Monday, June 25, 2012

Smock- When Painting and Parties Mix (TM)

Last week, I had the opportunity to get back to my first love... Painting.  So I went painting party.  Smock, run and organized by Yianna Angelopoulos, is a party where you paint, socialize and drink. Smock will come to your home or venue to set up a whole art studio, which includes canvases, paints, brushes, easels, and smocks.  Drinks and food are provided by the host.

Our theme of the night was "50 Shades of Grey" meets Georgia O'Keefe.   Each easel was set up with a small Georgia O'Keefe picture and a quote from "50 Shades of Grey."  Yianna encouraged us to look at the center of the flower and work from there. To begin, we were given one crayon to create a rough sketch.  That's right no pencils or erasers.  The goal was to encourage us to sketch over any perceived mistakes and to problem solve.   Further, we worked with a limited palette of white, black, and yellow focusing on creating shades of gray with mid-tone values. As time progressed, we grew bolder with our choices and we were encouraged to add some color.

In the end, our paintings turned out fabulous!  Each and every painting reflected our unique and individual personalities.  If you would like to host a Smock party or would more information, you can reach Yianna Angelopoulos at or her blog

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