Monday, June 19, 2017

Cork and Canvas

About once a month, Easter Seals NL hosts a Cork and Canvas night as a fundraiser for their programs and services for persons with disabilities. I had never been to anything like this before but am always up for trying something new, so this weekend my Mom and I decided to give it a go!

Mom has a bit more experience painting than I do, so she was cool, but I was completely out of my comfort zone. I arrived thinking that I really wouldn't be able to keep up with the group, but under the step-by-step instruction of Parinita Verma, I think I did quite well!

Parinita has been involved with Easter Seals for several years now. She started by doing a painting auction fundraiser, and since then she has been hosting paint nights that are very popular and sell out every time! Parinita also does henna body art and has done several henna fundraisers for Easter Seals as well (I might have to try that next!!)

Cork and Canvas is a wonderful excuse for a night out with friends or family members. It is fun, relaxing, and all for a very worthy cause. There is no experience necessary, and they provide all of the necessary materials so you don't need to worry about a thing!

My painting started out pretty rough. I couldn't get the petal shape the way I wanted it at all, but I stuck with it. I stuck with it because I wasn't about to let the fear of looking stupid keep me from trying. (In fact, you should never let the fear of looking stupid keep you from trying!) It was tricky not to look at what others were doing, and to compare your work to theirs. Each painting was a little bit different, but they were all really great! By the time we got to the shading, my petals had developed nicely and I was quite happy with my work!

Here's how it went:

Who knew I could paint?!! I was so impressed with everyone's results! So many beautiful masterpieces were created in this one night!
Thank you to Parinita for your wonderful instruction, and for being such an incredible supporter of Easter Seals. I will definitely do this again!

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