Week 1: Gallery Girls, a Night of Figure Painting.
"I dream of painting and then I paint my dream." - Vincent Van Gogh
What did I do:
To kick off the year, my friends and I celebrated my birthday at a Gallery Girls event in Los Angeles drinking wine, listening to music and painting live figure models. The event was hosted at Rebecca Molayem Gallery with a Persian Delights theme, how appropriate! if you are not familiar with Gallery Girls, it is a beautifully orchestrated collaboration of artists and models coming together to revive the creative in each of us. Check out Gallery Girls to learn more.
Who was with me:
I invited a grip of friends, some talented artist and some as novice as myself. Earlier in the night I hosted happy hour at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood. It was a great way to start the night at a gorgeous restaurant with yummy food and delicious drinks.
What did I learn:
I learned that I don’t have raw talent when it comes to painting, sigh. We used acrylic paint which dries quickly and allows for layering. The individual interpretation of the same models was super interesting. Some artist took an abstract approach, others painted something very realistic and a few took a very animated approach. Half the time, I was walking around admiring other people's paintings and sketches.
One guy blew us all away, here is an example of his work.
Would I do this again:
I would definitely do this again. I hear Gallery Girls does events at night clubs and bars, late night painting/drawing which would be pretty cool. Gallery Girls is a wonderful experience for artist who just need a little motivation to get out and express their work. It is also great for newbies to experience something different for themselves. Who knows, perhaps there is a hidden talent there that's just waiting to be discovered. Lastly, I found it incredibly inspiring to observe art being created right in front of my eyes by the artists that attend these events. The act of creation immediately pulls you into the present moment, somewhere all of us can spend more of our time.