Thursday, October 4, 2012


Last weekend, I was super excited to attend the 30-something birthday of my blogger (and real life!) friend, Melanie.  The theme?  Corks and Canvas, held at a local art studio and gallery, Artichokes.

Mel selected an abstract theme and after a few cocktails, we set to work.  We had an amazing teacher guiding us, Noelle Stoffel (who also happens to be a real life acquaintance as well since our kiddos go to school together.)

Here's how mine turned out.  It's currently doing the lean on our bookshelf (with some other masterpieces) until I can figure out a permanent home.

I'm rather impressed with myself!  It's really amazing that with a brush change or use of a fancy tool, the outcome of your piece changes.  Thanks to Noelle for helping me with that coral-colored "blob" in the middle, which is my favorite part.

After the painting, I wandered around the gallery and checked out Noelle's work.  I would like one of each please. 

Into The Deep, Noelle Stoffel

Trinity, Noelle Stoffel

Heartfelt, Noelle Stoffel

The Way We Were, Noelle Stoffel

Noelle's work can be seen on her website, in person at Artichokes and also at Room 39 (delicious if you haven't been, btw.)

Check out Melanie's take on the night here


  1. I saw Melanie's post on this too, what a fun night...I wonder if they have something like this in STL??