A Night Of Painting at the Ascension Parish Library

LaTreshia Douglas-Simon

The familiar phrase “A painting is worth a thousand words” is very true. With the different colors and designs, one can express exactly how they feel.

On last Tuesday evening, the Ascension Parish Library held a canvas painting for adults titled “Books and Brushes.”

“When I was a child, I remember coming to the library and painting a swamp scene,” said Erin Guillot.  “That’s the reason why I decided to teach adults about painting.”

A few said it was their first time painting while others said it had been a long time since they had painted. The project not only gave beginners a starting point but also gave them a better understanding about painting on a canvas.

“Painting would take you away from everything. You’ll get so much into it and wouldn’t think about anything else, said Guillot.

“A few weeks ago, Erin taught me how to paint my first picture of a swamp scene,” said Joey Mabile.

Kathryn Mercil said she thought it was really cool. She would definitely come back for another night of painting.

Guillot also stated she was glad everyone enjoyed the painting and hopes people would pick up on painting and continue it at home.

From the time I was a child I wanted to be an artist,” said Christine Bean. “I always drew. I’d ask my grandma how to draw a rose. I made paper dolls for my little sister.”

Bean got her wish and isn’t letting it go to waste. At 90, she’s still painting and teaching watercolor classes.

“What I like most is going out on location and painting,” Bean said.

In her studio, an addition put on her home two decades ago; Bean has the space for her easels, paints and paintings. It leads to her backyard, where she has a view of the robins flying around in the trees.

Bean’s most popular painting, which now lives on in 500 prints, is a scene in Padanaram Harbor in Dartmouth. Her husband Wallen suggested she paint it.

Bean retired from teaching art and sewing in 1977, but she never gave up her own passion for creating.

“It sort of takes you away from everything,” Bean said. “You’re right into it and not thinking about anything else. When you finish, it’s a wonderful, complete feeling.”

Bean was trained as an art teacher at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V., where she grew up, and worked for many schools, starting in Cincinnati. Besides art, she taught sewing, lastly at Dartmouth Middle School.