Over the weekend, I attended a fairly non-traditional baby shower. Instead of sitting around talking about the upcoming munchkin and opening presents, we all painted instead! Wine and Canvas is a company that pairs artists with groups of average folk and teaches them how to paint a specific painting, step by step. Usually, you go to a set location (restaurant, bar, club, etc), but they also do private parties, which is what happened this weekend.
This is the painting that we were supposed to paint:
It was set up at the front of the room, and our artist (Gene, I think his name was. I am terrible with names, but he was super nice!) painted a new one, along with us . When I first saw the painting, I was 100% convinced that mine would look nothing like it, and that it would not even be recognizable. I have NO artistic ability, whatsoever. It's embarrassing, really. But! After a few hours (with a decent break in the middle for dinner and more alcohol), I ended up with this:
Far from perfect, but I kinda like it. And I really liked the whole experience - so much so that I convinced my husband that we need to do one for a date night. There are a bunch scheduled in our area, so I'm sure we can find one that we want to do. They even post the paintings on their website, so if there's a painting you particularly want to do, you can choose that one!
I will never be a "real" artist, but I can see myself doing this kind of thing a few more times, just for fun. It's neat to see how it all comes together in the end. Plus, there's wine involved!