It’s hard to make time to be creative. Creativity isn’t something you can squeeze into your schedule like a quick jog before work or an afternoon coffee date. It’s something that takes time – time to observe, to read, to learn, and then more time to let your scattered thoughts form into original ideas.
For me, I literally have to use all my willpower to say ‘no’ to hanging out with friends so that I can carve time into my life for creative pursuits. It’s a fight against FOMO for that precious time to write a blog post, get better at photography or develop my next passion project.
When Madeleine suggested for us to do a painting workshop at Cork and Chroma, I absolutely loved the idea. As much as I enjoy drinking and eating out with friends, this was something special and different. We learnt something new, tapped into our right brains and laughed a lot over a few red wines. Yes – you can bring your own wine to the studio.
Drink. Paint. Repeat. Just don’t drink the paint…
I really wasn’t expecting the workshop to be as fun as it was. After work, we were madly rushing to get to the studio on time. And I was worried that I hadn’t held a paintbrush since … I don’t know, 1997?
But with a little guidance from the leading artist, we transformed our blank canvasses step by step into an Australian Bouquet masterpiece. (Okay, maybe ‘masterpiece’ is a slight exaggeration.)
At the end of the night, we pursed our red wine lips and critiqued each other’s art work. Mine was dainty and precise with a soft washed background. Anna’s was full of bright, bold and warm colours, while Madeleine’s strokes were wild and unrestrained. I feel like I got a glimpse into Madeleine’s and Anna’s imaginations, and them into mine.
It felt so liberating to create something that I had no idea how to even start only two hours ago. It truly was the perfect creative night out!
“Look Mum, we’re artists!”
Cork and Chroma
44 Montague Road
South Brisbane QLD 4101
Ph: 0402 718 253
For bookings: https://corkandchroma.worldsecuresystems.com/make-a-booking