I bet when you were busy playing as a kid, you didn’t know you were doing something important.
Playing is the best bonding first experience.
“What are we doing again?” my husband Phil asked.
“We’re going to paint wax on a photo on a canvas and then we are going to paint on top of that with our fingers.”
“I don’t get it.”
“You will. It will be fun.”
“Will there be any other guys there? Is this one of those girl things?”
Thus began our adventure to a Wax Works Photo class this past Thursday night. My husband is a former news photographer and hobbyist still photographer so I had a feeling he might be intrigued even though he was kind of making noise about his Father’s Day gift.
Anyway, Phil started with a photo he took of the beach with his two best buddies. I started with a photo of breast cancer survivors doing yoga on the art museum steps.
Here is a before picture.
Leah McDonald, our instructor at the Susan Beard Studio showed our class how to layer bees wax on our pictures with paint brushes.
Have you ever seen a group of adults, kind of freeze when asked to do something they’ve never done before?
“What? I’m just going to put hot wax on this?”
You know children would probably dive into this but we all cautiously picked up our paint brushes like we were about to do surgery on a cadaver.
We layered, and poked the wax and painted with our fingers and voila!
Anyway, long story short, I watched my husband transform his photo and play with wax and paint and lose himself in something he’d never done before, a first. He transformed, too, from being worried about whether he was doing it right to enjoying the process of experimenting and not knowing how it would all turn out.
We were just playing.
As we left the class in Manayunk in Philadelphia, I heard my husband say, ” I’d like to do that again.”
Ah ha!! We were happy and laughing and taking home our works of art.
Our daughter, Alexa, proclaimed them both beautiful on Father’s Day.
I agree. These two are beautiful too.
Don’t give up on getting your significant others to go play. Dare to be the “play instigator”. Make the plans. Surprise your family or friends with first adventures.
Enjoy making memories.