Sunday, August 1, 2010

Painting Class with M. Douglas Walton

Back in June when Phillip and Robyn were up at Freshman Orientation, they were looking for a building to find their next workshop. They saw a couple of people across the street and decided to ask for directions. The people were happy to show them the way and they talked a bit while they walked. The man wanted to know what Robyn planned to major in and was excited to hear she was a Studio Art major. He was an artist and was currently teaching a watercolor class nearby. He invited them to visit the class and see what they were working on. Robyn came home from orientation very excited about the class and we decided to take the class together. I will be honest. I only took the class to spend time with her before she leave for college.

The class was a lot of fun. I don't think I was ever able to let loose and go with the creative painting process. My paintings looked more like unicorn barf, but it was fun trying out the techniques he taught us.

Doug is one of the most interesting people I have ever met. He invited the class to his house after one of the classes and I was amazed. He lives in a museum or what could be a museum. Everywhere you looked there were treasures to see. He took us through his entire house, including the bathrooms and his clothes closet. Yes, there were cool things to see even in there. He has been to a bazillion countries and has been given items from some he has not been to...yet. I didn't get to see his separate studio building and storage building. I was having major hot flashes (thank you medication) and had to go sit down and fan myself before I passed out. Robyn gave me a report and said the other buildings were just as jaw dropping as his home.

It was a great three days. I met an interesting person, explored another side of my creative self, but the best part was that I was able to spent time with my baby.

Oh...the picture below is one of Robyn's. It turned out so beautiful that it is now framed and hanging in the house. I need to take a picture of it and post it below.