Girl on the Go: Paint the House

Ok, so I am deviating from my Girl on the Go list again. Last week I chose a book I want to read, and this week, well, this week I want to paint our new house. Yes, a new house! A couple of weeks ago we sold our house and bought a new one. We recently finished all the paperwork and it looks like we’ll be moving in about one month.

The house we purchased is larger than our current home, and is in need of paint in several rooms. First of all, the people we bought the house from have young girls, so they painted the rooms with bright pinks and lime green colors. One room even has a blue sky with white clouds painted on the ceiling.

I have spent so much time on pinterest looking at color schemes and trying guess what colors will look nice in each room, but, my efforts are futile. I need to be in the house to get a feel for the colors I want to use in my office, the bedrooms and the living room. So, I am considering a trip to the home decor store as my Girl on the Go activity. Below is one of my favorite color schemes for the office. But, this may change by the time we move in.office colors haiku

Today’s Haiku:

aroma of paint
covers old memories
tenants new home

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Have you done any painting recently? What color schemes did you pick?

Are you looking for Bucket list items? Check out some of mine here. Or, feel free to suggest a fun activity for my list! I love adventure!

~Nicole

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Rochester Women Magazine: Channel Your Inner Picasso

The latest edition of Rochester Women Magazine is available. I had a lot of fun with this edition. The article features several local businesses that host painting and wine parties. You can find the article here.

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vangogh painting brushstroke haiku

Vincent Van Gogh Painting

Today’s Haiku:

somber winter day
sipping wine and splashing paint
swollen brush strokes

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Does anyone else have recent magazine articles being published?

Enjoy your day!

~Nicole

Wine & Canvas: Whimsical Winter Tree

We had a packed house at Wine & Canvas last Friday night. This was a private class to celebrate a birthday! As always, there were many unique backgrounds and trees. While everyone was painting, laughter and giggling filled the room—that is always a good sign. Thanks again to all who were able to join us.

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Whimsical Winter Haiku

Swirling snow
floating from sky
tips of branches glisten

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I hope you have had a happy weekend!

~Nicole

Let’s Celebrate!

What’s Up December?

I am celebrating today because this is my 100th blog post! Thank you to all the readers and followers that continue to support The Whispering Pen! I appreciate you!

This is a busy month. Denise and I are hosting three Wine & Canvas events, I have several assignments with the St. Charles Press, an assignment for Radish, a Rochester Post Bulletin subsidiary, and a trip to my hometown to celebrate the holidays and my mom’s birthday!

December 5th Wine & Canvas Event is “A Bottle of Red.”

Wine & Canvas events for December 2014

December 12th Wine & Canvas Event is a “Snowman.”

December Events Wine and Canvas Snowman

December 19th Wine & Canvas Event is “A Whimsical Holiday Tree.”

I didn’t have time to create this painting over the weekend…perhaps next weekend.

This month I am reading short stories from Stephen King’s, Skeleton Crew, and Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures: funny women write from the road. I’ll dig into another novel in January when I have more time to devote to reading.

I’ll also provide more tips for poets courtesy of the Portable MFA in Creative Writing.

And, the best part, exploring more haiku.

Memories Haiku

Memories fading
one by one—
journal entry remains.

What are you up to in the month of December?

~Nicole

 

 

 

Wine & Canvas: A Rustic Tree

Saturday, November 15th was the fourth Wine & Canvas event. Denise and I had 21 lovely ladies join us for this event. Thankfully we had an additional easel as we were only set up for 20.

Wine & Canvas Rustic Tree

We had many familiar faces and lots of new faces. Everyone had their own take on the Rustic Tree subject matter. A few ladies wanted trees in a spring or summer setting. I couldn’t blame them, it was 20ish degrees and snowing (again) last night.

There are several pictures below thanks to Denise’s dedication to capturing the process as we filled our canvases with paint.

A big thank you to all the ladies who were able to join us for the Rustic Tree event! We have three Wine & Canvas events planned for December, two are private parties. The next one is a wine bottle and wine glass on December 5th. I’ll have a sneak peek once I get each one painted.

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Wine & Canvas Haiku

Blank canvas
a brush pushing paint
laughter fills the room.

How do you feel when looking at a blank canvas or blank screen?

~Nicole

 

A Tasty Chocolate Cupcake

Surprise!

I bet you were expecting to see a delicious, fresh-baked chocolate cupcake right out of the oven.

Cupcake Painting for a birthday party

Nope, just a delicious looking cupcake that made its way onto the blank canvas.

On Saturday, my friend Denise (from Wine and Canvas) is hosting a birthday party at her yoga studio for a young girl in our community. She asked if I would teach a painting class for the girls.

Denise is teaching a 30 minute yoga session first, and then the birthday girl, and nine of her friends, are going to get creative! I thought this was a wonderful idea for a child’s birthday party!

Cupcake Haiku

Dollop of icing
atop the rich, gooey cake.
Time to celebrate.

~Nicole

 

Paint the Town

On Friday, October 17th, Denise hosted another Wine & Canvas event at Illuminate Yoga Studio. We had 18 people, our largest group yet. The painting we chose was “Make a Wish.” But, as the creativity was unleashed many people changed their painting to say Peace, Love, Joy, Blessings and other greetings.

It was such a joy to create this painting with many new faces and many familiar faces. Some of the ladies that attended have been to all three events Denise and I have offered. We are very grateful for all who have attended, and I am grateful for Denise, who has been a wonderful friend and host for these events.

Make a Wish painting for Wine and Canvas

“Make a Wish” Haiku

Believe in yourself
and your wishes will come true—
Grateful and humble.

Here are a few images from Friday’s event.

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There will be another Wine & Canvas event on Saturday, November 15th at 6:30.

Wishing you a great week!

~Nicole