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Painting the Moon
Published on Thursday, February 5, 2015 by

After taking a few days off since the January writing challenge I am ready to get back to my regular posts. I know what you are saying… “What? Katherine, you have regular posts just as often as The Bachelor couples stay together!” I know I know. But Ron has inspired me and I’m finally going to attempt a s-c-h-e-d-u-l-e. Starting tonight my goal is to post every Thursday and Sunday nights. Wish me luck, everyone!

I can’t draw a circle to save my life. Painting? Out of the question. Until of course my co-worker lured me to a Pub Painters night.

After a painting session I showed one of the teachers a home painting I was having trouble with. “What can I do to fix this?” “You need to take Danielle’s beginner oil painting course!”

Oils? When I paint with acrylic I become a human rainbow of splotches and spills. THAT stuff washes out. Oils… not so much. But to learn how to REALLY paint? My friend and I signed up.

Yesterday found me AGONIZING over what picture to bring to paint. Everything I showed the teacher was too difficult to start with. The last thing I wanted to do was paint a bowl of fruit or a flower. Of course everything I had involved Corolla water, Corolla creatures or Corolla landscapes.

With big eyes, I watched as my teacher flipped through each one. “Honestly?” She then paused to attempt sparing my feelings… “Water is really hard. I don’t want to set you up to fail. Let’s go with this for your first painting.”

She pointed to the picture of the Super Moon I took that was on the CNN home photographer page for a day or two:

I was initially pretty disappointed. My lofty vision included painting a lady underwater… a sunrise I captured over the waves… a crab partially buried in sand. But I understood, dutifully placing myself at the kid’s table.

That was when the regulars came in. With their billions of tubes of paint, their fancy easels and their PORTRAITS OF THEIR CHILDREN THEY PAINTED THEMSELVES. I don’t mean “cute painted pictures by amateur artists.” I mean the kind of painted portraits you would pay thousands for.

I glanced at the little orange ball I am going to paint. I glanced at their museum pieces. I sighed.

“Don’t worry,” they collectively said. “Two years ago WE were beginners too!”

I was happy this group turned out to be supportive. But one can’t help feeling puny when surrounded by greatness. I’m going to continue, though. I’m going to work hard, I’m going to listen and I’m going to paint the prettiest orange circle I can. I mean Super Moon!

painting grid method

During the first class we learned how to sketch using the grid method.

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