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Monday, November 16, 2015

Surprise Birthday Party

On Saturday night we were guests at a surprise party for my friend's birthday.

We hid in the back room of Paintlounge West Toronto until she and her husband arrived...




S U R P R I S E !


She was really surprised!!!

For the next two hours, the guests and the birthday lady either made individual acrylic paintings or collaborated with someone. 



At first M and I were intimidated by the idea of making a work of art, especially in public, but it was surprisingly fun. We were all beginners, together. And everyone was supportive. A couple of staff artists were on hand for information or help.


Acrylics dry fast, so there was no time for "painters' block."




M and I collaborated on this painting.



Today would have been the birthday of my late friend and cover designer, Kevin Slattery. I like to think he peered over my shoulder as I painted, encouraging me to have fun.

15 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fun party! Great idea to paint together, and your painting turned out really fun. Love it :) I'm sure Kevin would have loved your painting too. Can't believe he's gone. Miss him.

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  2. Barb, it's beautiful!!!! Love the colors and the lone owl. So peaceful. I am sorry about the loss of your friend Kevin.

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    1. Thanks, Vijaya. We're really pleased with the painting. Hugs and thanks for the condolences.

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  3. I *love* the owl! And yes, I imagine Kevin was definitely enjoying your creative work. :) (this is Robin, btw)

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  4. I hope it was a *good* surprise. I tell everyone i know to never ever give me one of those... Sounds like you had a blast.

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    1. M would agree with you about surprise parties. :-)

      This was the third time over the years that my friend's husband threw a surprise party for her, so he had to work extra hard to pull it off. By not having it at their house, and not on the exact day, it was most unexpected. She was a good sport and she doesn't seem to mind. But he probably won't be able to do this again for a long, long time!

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  5. Is it possible for a painting to be poignant and cheerful at the same time? What a great collaboration, and a lovely tribute to Kevin.

    Susan

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    1. Susan! You must have contacted me telepathically! I was just thinking of emailing you and sending you this! Going to send it to the others in our group.

      Aw, thanks. :-)

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  6. I love the owl for you and the helicopter for M. Lovely! The world is better with art, especially the collaborative kind. Bravo!

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  7. I love the owl for you and the helicopter for M. Lovely! The world is better with art, especially the collaborative kind. Bravo!

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  8. Love the owl! It goes right along with my photo, how neat is that?

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    1. Thanks, Catherine!

      You're lucky to get owl visitors! I used to hear owls sometimes when we lived in a house; but now that we're in a condo, we only have the stone owls (see header photo).

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