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.
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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.