An Evening out With a Friend: A Painting and a Conversation

Happy new year to you all. This is my very first post in 2019, yet I’m talking about an experience in 2018. Sorry to disappoint you a little bit. It’s still fresh though, as it happened last week. Yep, it was my recent activity with my friend. Don’t worry, I’ve planned to post my 2018 recap and 2019 goal after this one.

Let’s head up to the story. Last week I went to a cafe near my home to make a painting with my friend, Shania. Do you recognize her name? I talked about her on my recent post: We Did Gift Swap Before Holiday Comes.

It was a usual day in uni when she asked me to hang out together to create some painting. To be honest, I’m not a painter or an artist. I am far to claim myself an artist. But, I love doodling with watercolor. I’ve been learning to use watercolor properly since last year if I’m not mistaken. When she asked me to hang out on holiday, I thought it would be a great idea. Chilling with a friend, creating one or two arts, having a conversation with a friend who has the same hobby as I am. It sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

I am the kind of person who won’t see any friends on holiday. Yes, I’m an introvert. I seldom have a meet up with some friends on that occasion unless they are my bestie or close friend that I comfortable to talk with.

So when Shania suggests that Idea, I was delighted. She lives about ten to fifteen minutes from my home, and when the holidays finally came, she texted me first. It was pretty surprising at first because I didn’t expect she would text me immediately, yet I was certain to do a watercolor painting with her. Therefore, I texted her to meet up at a cafe near my home on Tuesday 25 in the evening.

Unluckily, when the day I expected had come, I couldn’t come to meet her. I had to cancel our meet up because I got skin or lips irritation and should go to the hospital.

It was Wednesday 26, and I felt so much better than yesterday. It’s my turn to text her and re-scheduled our meeting. When we agreed to go to the same place and at the same time, I packed my stuff.

For painting at a cafe I brought:

  • Koi watercolor pocket field sketch box
  • Artmedia watercolor paper (cold-pressed)
  • Potentate watercolor pad (hot pressed)
  • Derwent pocket brushes
  • Regular brushes (They were actually useless on this occasion)
  • A pencil
  • An eraser
  • A washi tape
  • Drawing Pens

And voilà! That’s my watercolor supply. But, seriously, I brought everything that I have at home haha.

Back to the story. The needles of the clock at my home had pointed to 4:00 p.m. and I still sat in my living room waiting for her to text me “Hey, I’m at xxxx cafe.” But, I received nothing. Worried, I texted her “Let me know if you’ve arrived, will you?” She replied, “I already here, you silly.” Silly me, really. Why didn’t I tell her to let me know when she has arrived at the cafe!? Then, I rushed to the cafe. It only takes 5 minutes to go to the cafe on foot since the cafe we visited is the one that near my home.

I arrived at the cafe five minutes later and saw her sit next to the entrance. Fortunately, She hadn’t been waiting for too long. We ordered drinks and beverages afterward. I ordered iced black tea and a cinnamon danish, while she ordered Iced chocolate and cake tart. Because it was already evening and I hadn’t had anything to eat before, I ate the whole danish quick. After I finished it, we began to paint.

Since I told her I couldn’t paint the sky, she suggested we paint the sky. We took reference from the internet. My reference was a watercolor painting from Scratchmade Journal, a blog I found that day. First of all, I should tell you that I don’t know the difference between using reference and copying a paint (I rarely use reference). Anyway, here’s the result of my sky practice.

I wasn’t satisfied with the result. It was terrible. As you can see, I didn’t use my brush correctly. That’s because I can’t control the water coming out from my pocket brush. Moreover, I rarely use it. You can see that I dab the brush everywhere from the picture. Also, the color didn’t blend well. I also chose the wrong color in some parts.

Shania also drew some sky paintings. She frustrated because she usually painted with acrylic, oil paint, or just sketching with a pencil. She sketched with a pencil, afterward. Ugh, I loved her drawings!

We had had so much fun that evening. Besides painting and sharing thoughts about it, we also had a pleasant conversation. We stayed in that cafe until the sun had set, which was 6.30 p.m. because both she and I were already exhausted, we decided to go home.