Updated: Feb 9, 2019
Over the many classes and paintings I've instructed, I've learn to address the apprehension that the garden variety (painter/partier) has when presented with a blank canvas. Despite the fact that I'm there to teach them and guide them step by step. I imagine if I had a "Write & Sip" it would be the same dilemma. Folks with vacant stares mesmerized by a blank notebook or screen.
I find myself dispensing the same words of encouragement to those individuals who are verklempt. "Let's take it one step at a time." "I'm here for you." "Trust your hands, and follow through to the end." "Don't take yourself to serious... you're here for a good time not a long time!" Moreover, when you feel like you need a break, have a glass of wine or a cold beer or share a laugh with your friends and family. I say "Painting is a process not a product." "Your mistakes inform your decisions and tell a story." "They are as important as the happy little moments that happen within your painting."