I suppose I could have taken some really great photos of the gorgeous gardens we passed on our Hot Walk, but I had the handle of my sun-brella in one hand and a bottle of water in the other, and I was too busy checking myself for signs of heat stroke to organize any good photo ops.
After the walk, we went to our friends' house for game night and rehydration. We played a new-to-us game called Bad Bunnies. Having won two games in a row, I claimed the title "Worst Bunny". It's a pretty straightforward card game, around equal parts luck and strategy, lots of fun in a large group. This is my favourite card:
That is exactly how I feel every weekday morning.
In other exciting news of this week, I went to PaintLounge for the first time. It's a studio space in a storefront where you can go, alone or with friends (I went with friends) to do some artsy acrylic painting. I wasn't sure that it would be my thing. I can't even remember the last time I picked up a paintbrush for anything other than slapping a new colour on a wall. On the streetcar, on my way there, I even started to regret my decision to go.
However, once I got there and started squishing colours onto a palette, it wasn't so bad. I got going with brushes, a sponge, and a toothbrush, and created my masterpiece. Of course it turned out relatively crappy, but the process of applying paint and experimenting with colour mixing and other effects was fun. The end product wasn't as terrible as it could have been, thanks to the happy coincidence that one of the women in the group is a professional art teacher! She gave me some extremely helpful tips.
That being said, am I going to post a picture of the end result? No way José! Another friend of mine, who appreciates enthusiastically executed "outsider art", made the mistake of claiming that he doesn't just like my painting, he LOVES it. Therefore I will be holding on to it for a few months and giving it to him as a gag gift on his birthday. I hope he puts it to good use by re-priming the canvas and painting over it.
Would I go back to PaintLounge? Sure! Would I do it differently next time? Absolutely! I'm sure I would have been helped by pondering my inspiration before I actually had the brush in my hand, planning the layering of the paint, having at least one reference photo to work from; in short, there are many ways I could step up my game. I mean, it's fun playing with paint, but next time I wouldn't mind ending up with something that I would actually want to hang on my wall.