This weekend a friend and I took a painting class at SmArt. The instructor took us through a bit of Seurat’s life, and we performed some speed pointillism to get our Eiffel towers on canvas in a few hours. We first used a template to stencil the tower and landscape lightly in pencil on the canvas, then dashes and dots filled in our picture. It’s always fun to see how different people use the same colors and inspiration to come up with wildly different pieces.
The class was chatting and blending and smacking paint around, but the scientific, methodic technique is a bit opposed to what I’m doing in my crafting. It took the guy years of his (short!) life to complete his most famous work, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Sunday_Afternoon_on_the_Island_of_La_Grande_Jatte .
However, I was so excited that night that I got onto Pinterest and found some art appreciation lessons for kids. http://harringtonharmonies.com/2013/03/paint-like-seurat.html#comment-1443 . When the rain began on Saturday, I was ready with a box of paints. I broke down the box/playhouse that came with our disposable kitty litter boxes, so we could get messy, and I covered my youngest from head to toe. However, my oldest chose some Mine Craft over my craft, and my youngest is in his abstract phase.
Dinner tonight is leftovers - I love leftovers! - of this recipe from Budget Bytes: https://www.budgetbytes.com/2014/07/slow-cooker-black-bean-soup/ . It’s a comfy way to end the day, with some sour cream a sprinkle of cheese.