In the middle of January a friend decided to have a SMocK party just for the fun of it! It was a splendid idea to help ward off the winter blues and just do something different on a weekend. There were about eight friends who gathered in the basement, drinking wine, eating appetizers and gossiping about who did what. OH! and they did a little bit of painting!
The theme was trees and every SMocKer used their own abilities and infused their own character into their interpretation of a tree. It was really awesome to see everyone's personalities come through in the branches of a tree!
What is really interesting is capturing the progress of each SMocKer. The featured SMocKer started off incredibly hesitant, with the "I can't paint a tree" attitude. As the evening progressed, she was the only one who really became invested in the process. You didn't hear a peep. All along, she was 'playing' around with the paint and even flipped her canvas over.
There were two techniques that I demonstrated. The most popular was applying a background was of color, to simulate a sky and then adding the shadowy tree. The most challenging part of painting a tree was controlling the brush to achieve those tiny branches at the end of a limb. I termed the technique "twiddling" the brush.
In the end, a tree is a tree is a tree is a tree.
Beautiful and unique.
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