Painting Party: A Slice of Life Post

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Hello everyone. I’m back today with another Slice of Life Post. A couple of weeks ago, I got together with my painting friends and we went to work painting our various pictures. We gather in my friend, Paulette’s garage and sit down at our easels and try to create our our masterpieces. I’m a messy artist. Just like I’m a messy cook or baker. It’s just the way I do things, but I’m enjoying this creative endeavor even though I have a lot to learn.

It’s such a calming atmosphere as we all concentrate on our work and the scent of paint hangs in the air like a misty cloud over our heads.

Photo via VisualHunt

Even though I’m an introvert, I enjoy getting together with people when we are engaging in an activity, like painting, or playing cards, or hiking. I’m not one for idle small talk. I’m more of a seeker of truth. I want to solve the world’s problems and when we get to painting we talk about them and we do come up with solutions. We need to write them down so we can send them off to the powers that be. 🙂

Getting together like this reminds me of the old quilting circles women used to organize in the olden days. We bond and come together, sharing parts of our lives with each other.  This bonding time is important for us relationship minded folk.

Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives via Visualhunt.com / No known copyright restrictions

When we get together and paint, it calms me. It’s a way to be creative but get away from my writing for a little bit and learn something new. I like learning. That’s why I like writing so much because there’s a lot of research to do.

 Street exhibition of paintings

Photo via VisualHunt

How about you? How do you relax and reconnect with your inner self?

Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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14 Responses to Painting Party: A Slice of Life Post

  1. Getting together with friends to paint and philosophize sounds like a brilliant way to idle away the time. Much more so than my far-too-frequent habit of laying on the sofa for hours watching shows on Nickelodeon that are intended for the 13 year old demographic.

  2. sharonledwith says:

    So, did you create your next book cover, Lisa? Wink. Glad to see you stretch your creative muscles now and then. I’m also more a seeker of truth. Seems like were kindred spirits, my friend! Cheers!

  3. travelinma says:

    I tend to be inspired when others are creating around me. I like to draw, paint, sew, knit, write…..I just do it for fun.

  4. That is excellent – i usually just relax by reading and writing on my computer. yoga is relaxing too but if i dont want to exert energy, then reading and writing 🙂

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      I love Yoga but since I’ve had kids I haven’t taken the time to do it. Always seem to be doing a kid activity, plus I’m trying to improve my writing so I’m always working on that! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. It was good to hear from you!

  5. April Munday says:

    I relax by knitting and learning another language – not at the same time. The painting group sounds like fun.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      The group is fun, but I think learning another language would be fun, too. I took French classes in high school and college but I was never fluent. I hear knitting is a great stress reliever. I’ve always wanted to learn but never had the patience. 🙂

  6. The only painting I’ve done with a group was a “Paint and Sip” event organized by coworkers. It was great fun but yielded a ghastly painting. LOL. I don’t relax very much but probably my go-to that helps me wind down before bed is watching a quality series on Netflix. Right now I’m obsessed with all things Aussie and watching Crownies. I also love to take walks and knit. Most of my relaxing activities are solo or time with my husband. I’m sure when I retire I’ll seek out more group activities.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Sounds like you’ve got some great ways to relax. There is some sipping going on as well when we paint, but I’m usually too busy trying to figure out what to do to that I don’t sip much. There are some great series on Netflix. Hubby and I’ve gotten into some of the foreign ones where we have to read the subtitles, but they’re still good. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  7. sunphant says:

    Surprisingly, I like to get away and just do something alone to reconnect with my inner self. Like today, I decided to go downtown and go to Waterfront Park. Yes, it’s crowded with tourist, but I too became a tourist in my own town soaking up the scenery. I love just sitting by the water and letting my mind be free. Free to just relax and be still.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Good for you. Going off by yourself is one way to reconnect with your inner-self. I love hiking in the woods by myself. Just being there relaxes me, but I also like to be by the water. That seems to bring me peace, too. 🙂

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