I was fortunate to be able to do my first painting workshop at Off the Map Tattoo in Grants Pass OR. In preperation for the workshop I painted just about every day, even if it was just for a few hours. It really helped me focus and understand why im doing the things I do. Its easy to zone out and just paint when you are by your self, however when you attempt to explain what your brain is telling your hands and arms to do, it becomes a bit more difficult. Overall I believe things went well! I wanted to create an evironment of positivity and encouragment. I will often have "paint night" at my house a few times per week. this is a time where friends from the shop can come and paint, laugh, talk shit, and unwind from all the stresses of the day. I often find that I am artistically rejuvinated during these long nights of art and laughter. I wanted to create ths in a workshop format, where people from all over can come toghether encourage one another, learn, and get a bit more direction and instruction, and leave with a fire to create and paint more. Im so grateful for the opportunity to develop this further. There will be many more workshops to come.