Even though 2014 had some horrible moments, there was one thing that saved me... Art with Friends.
There were new friends, who I shared fun moments brainstorming Mizzle ideas. Some were "adult" Mizzle ideas, which were fun to draw because they pushed me past my comfort zone.
These were a few sketches that I played with for the Lucky Seven art show I participated in.
These small watercolor paintings came about from a fun conversation that began with stripes. Somehow stripes turned into a neon Mizzle safari, where Larry rode a neon blue zebra. After I created the first painting, my friend came up with idea that the Mizzles needed to hang out with elephants.
But my favorite thing has been my monthly paint and wine nights. Last August, I turned my garage into my art studio. Each month I come up with a theme and find paintings by a variety of artists that fit that them. Then, we create our own versions of them. Sometimes we create a nice replica. And sometimes... well... we don't. The fun thing is that my friend, Jenn, and I are the only trained artists that are there. The remainder of the group is made up of friends who just love art... and at the very best, trust that I will help fix their painting if things go wrong. We all look forward to this night. Here are some photos provided by friends of some of these nights:
Definitely my favorite night each month! I think this has been the most healing time of my life... sharing my love of painting with a great group of people, who have been supportive in every aspect of my life... new friends and old friends sharing art, food, wine... and tons of laughs!