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Reckless Painting is Something I Wanted To Do

guest blog from Julia Weisser, Montréal, QC
a table being painted on by a few people

I first heard about Reckless Painting from my friend Brenda. I was visiting Vancouver and sharing my latest career plan with her: to start a private practice (I’m a social worker) focusing on artists and other creative souls. I also told her how I planned to run workshops with people who wanted to get more in touch with their creative side, whether because they had lost touch with it or had never dared to explore it in the first place. I felt strongly that this was something I wanted to do, although the “how” of making people comfortable enough to embark on such a journey was not clear to me.

That’s when Brenda told me about Arthur Orsini, and about Reckless Painting.

a painter reaching over another person's painting

I was immediately both intrigued and very happy to hear that such a person, and such a course, existed. Brenda shared with me how much fun she found the course to be, and that she now did “pizza box art” once a week on her own at home. As someone who used to be intimidated by a blank canvas or a brand new notebook, the idea of painting on cardboard, on someone else’s painting, or blindfolded made a lot of sense. Although I now consider painting to be one of the great pleasures of my life, it took me a long time to work up enough nerve to take my first painting class and to buy my first set of nice brushes. Reckless Painting seems like the perfect bridge between the before and after, between nervousness and accomplished enjoyment. Maybe one day I will be able to bring Reckless Painting to Montréal!

January 26th, 2014

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