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Posts Tagged ‘Paint Nite’

New Year’s Eve 2021

Posted by terrepruitt on December 31, 2021

Today’s Friday Photo is a painting I did in August when I was able to join a Zoom Paint Nite.  So fun.  And I like it.  I’ve done two others that I don’t like as much.  Well, one, not at all!

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Still Practicing Living In The Moment

Posted by terrepruitt on November 22, 2014

I sometimes think life is always trying to teach us lessons.  I admit that sometimes I am oblivious to the lessons.  But I also think that sometimes I can see them.  I also think that sometimes the lessons are a practice.  It is not as if I go through life, have something happen, see the thing I am supposed to learn and then – BAM!  I got it.  Lesson exposed, lesson learned, I’m good.  Nope.  Sometimes it is a practice.  Just like yoga and Nia or learning an instrument.  Continuous or multiple exposures helps you learn the art of it.  Last month I wrote about “The Art Of Letting Go“, where I went with a friend to an evening event called Paint Nite.  The idea is to paint something in two hours being led step-by-step by an artist.  My idea was to just let go.  To know that my painting was not going to look exactly like the original, but it would look like something.  It would bear a resemblance to the one I was taught to paint.  I liked it because it was blue.  Well, I have been doing things that remind me to concentrate and be in the moment.  Yes, I write about this often because it is something I need to be reminded of constantly.  I need to live in the moment.  I need to concentrate on what I am doing.  I need to enjoy what I am doing.  I need to fully sense and experience what I am doing.

I think my first post about this was me talking about brushing my teeth.  I stated that I brushed my teeth while doing a lot of different things — all the time.  I am better now.  I used to think that if I brush my teeth while doing something else I could save time, but what ended up happening was that I was concentrating on the other task so much so that I didn’t know if I brushed the upper left side so I would do it again.  Then wonder if I brushed the bottom right . . . the point is, I think I ended up brushing a lot longer because I was not concentrating on just brushing my teeth, than if I would have JUST brushed my teeth.  I am better at that now.  I start to step away from the sink and I remember that I will be done faster if I just get it done than if I go . . . do whatever.

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But I like this creation better than my last.  I learned so much from my first time, that I was able to do this one better, but I actually had the opposite problem.  I wasn’t using enough paint.  But I think — still not, sure it was the water I need more of.  Regardless, I learned some more and I really like this painting.  No, it is lacking the soft lines of the original, but I like it.

One of the other things I am doing that requires one to clear one’s thoughts is archery.  I wanted to see what shooting a bow was like.  I wanted to use a “regular” bow, but that is not the popular bow to shoot.  We were shooting one of those fancy things with what remind me of pulleys on each end.  We weren’t even using what they call a “recurve”.  Whatever bow you use the target is the target so learning how to get the arrow where you want it to go was the interesting part.  Not that my arrow always went where I wanted to go, but I was taught the premise.  But the instructor (Mike at Predator’s Archery) really emphasized concentration.  He shared his (award winning) techniques regarding targeting and shooting the arrow, but he emphasized again and again how you have to concentrate.  And you might be surprised on what you concentrate on, but that is not the point of this post, the point is you have to not think about distracting things.  Live in the now and focus on the task at hand.

Focusing and concentrating really goes a long way in getting things done.  We are always multitasking because that is just how life is.  In most situations you cannot not think about more than one thing, but sometimes just DOING one thing really helps you get it done quick and with focus so that you can move on to the next thing.  Things like to have your undivided attention.  I will continue to practice focus, concentration, and living in the now even though the world around me as a whole thinks I need to do fifty things at once in order to be productive.

What do you thing?  Do you think that less can be more?  Do you think sometimes if you just do ONE thing (instead of multitasking) you can get it done faster and better?


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The Art Of Letting Go

Posted by terrepruitt on October 4, 2014

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Upon first hearing about Paint Nite I didn’t realize you can pick the night you go based on the painting that is going to be done that night.  I don’t know if it was different when it first started, but I know when I first heard about it, I was told that you just paint whatever . . . could be there was some miscommunication.  So when I actually looked into it and saw you could pick via painting I was excited.  You can also pick based on artist, date, or location.  So it is really nice.

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The painting is done in steps so at one point it was close to what the final project is supposed to look like.  But I decided that I didn’t care for the pink and I wanted more blue so I covered most of the pink.  So THAT is one aspect of it that was purposeful.  The fact that my flowers are not white was semi-purposeful . . . but not really.  I purposefully painted my bottom layers thick because I like the texture of thick paint in paintings.  But with only two hours to paint you have to paint thin so the paint can dry and you can paint the other layers.  So — ding, ding, ding!  I learned something.  So, in order to try to cover the bottom layer I used a lot of white . . . .which also translated to thick lines (petals) and so my flowers are more like star fish.  But I learned.  And my painting is blue and that is pretty much all I wanted.  I let go any idea that it was going to be perfect or even good.

I had a great time.  It was not so much about the painting as it was about the company and doing something together.  Now I am on the lookout for another “blue painting”.  The thing is, is they have to be on a night I am available and in my area.  So . . . I am still looking.

I am booked to do a painting with a friend in the future, but the painting was her pick and is not blue.  And with that one . . . I really have to let go of the idea of my painting looking anything like that painting.  Ha!  I am going for the company.  It is going to be super fun!

Have you heard of Paint Nite?  Have you done a Paint Nite?  Will you share a photo of you painting with us?

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