Finally. Saturday the 2nd November arrived.
It had been long awaited.
We got there early, my niece, her mother and I.
To Studio Vino.
Yes, it was an artists’ haven.
One in which you could create works of beauty.
We were booked in to a pop art workshop.
A special one.
To create a unique portrait of our pet.
We had been asked to bring along a good photo.
I took four.
And to pre-select a colour palette
from five different options.
I chose number two – pinks
Tess is, after all, partial to pink
Sat at table armed with a glass of bubbly inspiration
I stared at the blank canvas
and my four photos.
The teacher asked – you have FOUR?
I nodded, thinking perhaps it was too many.
I was confused by excessive choice.
I think she thought I was going to do all four of them.
I eventually settled for the leopard spot dress print.
At this stage, concentration on creation overtook
We were guided step by step on how to create
Here, I am already at step three if I recall right.
My niece and I were absorbed in the Now Moment.
She has two dogs. She painted both.
Her mother struggled. She was out of her comfort zone.
I need boundaries, she said.
I need proper, real dog colours….
However, she conquered her discomfort
and splashed colours on canvas
And here we are
at the end of a productive, creative, fun night
showcasing our masterpieces
Arnie the Pug, on being shown his portrait
was not happy.
He barked and growled.
Perhaps he thought he had been usurped
by a Strange Pug.
I was told Tess looks like a cute, fluffy pink teddy bear.
When she saw it herself she was not so sure.
Perhaps she had a touch of
The Arnie Syndrome
I have to admit I was not entirely happy
with the shape of the muzzle, the right eye and the background.
So they have been tweaked.
It is now time to stop tweaking and hang the portrait.
Let your inner artist shine