The Quarantine Canvas

Bright colors. Happy vibes. Paints. Brushes. A reminder of "everything will be alright soon."

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Look at all these bright colors, don't they make you happy and excited? Isn't that what we need during this time of our lives? So go on, pick up that brush and get started!
Look at all these bright colors, don't they make you happy and excited? Isn't that what we need during this time of our lives? So go on, pick up that brush and get started!

Tired of hearing the word quarantine? Yes, me too! So how about we shape up the sentence a little? Add a word or two to it to make it sound interesting. How about The Quarantine Canvas? Odd mix of words? Its alright, sit back and relax. After reading this, you will know exactly what I am talking about.

Now I am no expert in arts or painting (especially on a canvas, I am trying though), but hey, you must admit, the three terms sound cool together, especially because they change the perspective about this time of our lives. Okay, enough with the boring explanation of the title of this post, I will now proceed.

There is a reason why I named this post specifically including the word canvas in it and I am sure you must have guessed it by now too. Since everyone is stuck at home contemplating what to do with all the time in the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic (I do not like talking about it a lot so I will not go into the details), a number of people have been trying out new activities and discovering their skills and I decided to jump on the bandwagon too and finally settled on giving painting a try.

The only problem was that I did not have any art supplies at home because guess who hadn’t touched paints or a brush since grade eight in school? I discussed how I had been meaning to try painting during this free time and found out that my aunt whose family we live with, had a box of paints and two brushes upstairs in my cousin’s room. He got these for his art classes in grade four. I was obviously on cloud nine! Therefore, I wanted to start right away, and I did. We did not have thick watercolor papers or sketchbooks in the house as well, so I had to start my first project (I like calling it that because it gives the whole thing a fancy feel, you know) on an A4-sized printing paper. Now imagine, someone who hasn’t touched paints in ages trying to paint something, and that too with watercolors. I had no idea how much water or paint I was supposed to use and how watercolors are blended.

So, the first time I tried, I wanted to paint a picture of a scenery I found on the internet. I imagined a perfectly painted, well-blended picture but in the end, I just wanted to throw the paper away. I’m glad I didn’t, because I am getting better and looking at that first painting always makes me laugh at how disappointed I was. The second time I tried, I added so much water, the paper could easily tear. Anyway, I kept trying because even though the projects were not turning out so good, I developed a liking for painting. I decided to leave sceneries for skilled artists and stick to simple pictures to paint and that turned out well. With time, I got better and even received compliments from my family and friends when I showed them what I had painted.

My cousin also decided to try it and she also got hooked very soon. Now all we had to was find a Facebook page to get art supplies delivered at our house which we did. The day we received the parcel, we were beyond excited to try out these new acrylics that we got. Little did we know *sigh* that acrylics are another headache (don’t get me wrong, all I am trying to say is that they are harder to blend) and how watercolors are our best friends. We sat on the roof, listened to some calm and happy music and painted. Even though we didn’t like how it turned out, I can undoubtedly say it will be one of our favorite memories from this quarantine. Now the two of us paint occasionally, on our own and together as well, depending on our moods, but the good news is that we are getting better. It helps us take our mind off of things and is a great therapy for destressing yourself.

So, all in all, a happy ending, yay!

If you are also looking to try something new, painting should definitely be on your list because you will love it for sure! Guess that’s enough for writing about painting for today, I gotta go paint something now!

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