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"We’re All in the Same Boat…."

More fun at my Lexington workshop with our boat show. I was looking for a way of getting artists to loosen up and detach from the outcome of their painting–essentially to get back to the joy of painting. Then I came across Leslie Saeta’s wonderful painting blog and her 27 sailboat paintings. And the idea was hatched. We played musical easels, taking turns working at each easel, for about 4 minutes at a time (long enough to listen to the Christopher Cross “Sailing” CD play…..) at which time I would holler “next”, and everyone moved to the easel next to them. What resulted were the wonderful little pieces you see above–completed in about 35 minutes, which included scurrying from easel to easel. It turned out to be lots of fun and a great exercise for everyone in remembering the joy of painting and a reminder you don’t have to have a huge block of time to paint–the important thing is to paint, and often.

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  • Dreama - June 28, 2009 - 8:00 am

    Shirley–they started out painting on the canvas on their own easel and that’s the one they returned to at the end. I gave them 3 bonus strokes to pull the piece together the very last thing, and then it became their piece. I had them initial them so they could remember which one was theirs after we laid them out to view and photograph. It really was great fun.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley Peters - June 28, 2009 - 6:55 am

    Sounds like fun, but, how did you decide who owned which painting? I notice that some have signatures.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Schiff Studio - June 28, 2009 - 5:00 am

    Paint arounds are always fun! I am sure your students enjoyed it and the results are great.ReplyCancel

  • LSaeta - June 28, 2009 - 12:16 am

    I am honored that you chose my boat paintings as an inspiration for your “musical canvas” workshop. It is so fun to see all of the paintings and I think your idea is absolutely wonderful! What fun!ReplyCancel

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