Reese Witherspoon Is the Latest Celebrity Learning to Paint in Lockdown. Surprise, Surprise… She’s Pretty Great at That, Too

The actress shared her first watercolor efforts on social media this weekend. 

Reese Witherspoon learning to paint.
Reese Witherspoon learning to paint.

Reese Witherspoon, actress, producer, fashion entrepreneur, literary tastemaker, and now, artist? 

Yes, it’s true. Witherspoon took to her social media accounts this weekend to share her latest hobby: watercolor painting. She posted a picture of herself working at her dining room table on a study of a flower bouquet. And, like everything she touches, it was pretty damn good. 

“I’m quitting my day job!” she wrote, and thanked her mom for the art supplies. 

The internet heaped the actress with praise while also remarking on her all-white outfit—a bold move for a first timer—and yet, there was nary a paint stain to be found.  

Witherspoon, who is known for having the same kind of type-A personality IRL as she often portrays in movies, has had a busy quarantine. Aside from picking up painting, she also conducted numerous virtual interviews to promote her new show Little Fires Everywhere (and even sold her dad’s car to Offset from the hip-hop group Migos

She also endured one not-so-successful moment when her fashion line, Draper James, launched a campaign to give teachers a free dress as a token of appreciation for their efforts to make the transition to remote learning. Nearly one million teachers applied for the reward—a number the relatively small company, which has fewer than 30 employees and only 250 dresses, could not come close to delivering on, resulting in a PR fiasco and numerous public apologies.

Witherspoon is not the only celebrity to use the lockdown to try out art. Sharon Stone showed a basic instinct for painting with her first effort back in March. Meanwhile, Paris Hilton has apparently been spending a lot of time in her “studio,” which looks like a tweenage girl’s bedroom that Lisa Frank threw up in. Her trenchant word-based works bear phrases like “Stars are Blind” and “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” 


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