creative practice one: summer edition

Take me back.

This week, I have been thinking about my running friends. In 2014 and 2015, we ran a 200+ mile race between the twelve of us, relay-style in California from San Francisco to Napa Valley. For most of us the best part of the trip wasn’t the race itself, it was the brewery and inn we stayed at afterward in Calistoga. 2015 was extra memorable for many reasons and I will never forget that trip and all of the people that I made connections with. I’ll never regret having a beer and cheese tasting for dinner or staying up late drinking wine from tasting in Napa with good chocolate in the beer gardens after they were closed.

It is memories like this that bring a smile to my face and lend me the fuel to create something to remember my trip by. For my creative practice this week, I painted a wooden beverage coaster.

Before:

After:

This was rather simple and I had all supplies already on-hand.

I took an unfinished wooden coaster and painted it with a pointillism technique using Q-tips. After that dried, I went over it with a fine tip art pen. I will be slapping on sealer when it’s totally dry and enjoying a cold beer on a hot summer day here in SoCal while I think back fondly on my Napa trips with my friends.

Thanks for stopping by,

Mandy

 

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