And D.C.’s Top Artista is …

And D.C.’s Top Artista is …

Rachel Cothran's Winning Painting

Rachel Cothran's Winning Painting

Rachel Cothran of Project Beltway!  I like to call her the “original fashion blogger in D.C.”, having started shooting photos and tapping away on her keyboard back in January 2007.  Last at Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase, she, Holly Thomas (who took a close second place with a totally different look), Jennifer Barger, Kate Michael, Elaine Mensah, Janice Susan Wallace, Kelly Collis and your truly joined in a little friendly competition.  It was for the first ever ArtJamz Top Artista (“sure they can dress, but can they paint?”) contest.  We had 2 hours, tons of acrylic paints, a canvas, artist tools, and lots of professional guidance (it was a big like Tim Gunn stopping by on Project Runway, “Hmmm. What are we doing here? I see! I like it! Maybe you could do ‘insert helpful hint without taking over the project’.”).  We also had white wine, some passed sustenance and of course the most important inspiration, besides the white wine: The “Dress”.

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My inspiration dress: A flowy Milly frock with a fish pattern

Each of us had a mannequin dresses in a different look. We were to take that dress and create inspired painting, that complemented or matched the dress.

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Kelly’s

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Kate’s

All the funds (10% from what people purchased at Bloomingdale’s) from the night’s shopping event went to Becky’s Fund, founded by Becky Lee who was there with her team.  At the end of the night, Rachel donated her winning painting to a bidder for $100 that went to Becky’s Fund.  I donated my piece to Heather Guay (Bloomie’s Marketing and PR Director).

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Rachel hard at work

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some of the tools we could use

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my end result: contrasted with the dark dress, using the same grays, blues, since it was flowy, I wanted a hard edge, hence the triangles (or pizza as Heather called them) and because there were fish in the dress, I thought of the ocean. The circles are the eyes of the fish or bubbles coming up…hey, at least I finished in two hours!

To sign up for the best event in town (great for groups, dates, or just to unleash your inner artist) please go to ArtJamz.

About Pamela Sorensen:
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.
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