Paint Brushes in Window

Inner Artiste

Today is my birthday, and every year I become increasingly aware of my own mortality (not to get all morbid on you). I’ve given serious thought to my bucket list, and as someone who has never shied away from seizing the day, I have found great pleasure in checking a few of those things off recently.  Writing a novel is one, so I took a novel writing class last summer and realized, wow, to write a novel, you actually just have to sit down and do it! To be continued there…

But, another has been to take an art class. Or should I say, get back into taking art classes.

Paint
When I was in middle school, I started a business making painted t-shirts and earrings out of plastic that you melted in the oven.  I had business cards and everything (it was called Illusions if you must know), and I set up shop in the utility room off our house.  Every dime I made (and it was quite a lot for an 8th grader), I spent on more art supplies. Apparently,  I was a born entrepreneur. The artist part is still in quesiton.

But, then I grew up and life got in the way, and I had to find a way to do more “sensible” things with my time. Until…

Art Works Studio
I walked by Art Works, a studio & classroom located on Larchmont just blocks from where I live. The paintbrushes in the windows taunted me, and those beautiful easels propped up all proud like dared me to come inside.

Easels

Brushes

Then one day I met someone who knew the owner and invited me to class. It was fate! Sometimes we just need a little extra push to do the things we say we want to do, don’t we?

To Live A Creative Life
The studio itself is such a colorful, inspirational space, but our teacher Julio is why I keep coming back. He is so patient and just the kindest soul, not to mention an incredible artist himself. He never laughs at my work (just at my antics) and encourages me to push beyond what I think I can do.

Dad Art

Inspiration
Each class starts with a little background on our topic. This week, Julio took inspiration from an exhibit he saw at the Guggenheim , which then led to him seeing cats in paintings everywhere he went. It was the first time we have drawn animals in class and it was tons of fun, if not a little challenging.

Julio

Paint Tray
Everything is provided in class…you are given a paint tray with brushes…

Art Works

And a blank canvas…yikes. It’s always so scary at first!

Wine

Which is why we need wine.

Molly
So serious.

Color Palette
This week we also got a lesson in color, which I loved.

Dave Cat

I started out going to class alone and then The Mister and I decided to make it a date night. What was I thinking? My husband is a professional artist. His cat though. Gahhhhh. I try not to compare my work to his.

Art Works Class
Everyone is welcome, and everyone is at a different level (unlike the time I decided to take ballet at the best dance studio in L.A. and left with my head hung in shame). Anyway…

Cat at Art Works
You usually leave feeling quite proud of yourself.

Molly Cat

Even if you did paint a blue and pink cat!

Art Works  has lots of different classes for children as well,  so check it out! Even if you aren’t in L.A., I encourage you to find your inner artiste or try checking something off your bucket list. YOLO!!!!

Art Works. 660 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004. 323-463-2562

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8 Comments

  • Reply Anna August 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Ahhhh Illusions-those were the days! Happy Birthday to you friend!

  • Reply Sandra Zaninovich August 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Happiest birthday little Miss Moleficent!!! I love that you spent it with cats :-)).

  • Reply sandy rogers August 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I love reading you, AND…………. I love your cat!

  • Reply Susan August 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I still have some if those earrings and t-shirts, so if anyone out there is interested……just give me a nod. Seriously, I can’t part with ANY of them. They are quite priceless.

  • Reply Rolonda Watts August 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    What a wonderful blog, Molly! I can relate so much to what you say, as I was also captured by the brushes in the window and really enjoy Julio’s classes. Hope to meet you when I return!

    Keep up the great blogging. You are my inspiration!

    Rolonda

    • Reply Molly August 21, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Hope to meet you in class!!! 🙂

  • Reply Belen August 21, 2014 at 8:47 am

    HAPPY [belated] BIRTHDAY!!!!

    • Reply Molly August 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

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