Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

It’s not about the art


Once a month a group of ladies (and sometimes men) get together and create a page in their art journals. The session is taught by Kim, a local artist, who plans the activity to help us learn different techniques while expressing a bit of who we are.

Kim’s work is beautiful, our work is stress relieving, peaceful, fun and not meant to be great art.

Started out with graduated colors to build a landscape background.

In fact the evenings aren’t about the art at all. Instead they provide camaraderie, funny stories, lots of laughs and usually cookies.

Last night we all worked on Kim’s vision of combining acrylic paint techniques with primitive dolls with a bit of ourselves.

Then we chalked in the image.

The dolls represented a bit of who we are, or were as kids or always wanted to be. The hair might be the way you wished yours was, the head might be your favorite pet, the colors muted or bright depending on your whim.

Then we blacked out everything but the image.

The final clue about who you are would be something put in the center of the dolls petticoat…but we ran out of time to do that last little bit. I’m thinking about putting musical notes on mine…or maybe just a Treble-clef.

Then we used pinstriping tape (from an auto parts store) to add stripes to her overcoat.

We’ll see if I get around to doing that. Even if I don’t, it was a really fun evening…and I got to play around with acrylic paints, so double fun.

Painted her coat red, then pulled up the tape.

What do you do to treat yourself once in awhile? You can’t beat sitting down with some paint and a bunch of laughing women.

Everybody’s lady is different. Just like we are.

Even if you don’t produce great art.

Having fun on a star filled evening with my primitive lady.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

21 thoughts on “It’s not about the art

  1. I love the whole idea of this.

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  2. Everybody needs an outlet, and this sounds like fun (though I can’t even draw a stick person, ha!) Isn’t it wonderful to find something that takes your mind off stresses and a group of people who aren’t judgmental over your abilities?!

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    • None of us think we can draw either. She showed us the shapes of the lady, a circle for the head, a rounded rectangle for the top of her, and the tulip lines for the skirt. Everybody ended up being able to draw her, you would too. It’s a lot of fun.

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  3. I wish I had something like this where I live. I draw, (make that USED to draw and USED to be quite good, good enough that I was going to major in Art) and I would LOVE something like this that would MAKE me start creating again!


  4. Yes, a treble clef, and a paw print, and a camera, and a tent, and a roadway for travel, and birds, and a running shoe, and a garden, and a heart, and a helping hand. You might need a bigger petticoat.


  5. That is why those groups are fun….we have a store across the road that offers painting and wine tasting!


  6. I love this! What makes art great, I believe, depends upon how you see it – it’s all an individual thing. And the most important thing about creativity is the pleasure you get – it’s the process, not the product. I would enjoy a group like that.


  7. What fun! I love journal art! 🙂


  8. I love this. Wish we had something similar here. They do have Paint Nights at some of the local bars, but I’m just not into bars lately.


  9. Fun! I enjoyed seeing all the creations! 🙂


    • Me too, it was cool to see them all together. During class I was so focused on following directions I didn’t see most of the other work being done, so it was nice to take a moment and study them all.


  10. LOve the idea and love how they all came out!


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