words and photos by Megan Combs

Painting on a canvas from scratch has never been my thing. First off, I can’t even draw on paper, so painting a television character from scratch in front of a bunch of other people seemed scary.

But when I found out SmART Studio was hosting a painting party featuring characters from the television show “Twin Peaks,” I had to join. Plus, it was at Uncorked Wine Bar. What could go wrong?

My dad, six other people and I spent the night painting our favorite character: First coloring the back of a blown up photo of the character with charcoal, and then tracing it to the canvas. I chose Agent Dale Cooper, my dad chose Audrey Horne, several people chose the Log Lady, and oddly enough, no one painted poor Laura Palmer.

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Once we traced our characters onto the canvas, it was basically a paint-by-numbers from there. And with the help of SmART’s Jennifer Davis, we were all pros by the end. She gave us pointers on mixing primary colors to get the color we needed, as well as how to shade and paint noses (which are really hard, by the way).

Join Davis and SmART Studio for the November event “Have Yourself A Murray Little Xmas,” where aspiring artists can paint their favorite Bill Murray character. In fact, it was so popular Davis had to add a second date. The first event is at 4 p.m. on Nov. 28 at Summit Art Space, and their second event is at noon on Nov. 29 at the Akron Art Museum.

SmART Studio is based in Akron and offers workshops for artists of all ages and skill level.

Megan, still an amateur painter, is much less afraid to paint in public now that she knows the secret to success.

2 Responses

  1. Samantha Waime

    So I was born and raised in NE Ohio and all for supporting local papers and magazines. But, I was just perplexed at the layout of this website. For the longest time I thought this was a one man run magazine because it says Chris H. over a dozen times on this website. Under every article actually….so why aren’t the actual writers being highlighted under their work? I’m just looking at all these articles, and for the editors and journalist’s sake, I think there name (in this case Megan Combs should be the only one highlighted). Recognition is deserved and I’m sorry but if Chris H. is the editor in chief, he should understand how selfish it looks to the readers. Highlight the actual writer’s name….not just “words by.” I know your writers would appreciate it Chris H!

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    • Chris H.

      Hey Samantha! Thanks for sharing your perspective on that. I forgot that my name appears on the post at all. I’ll see what I can do to change that in the theme we use and if nothing else, I can switch it to “admin” or something innocuous like that. My name does not appear for the sake of garnering credit. I don’t always put my name in the byline of content I do produce. Regardless, I understand your larger point about confusing the reader so I’ll make every effort to rectify that asap! If any of our contributors feel like they’ve been dishonored or ignored by this, they haven’t told me, but I wouldn’t want to chance it either.

      The reason we put the byline (words by, written by, or just by) on the stories is to give proper credit. It appears at the top of the piece to make sure it’s seen immediately. Conversely, since this has largely been an one-man operation for the year we’ve had a website, I’m the only person with admin rights on the website. Soon, our editors will have access, including Megan, but I’ll still have to approve it. Anyway, I appreciate you taking the time to share your perspective! Take care – Chris H.

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