The first time I painted live at an event was in 2008, and it was a disaster! I was one of 3 featured artists at the grand opening of my friend's t-shirt printing store, and I had no idea what I was doing. I've blocked out some of the memories from that night, but what I recall is this:
- I was seated on the floor with my canvas propped up by the wall, trying not to get accidentally kicked by onlookers as it was both crowded and pretty dark in there.
- I chose to paint in acrylics to avoid making too much of a mess, even though at the time I had really only painted with oils, and didn't know any tricks to help with drying time and blending, etc.
- This was back in college when I was on a bit of an abstract kick, and contrary to popular belief, abstract painting is actually VERY difficult to do WELL.
By the end of the night, I had a hopelessly half-finished, HORRIBLE painting, and I felt awful. It was such a terrifying experience that I vowed never to do it again.
Fast forward to 2016. You know that saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again"? Well, I finally overcame my fears, and decided to do just that - with amazing results!