Wet on Wet Painting at the Scheinkopf’s
Watercolor painting with friends and family is a great way to create together. I use a technique I learned years ago: Wet (paints) on wet (paper), an easy process for people all ages. Colors flow and blend. No previous experience needed! Visiting family in Phoenix last May, I had the chance to see this art in action again. Our great niece, Jenn, has been fighting a heroic battle with brain cancer for more than 7 years. She and her parents, Danny and Lisa, and sister, Rachel, have inspired and helped hundreds of people along the way through their courage and love.
I brought watercolors this trip thinking it might be fun, or at least relaxing, for everyone to paint together if they wanted to.
It was Mother’s Day weekend and Sunday night we got out the paints. In good spirits, everyone was willing to try. (No pressure necessary!) The table was set up with materials for each person: jars of pre-mixed watercolors, 5 colors per person, brushes, sponges, and a water jar. Strong watercolor paper in two sizes was soaking. Danny, the Scheinkopf music aficionado, played “Groove Salad,” from listener-supported free independent radio, a perfect atmosphere of beats and rhythms to back up peaceful, playful painting.
Lisa, Jenn and Rachel, Danny, and Uncle Howie were game. I gave a quick demo as wet on wet is pretty uncomplicated. The goal was to enjoy the colors, create, breathe and have a good time. My job was to fetch clean water, fill paint jars when low, put finished paintings aside to dry and bring wet paper to the table for the next painting. And watch. It’s beautiful to see people new to the process transform into fabulous artists!
Everyone worked at their own pace, alone and yet together. Because this family is so close and connected, there was a harmony amongst them right from the start. Wet on wet watercolor painting can be slightly challenging because the colors aren’t easy to control. Everyone found their way into it though and opted to do 2 to 3 paintings each. There was a natural, gradual ending to it, artists signing their work, and big smiles afterwards. I had to take photos!
This is one of my favorite art things to share. Anyone can do it and I’d be happy to give tips on how to set things up if anyone is interested. Making time to make art with friends and family (non-competitively!) is healing, relaxing and just feels good.