Janet Rudd, owner and artist of Creative Touch Paint and Design, helped the queens tap into their inner artist by hosting a painting night at her studio on Wednesday, June 29th. As the girls filed in and seated themselves, Janet welcomed them and introduced herself and her space. The girls and I then got a complete tour of the beautiful studio, which eventually led us into the main painting space where a large, mysterious structure was revealed. At that point Janet explained to the girls that instead of making their own paintings this year, they would instead be working together to create a fun, fair-themed, photo opportunity on the giant, canvas-like structure. The girls’ faces lit up and the room immediately filled with excited chatter!
No time was wasted as the brainstorming process began immediately, followed by sketching and doodling. Now I won't give too much away, but basically each girl chose her own section of the mural and decorated it as she wished, using full creative freedom! Aware that not everyone possesses Picasso-like paintbrush skills, Janet assured all the queens that, “If you’re hardworking, have good character, and collaborate, you can do anything!” This proved to be true as the girls worked seamlessly together and their mural started to come together.
After around two hours of busy pencils, paintbrushes flying everywhere, and paint filling the canvas, their project was nearly done. They worked long and hard, making sure that their creation was picture perfect, and were pleased with the results! Alongside her artistic expertise, Janet also left each of the girls with their very own studio paintbrush, a great keepsake to remember the evening.
Their final masterpiece will be displayed in the fair parade on Sunday, July 31st. But if you can’t make it out to the parade, don’t sweat it. The photo op created by Janet and the queens will be on display ALL week long at the fairgrounds!