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