Thursday, September 12, 2013

{painting with a twist}

Have you ever been to Painting With A Twist? It's a BYOB painting class. You bring dinner, wine, & your friends {or just yourself} & they supply the paint & canvas. Million dollar idea, I tell ya.

I've been twice in the past two weeks.

My cousin Lindsey & her friend Avery invited me to go with them last Wednesday. We painted the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is just a stunner in person. When I walked in & saw the teacher's finished painting...I had my doubts.  Because I may be creative according to photography, design, & singing standards...but I can't paint. AT ALL. It looked so complicated & advanced! But luckily the teacher drew the most important lines on the canvas to get us going & walked us through.

Here are our finished masterpieces!

Pretty good, right? I have to say...I was impressed by all of ours!  Lindsey always says she doesn't have a creative bone in her body. I don't believe her ;)  I love how we all painted the same thing, but there are such differences in the way we executed it. As you can see, my water is much smoother that Lindsey & Avery's, who went with harsher brush strokes,...but they all look just as great!

On Sunday night I went again with my long-time BFF Kiera. I have a thing for Paris & a thing for autumn, so for the class to be named "Paris in the Fall" was a little bit like fate.

Here's the before & after!

^^We didn't have any pencil lines to help us this time!

I'm even happier with this one! I may even hang it up.

Kiera took progression photos the entire time. Let me explain something about Kiera. The girl is an ARTIST. She's always had the natural ability that I lack entirely. She was painting away & the teacher actually stopped & asked, "You know your way around a paint brush, don't you?" Uh, yeah.

These classes were the most fun I've had in a while. It's equal parts relaxing & stressful {because, as Lindsey pointed out, you go home with YOUR you want it to look good}. Sometimes you just want to do something that requires all of your focus so you can't think about anything else going on in your life. These six hours totally did that for me. I can't wait to do another one!

Check out the website to see if there's one in your area.

**Not a sponsored post; just sharing the love!

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