Now that I’m a grown-up with a full-time job and responsibilities, I find it much harder to find time for hobbies, particularly ones I enjoyed when I was younger. No, I’m not talking about having hilarious AOL Instant Messenger convos with my classmates or dressing up my Barbies.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed art. I used to fill sketchbooks with my drawings- mainly of people and their faces- and actually enjoyed taking the art classes that were required of me in high school. I loved my art teacher and was honored to be one of his best students (his words, not mine!) and to get into an advanced painting and drawing class my junior year of high school.
But since graduating high school many years ago, I’ve rarely found the time or ambition to start up drawing or painting again. And a few weeks ago I realized just how much I missed it when I attending a painting class with a co-worker. We attended a a recreational painting workshop in Hoboken at Art e Vino studio. I had always heard of these BYOB art classes, but never had gone to one until recently.
For those 2.5 hours, I got to mix my acrylic paints to make the perfect earthy colors. I painted strokes of different thickness on the crisp, white canvas and slowly watched as my landscape painting came together- sort of. I was definitely a bit rusty and couldn’t measure up to a few others in my class, but I enjoyed the process. For those few hours, as I sipped wine, listened to Lana Del Rey and laughed with my co-worker, I remembered just how much I used to love being artistic. Whether or not my “masterpiece” came out like the original photo, I had lots of fun expressing my creative side.
Upon returning home, James insisted we hang the painting up in our apartment since it was so good (he’s so sweet, isn’t he?) so it’s now hanging in our bedroom since it matches the colors of our bedspread and furniture. I had so much fun at this event that I’m looking forward to the next one. Who wants to go with me?