But you'll love me anyway when I explain.
Have any of you ever done paint parties?
Last Friday, a bunch of us from work went out to celebrate with a co-worker. Celebrating may not be the word most people would choose after receiving the scary diagnosis she got, but she wanted us to all go hang out and have a good time before she started treatment.
So we went to a paint party place.
If you're not familiar, everyone paints the same painting. It's not exactly paint by number, but it's fairly close. The instructor sets you up with a palette of paints, a canvas and brushes, and then she leads you through the two hour process, literally stroke by stroke.
"Okay, pick up the medium sized paintbrush, dab it in a little yellow and make a dot in the middle of the canvas half way down. Now make a matching dot half way from the bottom. Now connect the two dots with a backwards candy cane."
As if that wasn't specific enough, there is another artist who wanders around and can help you out if you're not getting it right.
There is a specific design for the night. The one for our night was this.
Are you ready for my version?
|My family couldn't decide if I'd made a heart or Africa.|
Needless to say, my husband and daughters had quite a laugh at my expense. Doesn't matter. We had loads of fun and supported a colleague. Nothing not to love (Except maybe my painting. ;) )
So all these tropical colors had me wanting something with a tropical flair.
My daughter was making a yummy, sort of tropical sounding salad for dinner, so she let me share her meal.
I don't think it has a name, but it's a cold salad bowl based on red quinoa.
First she made the red quinoa and left it to chill.
Next came her mix of mango, raspberries and avocado.
Then came the kale and coconut.
Fit for a tropical escape, don't you think?
I confess. I didn't eat it. One of my aunts has a deadly allergy to mangoes so I've always had a fear of them.
Has anyone else ever done one of those painting nights. They're apparently all the rage though I have no idea what I'm going to do with the painting. Hmmmm, future art fact sheet. ;)