Owney, my dog, is very photogenic. Bobby proves that in all the pictures he has taken of him since August 2013. But on Tuesday, September 23, I had the opportunity to take one of those photos and paint a picture of Owney.
Randi, my sister, told me about the “Paint Your Pet” event being held at the Corkscrew Saloon in Medina. She and her husband, Shaun, had gone to a similar event awhile ago. They had painted a scene that was predetermined. Randi had such a good time doing it, she encouraged me to give it a shot.
I am not the least bit artistic, at least not when it comes to painting. But I was assured both by Randi and by Sarah Burst, the owner of Artists Uncork’d that I would leave happy with my efforts. I had my doubts (in truth I only had one thing every put in the art fair at school–and that was just using sponges to paint a fall tree), but Sarah is the professional. She assured me if I messed up, I could always fix it.
I was also glad to have Bobby there with me. He was able to give me direction on what to add, when I was stuck. The others of the group had to wait for Sarah or Cathy Zambrzycki, another artist and the event coordinator, to come to give guidance when stuck. I had Bobby. Can I just say here, that Bobby is the most patient, encouraging person in the world. While my go-to emotion is pessimism and negativity, Bobby’s is one of encouragement. I just love that guy so much!!!
Other people that helped and encouraged me were Randi (of course) and Shaun, as well as their friend Tiffany Ballow. Tiffany even took time from her painting to hold mine up so I could paint the bottom of the canvas. What was cool is that we were all in the same boat, trying to do our pets just right. There is a certain bond you develop when you have a shared experience. Maybe not as strong of a bond, as say going into battle, but you know what I mean!
By the end of the night, Sarah and Randi were right. I was able to paint the picture of Owney. And I was happy about how it turned out. I mean the dog is beautiful and I just wanted to do him justice.
Here is How to Paint You Pet in Two Easy Steps:
- Go to an Artists Uncork’d event.
- Listen to the encouraging people around you and not your own doubts.
If you ever get the chance to go to an Artists Uncork’d event, I would highly recommend it. Even if you think you don’t know the difference between a paint brush and a toothbrush, you can do it. Because, if I can do it and leave happy, anyone can!
Oh, yeah, the food was very good, too. I had a Angus Beef Steak Burger and fries.
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