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July 4, 2014

Art, painters and talent

NORMAN — American business ingenuity is amazing.

For example, an interesting and clever business concept has been popping up all over the country. The names may vary depending upon the creativity of the proprietors — Wine & Canvas, Painting with a Twist, The Art of Wine or The Paint Bar.

The idea is simple. Take one or more artists looking for a way to earn a living, utilizing their talents until the miraculous day arrives when they are hailed as the next Picasso or Van Gogh (with or without the ear amputation). Add a considerable amount of patience, sense of humor and a mega-dose of other good to great teaching qualities, which includes not laughing at the final products.

Include painting supplies — easels, canvases, paints, paintbrushes, paint-spattered aprons and plastic cups of water. Give detailed and clear instructions such as do not drink the water in the plastic cups and do not dip your paintbrush into you wine glass. She did not say “do not dip your brush in your beer bottle” because that would have taken some effort and she assumed no one wanted to go through the brain damage of trying. Although, you do know what they say about assuming?

An assistant waits, watching for the raised hands. That is her cue to, more or less cheerfully, squeeze medium plops of paint out of plastic condiment bottles on the would be artists’ paper plates (also known as palettes) whenever they run out. After the class is over, she is also tasked with cleaning all the paintbrushes. This chore would be easier if everyone followed directions and soaked their brushes when not in use.

Something happens to adults when they are placed in a classroom setting. It could be subconscious nostalgia, but they revert to those good old school days when almost everything a teacher said, directions in particular, went in one ear and out the other. Consequently, during one of the paint drying segments the teacher was spotted walking around dropping used brushes into the soaking cups.

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