“Take clear water with grass waving at the bottom. It’s wonderful to look at, but to try to paint it is enough to make one insane.” ~ Claude Monet
Insane or not with the help of a great deal from Living Social ($17) and a fun company called Wine & Canvas, I had a great time painting my very own rendition of Monet’s Water Lilies, 1916, including working to capture that grass waving at the bottom.
Nearly 30 of us – one or two brave men among all the women – met at The Factory restaurant in Fort Wayne and enjoyed an evening of painting, singing, and – for those so inclined – a glass of wine. (The singing to Don McLean’s, Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie, was impromptu, not included in the price of the “date,” and indicative of the relaxed and fun atmosphere.)
I’d always wanted to take a painting class just to see what might be secretly waiting to erupt on canvas. This was a great way to dip in and try my hand, to make a start.
My impression so far is as Monet once said,
“No, I’m not a great painter. Neither am I a great poet.”
Of course, we all know his criticism of himself was quite unfounded. Of me, it’s apropos.
Never mind that! I’m a work in progress and for now along with Monet, I find,
“I’m in a fine fettle and fired with a desire to paint.”
Ponder & Chat: What are you in a “fine fettle and fired with desire” to do? How can we encourage you to begin?