The Art Club explored mask making tonight; a few of us located fairly blank masks as well as a good supply of sequins, squiggles, glitter, paint, feathers and various general craft items.
Lots of glue, both the cold and hot variety. Blisters ensued but it was all worthwhile. Mine is the feathered brown one near the top right. It's always amazing to see how completely different each one turns out.
And my favorite? Right here, by Denise-
Mountainview Lodge invited me in to paint with their citizens again on Monday. I chose an Autumn theme; one tree glowing with shades of gold and orange in watercolor with a few purty scrapbooking flowers adorning the meadow area at the end.
It was a most delightful experience.
Really helped that there were only 11 participants this time - 9 residents + 2 staff - so rather than running around willy nilly as I did previously with up 20 (which included increasingly severe impairments) I was able to pace myself, joke around and savour their efforts.
The only hitch was that 2 ladies - practiced painters in their earlier life - noticed an ocean/lighthouse painting on the back of my example and were more than eager to paint >that! I explained that the composition was actually a rather challenging one even for advanced painters but yes indeed, it made for a great painting. The excitement generated when anyone happened to see the 'wrong' side of the example gradually made me resolve to figure out how to design a workshop that will deliver their ocean and lighthouse.
And to never use the other side of a painting again.
Author: Eileen Hutson
'You need the dark to see the light'. Advice picked up in painting workshops has become a treasured mantra in both life and art.