5.24.2016

Make Me an Artist and Let Me Drink Wine



I don't have an artistic bone in my body.  I can't sing.  I can't dance, unless you count the adult ballet classes I used to take.  Actually, I was kind of good.  I can't draw, and I'm not crafty.  I can't do anything Pinterest worthy.  Maybe I can write, but that's about it, so when MJ organized a painting class for date night at Pinot's Palette in Liberty Station I was pretty sure it would be a total fail.

Maybe it's paint my numbers.  It has to be, because when I saw what we were supposed to be painting that night I just knew there wasn't any other way it was possible to get people who haven't held a paint brush since middle school art class to replicate a beautiful painting.  Painting the walls in your house doesn't count.  There was no overlay, nothing to trace.  We showed up to rows of blank white canvas and I figured that whatever I did would look like kindergarten finger painting.   My fate was sealed.  There was nothing else to do but drown my sorrows in a glass of wine...or two.

I was too busy drinking and nibbling off of the fancy meat and cheese platter MJ prepared to pay too much attention at first, but eventually I hit my stride.  It went a little something like this.  Sip wine.  Brush paint onto canvas.  Sip wine.  Dip paint brush in water.  Blot.  Brush strokes on canvas.  Sip wine.  Mix black and white paint.  Flip the canvas upside down.  Sip wine.  Add a little bit of white paint to the blue paint.  Eat cheese.  Brush strokes.  Blend.  Sip wine.  Sip wine.  It was so much fun! 
Mine on the left, the one I was copying on the right.  I added more leaves after MJ pointed out my bare branches
The trees were the scariest part, because they would be the center piece of the whole thing.  After adding the first set, MJ's canvas looked really good.  Mine was still looking pretty hopeless, so I drank more wine and persevered.  The music was pumping.  Nothing classical for us budding Picasso's.  It was all Biggie Smalls and Justin Bieber...you know, for inspiration.  By the time we got to dotting on the leaves I was having a lot of fun, and really excited to that it wasn't going to be a hot mess.  All it took was two hours, wine, and step by step instructions to make me feel like a legit artist. You don't have to have any talent whatsoever.  They tell you exactly what to do, you do it, and you will have a decent painting.  It's brilliant!  I'm actually pretty proud of my painting, and I still can't believe I did it.

Now.  What to do with our masterpieces?  They are not allowed in MJ's room, because the contemporary Neo-Classic aesthetic clashes with the Buffalo Bills motif, but I must find a home for them somewhere in our house.


10 comments :

Tia @ GoodGenes said...

That looks like so much fun!! I keep seeing people go to those classes but am not sure if they offer any local ones! Plus wine makes everything better!

Carly Blogs Here said...

I was literally laughing out loud reading through this! I'm the same way and have always kind of wanted to do one of these classes but kind of not because I'm afraid I would be so, so awful! It sounds like so much fun and your paintings turned out really good!

Nylse Esahc said...

This is so cute! my daughter and her boyfriend did this and I think I'm going to coerce my husband in to doing this also. Maybe there's a charity that takes all those paintings of people painting while drinking off your hand.

Catherine Gacad said...

we have one in our town, but i've been skeptical as i am not artistic whatsoever! given your post, though, we might have to try it.

Tomes Edition said...

This looks like so much fun. Definitely need to find a spot for them in your home

Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad said...

That's such a fun idea for a date night. Especially pushing you out of your comfort zone into trying something new! I'm no painter either, so I think this would be perfect for me. Plus wine, what's not to love?!

Lindsay said...

That looks like so much fun and you ended up with some gorgeous paintings! I, like you, am not artistic at all but, I absolutely looove the idea of homemade art too! The hubby and I might just have to try this!
-Linds

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

It came out great! Fun date night!

Ashley
acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

Susannah said...

I want to do this so badly!!!!!!!!!! Your painting turned out great!!! <3

Faith said...

Y'all look like you had so much fun when I watched on Snapchat! We actually just had one opened right down our house and I have wanted to check it out. Hope to get it done soon!

I do not have a crafty bone in my body either, haha. I think your painting turned out so good!

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