NYC | Best New Artist Award

Happy 2k12, readers!  I am looking forward to so much this upcoming year.  As a devoted reader, you can look forward to:

  • Me remembering (or trying to remember) to post at least once a week.  I just love to jam-pack my calendar (mostly because I like writing in my planner) and I shirked my writing responsibility a little bit in 2011 because I was EXHAUSTED, but I’ma try really hard this year.  Writing this is important to me, even if no one ever reads it, because it’s a great way to document all the wonderful things I’ve done in this magnificent city.
  • Finally seeing a few New York staples I’ve somehow missed the past couple years.  Empire State Building Observation Deck, I’m talking to you.
  • A food project to be revealed soon that I’m pretty pumped about.  The rules need to be broken out and it needs a title, but I will work on it and get back to you.
  • Taking more classes and checking out my creative side again which has been MIA for a while, aside from when Katie, Aubrey, and I made signs for the NY Marathon.  Nicole and I are taking a cupcake frosting class next week AND we signed up for pottery classes.  I took pottery two years ago and I’m really excited to get started again.

A few weeks ago, Nicole and I took *another* class together, a BYOB painting class at Paint Along NYC.  We bought a deal somewhere online for $22 classes, but regular classes are $45.  It was AWESOME.  We were able to pick which painting we wanted to do on the online calendar and decided on a Monet-like waterlily one.


We got a bottle of red and made our way to the studio in the Flatiron District.  The instructor was great, giving us really easy step-by-step instructions like “paint your entire canvas dark blue…paint light blue circles here, here, and here…paint green circles here, here, and here”.  The experience was really soothing, I forgot how it felt to have a paintbrush in my hand.


Even though we had a really good time, I actually didn’t think my painting was that good.  I decided that I needed to make the reflections on the lilypads a little more subtle and I took the time to do so.  I liked the painting a lot better the next morning, and even more when I got back from work that day.  I think sometimes you have to take a step back to see what’s really going on.  (Also, I wrote that sentence so that I could quote the old and amazing WB show Roswell).


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