CAMPOBELLO – Annabelle Juneau of St. Stephen has been a regular at Campobello’s annual Fogfest for several years. Initially, she taught a yoga class on the Saturday morning of the festival, and once it was discovered she also hosts paint & sip classes, she was asked to do it for Fogfest. Juneau, who loves visiting the island, jumped at the opportunity, and hosted her class last Wednesday evening at The Pier Waterfront Restaurant.
“This is the second year for the Fogfest Paint & Sip,” said Juneau. “I am a yoga teacher. Four years ago, they invited me to do yoga on the beach for Fogfest, and it’s something they offer free. Last year, they had it in mind they wanted to do a paint & sip. They had noticed that I do paint & sips from time to time, and said, ‘would you like to come over here and do one for us’. They have many wonderful artists on the island, but not everybody is prepared to invest the money in buying all the supplies.”
So, what exactly is involved in a paint & sip class? Juneau said everyone who hosts this type of class has a certain style that is all their own. For her classes, she likes to walk the participants through the painting step-by-step. Participants paint their own versions of a painting she has already done. This year, she decided to use the Mulholland Lighthouse as the inspiration for the painting. She had planned on using a painting she did of the Head Harbour Lighthouse, but was told that everyone does this, and her other painting was more unique.
Juneau likes to set up a canvas with the basic design outlined in chalk. She takes measurements of her original artwork, and then scales those measurements down so the class participants can do their own smaller versions. In the supplies she provides for the participants there is a ruler, and they also use chalk to get the basic design on the canvasses before the actual painting begins.
“This is going to be a guide,” said Juneau of the canvas that is pre-marked with chalk. “I have the paintings up there so they can see that. We take it step-by-step. I measured the painting that is the exact size, and went to scale on that. I’ve made a note of what it is for them (measurements). I’ve done it in chalk over there (on a canvas). So, as I’m guiding them, I’ll take a black Sharpie and I’ll start filling in and they can follow along. It’s just to give an outline guide and get proportions, and then we start to paint.”
The reason Juneau provides the measurements is because there are some people who are more apt to think logically than artistically, or as she put it, left-brained and right-brained. Because these classes are meant to be fun and relaxing, she takes the appropriate steps to ensure that participants are not going to become frustrated while they are painting.
“I believe that this is a creativity moment, and we need to reach inside us. But, there are people with the left brain, right brain, and some people have a real hard time with it. So, it’s easier, this is not to be stressful.”