Happy Holidays

Hi Everyone! 

It’s been awhile since we posted here, but what better time than for the holidays? 47356860_305556140116276_7937425413586812928_n.jpg

We have had a very exciting year at Stickman Painting Studio, and we know that it wouldn’t have been the same without all of you!

As we approach the new year, we want to pause for a moment to say THANK YOU to all our loyal patrons as well as to everyone new who joined us along the way!

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To everyone who came out to celebrate the holidays with us, we are grateful that we were able to share our joy and celebration with you. But not only around Christmas are we happy about this; we are always incredibly grateful to share our time with you year round celebrating anything from holidays to birthdays to a night out with loved ones.

Stickman Painting Studio started out like any other company as nothing more than an idea, and we could not be happier that there are so many people out there willing to share this idea with us and cause it to grow in so many ways.

We love coming to work every day to make each person who walks through our door smile and teach them something new while having a great time.

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Your smiling faces are what bring us to work everyday and make us love what we do. Spreading joy and laughter with people we care about is not just something we save for special occasions; it’s something that we strive to do every day and in as many ways as we can every time we set up an event and wait for people like you to join us.

There is so much that we are grateful for here at Stickman, but the greatest thing is
YOU!

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We would not be here doing what we love without your support.
And with that support we hope we can keep moving forward in doing what we love to bring you more of what you love.

As always, we have events coming up, and we can’t wait to see you in the New Year to continue to celebrate everything we are so blessed to have.

Until then, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.
We’ll see you soon ♥

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Get to Know the Team: Stacey Ball

Hey everyone! We thought it would be a great idea to use this blog as an opportunity to introduce you to the members of our team. For the next few weeks, some of our new post will feature a different member so that you can get to know us better.
This week we’re starting off with none other than our lovely Manager, Stacey Ball! She’s a great person, a great boss, and a wonderful teacher. Here’s maybe a few things you didn’t know about her.
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1. Let’s start with an introduction. What do you want your pupils to know about you?
Hey there! I’m Stacey, Owner of Stickman Painting Studio. I’ve been working in the Paint and Sip industry for over five years and have loved every minute of it. I have been creative since I can remember, and I love drawing and painting. I also dabble in writing. My writing is mainly fiction, but I did have a piece of non fiction published in an anthology a few years ago. I love teaching people how to paint and finding the inner artist inside them that they didn’t even know was there. When I’m not working, I’m hanging with my Italian Greyhound Stanley, spending time with my 2 nephews, and trying to socialize, which is hard in the adulting world!
2. What made you want to start Stickman Painting Studio? 
I started Stickman the end of March 2018. I had the desire to open my own business a few years back but then decided not to. When the studio I managed up and closed without warning last January, the thought did cross my mind again, and here we are!
 
3. What is your favorite part of running the Stickman Business?
I’d have to say my favorite part of owning a business has to be seeing how it continues to grow. I have been working really hard and have an amazing team as well that is helping Stickman grow and become a well known studio in the area! I couldn’t do this without my team, and I love working with them and helping them grow in the business as well as in their personal lives.
 
4. Did you always know you wanted to be a painter? Any significant experiences that led you to this point that you want to share?
I didn’t originally want to be a painter. The Disney Animation Studio, when it was still a working one in Florida was what made me want to be an artist. I did want to be a Disney animator for a very long time, but as I got older, my dream changed to be an artist. My focus in college was drawing. I have a BFA in it, but I took many painting classes. After graduating college, I worked in many school enrichment programs, loving working with kids and teaching in a non traditional manner. I also worked in corporate America as a graphic designer for almost 6 years. I wasn’t in love with that job; it was a blessing in disguise when my position at the company I worked at was eliminated. After that, I still continued to work in school enrichment programs, but I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do forever. It was a fateful look on craigslist that I found a job with the studio I was at prior to starting Stickman Painting Studio. I’m so happy I found that job, because it has led me to where I am today!
 
5. What has been one of your favorite experiences with Stickman?
Besides getting to work with some amazing people and teaching those who don’t paint normally how, one of my favorite experiences happened back in October. I was at an event where people could paint pumpkins. A lady who decided to paint one, asked me what company I was with. When I told her Stickman, she said she had heard of us and asked if we were a franchise. At this point we were only in business about six months, and at that point I knew my team and I were doing something right and were moving in the right direction.
 
6. What advice would you give to a new painter who wants to try this for the first time?
My advice to anyone who wants to try this who doesn’t normally paint is to not be hard on yourself. This experience is supposed to be a fun one while you are also learning. If you are really nervous, take a deep breath. Try not to self sabotage either. Complaining doesn’t help the painting and it keeps you in a negative mindset.
 
7. What is your favorite event to host?
I love the Happy Landscape Events. They focus around the painter Bob Ross. We have a cardboard cutout of him. We tell the class information on Bob and quote him throughout the event. Everyone can come wearing a Bob shirt or a wig. Some have event brought happy trees to the event.
 
8. What are you most excited for in Stickman’s near future?
The thing I’m most excited for is to see where Stickman is going. I do have ideas in my head, but I’m excited to see what this experience truly has in store for us.
 
9. What do you hope people take away from a class at Stickman Painting Studio? (Besides their beautiful new piece of art, of course!)
The most important thing I hope people take away with them is that they learned something while also having fun.
 
10. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever gotten is to not let anyone rain on your parade. Follow your dreams, no matter how crazy they might be. Listening to someone’s negative banter about something you’re passionate about can deter you from your path. You know in your heart where you want to go and that’s all that matters. Someone’s negative advice and disbelief in what you want is a reflection of them and their beliefs and not yours.

We hope you liked learning more about Stacey. Next week we’ll be featuring another one of our awesome team members, so stick around!
And as always we encourage you to contact us with any questions or book with us. We always love seeing both new and returning faces at events.

Why Painting Is Actually Good For You

Why Painting?

Have you ever thought about starting a new hobby? Struggling to decide which one is best for you? Well, we at Stickman Painting Studio are here to tell you just why painting should be one of your top considerations.

Painting is a great way to relax while still challenging your memory and motor skills, it’s a fun way to learn new skills, learn about yourself, and learn about a community you may not know much about yet.

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Relaxation

You may not think that painting can be relaxing––there’s so much to think about, so much to plan out, so much you don’t know! It might all sound like too much work to be enjoyable. But, it’s actually quite the opposite. There’s something serene about getting lost in something you create. The worries of the day melt away with each brush stroke, clearing your mind and calming you down enough to leave your worries for tomorrow while you enjoy your night.

Communication

Art is a great way to connect with your fellow humans in group activities. There are many ways now that we can connect and paint together, which offers emotional stimulation as well as fosters the urge to experience life in a group setting––something that humans often crave as their base-nature.

Nurturing Environment

We are not meant to be alone all the time, and coming together to create something new is one of the best reasons to come together. It creates a safe space where everyone can come together and let their creative juices flow as well as get feedback on the work they’re creating. Creative environments are, and always should be, positive environments.

Talent + Growth

Where You Start

It doesn’t matter where you start. This could be something that fills a great deal of time after years of art class and discovering the passion for creativity or it could be a weekend hobby picked up to fill that free time you always find yourself with. What it boils down to is that creating should be about supporting each other and growing in skills as time passes. Everyone had to start out a beginner before they could become a professional.

Blooming Creativity

No matter where you start, there’s always room to learn a new skill. Painting is a great way to bring some creativity into your life, and, before long, you may notice these new creative skills trickling into other aspects of everyday life. Before you know it, you’ll start looking at everyday problems with a new light and may even be able to solve them easier, quicker, or both.

Dedication and Determination

Painting not only gives you the ability to say you created something from scratch, but it gives you the encouragement to keep creating. Maybe you thought you weren’t good enough or that you couldn’t create something, but a finished painting gives you the drive to keep creating and keep pushing yourself in new ways. Creating is a reminder that you can create anything you desire if you have a bit of drive and courage to pursue it.

Sure, painting on a weekend may not be creating the next Mona Lisa or Sistine Chapel, but it’s something. Practicing a new skill is a great way to remind yourself that there are always new and interesting things to be discovered and learn in life. 

Positive Energy

Although the process of creating can be intimidating, time-consuming, and down-right frustrating at times, there is nothing quite like looking at the finished product. You are reminded of all hard work and determination you dedicated to your project and the amount of pride and joy you feel when admiring all that you put into it is not quite like any other feeling. It reminds us that we should be positive more often and look at the world a little bit brighter and a little bit happier.

Details and Self-Care

Sure, we’ve all made those jokes about self-care, but painting really can be a form of self-care, on more levels than just one.

Motor Skills + Memory

Painting sharpens and fine-tunes your motor skills as well as promotes health of long-lasting memory. When we create something we have to actively focus on what we’re doing, focus on the details. It’s in these details that we’re working to promote positive brain health. Sure, painting is a way to tell your worries to “Get Lost!” but it’s also a great way to keep your brain busy while relaxing. 

Emotional Growth + Acceptance

Not only physically does painting help, but it can be a great aid in emotional strength and recovery as well. Painting is one of the best ways to immerse yourself creatively and explore new and familiar emotions. Trying out different styles and subjects is a great way to dig into your emotional well-being. It can be a great way to figure out what sort of things make you feel happiness and or joy or even sadness and hurt. We find out where our emotions lie and how to better deal with them.

Concentration + Positive Attitude

Painting is a great way to focus on what you want to feel as well as a way to meditate on ways to keep you feeling that way throughout everyday life. There’s a great joy that can be found in concentrating on the small details and then the new challenge begins how to refocus other aspects of life so they, as well, focus on the small details that make the overall painting a masterpiece. Oscar Wilde once said, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.”

Whether you believe that or not, there is always some sort of connection between life and art. There’s something lurking there like like old lovers holding hands remembering their younger days, looking for all the small details of why they still love each other, even after all this time. Find your art and find your attitude. Your life is there for the illustrating.

Worldly Views

One great benefit of taking on painting as a new hobby is learning about painters around the world, both past and present. It not only gives you something new to do but it also gives you something new to learn about and talk about. There are so many great things to learn. Pick up a book or a do a google search of a new art style you’ve discovered and you’re instantly given the names of artists who dabbled in the genre before you. Now you can impress your friends with your new paintings scattered around the house as well as your new knowledge that they will be dying to hear about.

Fun

The last, but likely most important, reason that you should pick up a paintbrush and start painting is that it’s just a good time. You won’t find yourself with a frown when you’re spending time creating worlds all your own. Who doesn’t love a few hours spent daydreaming while getting to know yourself better? 

Good for Your Health

Painting is a great way to keep our minds in shape as well as an awesome way to let our emotions flow while having fun. 

Painting is good for the mind, heart, and soul. There’s no downside, so consider taking on a new hobby today. And, boy do we have just the place for you to start.

 

Quotes from Bob Ross We Love

Everyone seems to love Bob Ross. After all, what’s not to love? He’s sweet, understanding, and just wants everyone to try their best. The team here at Stickman Painting Studio is no exception. So, we thought we’d share ten quotes from Bob Ross that we’re absolutely nowhere short of in love with.

These quotes are not only great advice for painting but they’re just generally excellent as life advice in general. Bob Ross always knows the right thing to say to make you feel a little bit better. a little bit brighter, and a lot bit happier.

“In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over is the garbage.”

“Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere—you only have to look to see it.”

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“It’s hard to see things when you are too close. Take a step back and look.”

“You need the dark in order to show the light.”

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“Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.”

“We don’t laugh because we feel good, we feel good because we laugh.”

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“Just go out and talk to a tree. Make friends with it.”

“This is your world. You’re the creator. Find freedom on this canvas. Believe, that you can do it, ‘cuz you can do it.”

“The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.”

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And, of course, who can forget the best one of all? I’m sure you already know which one it’s going to be. But, how could we leave it out?

“There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.”

Tell us your favorite Bob Ross quotes in the comments! We want to know what inspires you in your creativity and in your every day life.