When asked to paint, most adults shied away expressing either inexperience or inability, to which I encouraged them to leap in and get a feel for the texture of the paint. I wanted people to simply learn what it feels like to mix one color and apply it to a canvas. Most people finally agreed (most kids readily participated) and ended up feeling terrific after doing so. That very basic act of putting paint on with a brush is very satisfying. Several people had never even picked up a paint brush, let alone painted with oils. It was very moving to allow people the opportunity to do that.
Now that my web site is mostly complete, I have time to get back in the studio and yesterday I made my first marks on the painting. My plan is to complete it, using the preliminary visitors' marks as the starting point. I will share my progress on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with #PVTeaPainting. Once completed I will donate it to Peters Valley's Annual Auction, set for Thursday, August 14th at the Walpack Inn. Click here for more information and tickets to the auction. And, if you're interested in taking a weekend workshop, learn more about Painting the Texture of Tea, which I will instruct August 15 - 17th at Peters Valley.