This years convention was smaller than most but definitely more intimate than most as well. A big part of that had to do with some of the events this year. There is no shortage of activity in Reno, Nevada. Whether it be the ability to gamble 24/7 or the plethora of shops and restaurants, there was always something to do. I personally enjoyed the moments I had with my peers, speed painting being my favorite.
I knew I wanted to participate in the speed painting event but at the last minute decided I’d sit back and as a viewer instead. When I shared this with my friend Cleta she convinced me otherwise. Now let me describe Cleta to you.
Cleta is a very attractive lady who has enjoyed a thriving career in business. She is a very smart and talented artist. She has a soft voice that could make you mistake her as being shy as it did to me. When I spoke to Cleta about not participating, she said I should. Being as shy as she is, I thought to myself that she’d never do it with me. As if I were a child I replied “I will if you will.” To my surprise she said, “OK”! All right then, game on! Cleta and I quickly figured out what we wanted to paint, picked our spots in the back of the stage and decorated the floor around us with a few glasses of wine for inspiration of course!
As the music started we all got into our own zone. It was so much fun to be painting side by side with other artists, drinking wine to the sound of someone’s playlist while others could stand by and observe. Midway through I stopped to peek around - it was amazing to see what others had come up with. To my left, Lori Wilson of Golden had created a green masterpiece of The Hulk, and behind me was so much more! At the end of the hour we all stopped and walked around looking at each artists technique and use of paint in such a small amount of time. It was extremely satisfying.
Speed Painting to music 2012 Reno, Nevada artists included Alli Kay, Pierre Finkelstein, Mindy Hunt Harrell, Cleta Grant, Margarate VonKaenal, Susan Mathers, Lori Wilson and Krista Vind and Patrick Ganino. Looking forward to next year’s speed painting in Indianapolis! See you there!