For Heidi Wood, creating art is meant to be a fun, relaxing experience, so she’s re-introducing adults to finger painting.
Wood recently opened a new art gallery called Gallery Pegasus in downtown Bellingham. It’s on 301 W. Holly St., offering landscape paintings and works by local artists.
Wood also offers Finger Painting For Grownups, which has classes for groups, individuals or corporate workshops. An artist herself, Wood was doing her own finger painting project when a person remarked a desire to try it and suggested Wood should teach some techniques. What started as a few people sharing food and wine while learning about finger painting has turned into regular class sessions.
The attraction to finger painting? Many adults find it a relaxing way to reduce stress. It’s a concept similar to the recent rise in adult coloring books and connect-the-dots books.
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Wood noticed that for many adults, it takes a bit of prompting to really let loose and have some fun. By setting down some ground rules – such as reminding people it is not a competition, there are no mistakes and if they don’t like the finished painting, they can just throw it away and start over – they start to enjoy themselves. Once they relax, it becomes a great way to relieve stress and some great pictures are created, she said.
“It’s the kind that is worth framing,” she said.
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