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.