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You’ve heard of “wine and canvas”.

You’ve heard of “words with friends”.

I bring you “Painting with Friends”.

“Painting with Friends” is an activity that my friends Tracy, Kevin, Katrina, my husband Jeremy and I came up with a few weekends ago (though I doubt we’re the first people to ever do this). We were all hanging out one weekend and we wanted to do something creative.  Tracy suggesting painting.  Tracy, Jeremy, and Katrina went to the art store and bought a package of canvases, paint brushes, and paint.  The supplies cost less than $20.00.

There were five of us, so we thought we might all paint our own thing.  Well, I guess I shouldn’t speak for the others.  I assumed we would each paint our own creation, while in the vicinity of others.  However, when we sat down and set things up, we decided to create a work of art together.

Here’s the first painting:

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This one was created by each person adding one small portion of the painting and we went around in a circle taking turns.  First, someone added the blue line on left side of the painting.  Then someone added the brown line at the top left.  This was followed by the curly-cue, and the pattern continued until the canvas was covered.  Sometimes the next person would talk through what he/she wanted to add before adding it; other times the person would just go for it.  There was no shared vision discussed before creating this painting.

We enjoyed painting together so much that we decided to complete a second piece of art with each other.

This was our second painting:

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For this painting, we still took turns.  However, we took a little more time creating a shared vision before we started the painting.  Again, we started with the blue line on the left hand side.  We knew we were going to do a background of stripes with dots or something over the top.  The second person asked if each line we painted should be the same width.  We decided the stripes should vary in width.  When we got around to the first person again (turn number 5), we decided that the colors should vary in the order they are painted from left to right.  Once the background was done, we decided we didn’t want to wait for the paint to dry to add the second level, so we squeezed the tubes of paint above the painting and “plopped” drops of paint and the shapes onto the canvas.  Lastly, we took our brushes and created blobs or shapes with the “plops”.

Unexpectedly, I now feel a closer connection to each person who helped create these masterpieces.  So, I highly suggest this activity as one you should do with friends, family, co-workers, or anyone with whom you would like to create a connection.

Which of the two paintings to do you like better?

If you get a chance to try out this activity, you’d make my day if you could leave a picture of your creation in the comment section below.  Someday there may just be an art gallery or museum exhibit devoted to paintings created by groups.

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