Cookies and Canvas


On Friday, Oct. 27, artists occupied the campus center for a special event: Cookies and Canvas. The tables were arranged in rows with easels, canvases, paint brushes, plates of paint and cups of water already waiting for those who attended. In the time it took for everyone to arrive and get settled, music was playing and cookies were just asking to be eaten. Seeing as there  was a wide variety of cookie choices, I’m  sure everyone found something they liked whether it was classic chocolate chip, sugar cookies or Oreo’s, or the more random flavors like red velvet. (I personally had a sugar cookie and one of the red velvet cookies. Both were pretty good.) A cold glass of milk would have been nice, though I didn’t think of getting one at the time.

Fall is definitely in the air. Leaves are falling and the weather is getting colder. Our paintings reflected this changing of the seasons. The background of the paintings were unique mixtures of reds, oranges, yellows and greens. When looking at it from a distance, one can imagine the tops of trees in the distance as they began changing colors for the season. By contrast, white birch trees were painted in front of the colorful background. Their pale trunks crossed with grays and blacks were a nice complement to the fiery colors behind.

The process of painting was quite a simple one, although it can be timely. The night began by going through the different brushes, the type of paint being used and some information regarding the style of painting. From there,  the real fun began. First things first, we outlined the locations of what would later become birch trees. With a wash of our brush in the water, we were able to add color starting with green. From there we added yellow, and finally a mixture of reds and oranges. Once we were done, it was time for a little break, the point of which was to let paint dry so the colors wouldn’t mix in with the white that was next to come. At the time, however, most people including myself were too enchanted in painting, finishing up the background and making sure everything was perfect, to comply.

Painting the birch trees was rather quick, as it took only a few steps and there  was considerably less to paint. White base coat, swooshes of gray and a few strokes of black and you’re done. All that was left to do after that was wait for paint to dry and maybe steal a cookie or two while you see how other people’s paintings had turned out.

Art is in the eye of the beholders. No piece will ever be exactly the same. We may all have had the same instructions, but our pieces will always be unique. For some, the final painting looks like a forest in the fall air and to others, a river of fire burning its way through the trees. When it’s all said and done, you can walk away from this event with a painted masterpiece and a good time spent with others. I have mine hanging in my dorm room as a nice splash of color.


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