This has been quite the busy week. We had our menu tasting on Tuesday night, Paint Nite on Wednesday and then of course we had to watch the Warriors game last night. And now it is already Friday. These are my favorite kind of weeks, the ones that just fly by because you are busy having too much fun.
So Wednesday night, the fiance, myself and my soon-to-be in laws went to a Paint Nite. The fiance and I have already done one of these before so we knew what to expect. But for those who don’t know, it is a fun event where you go learn how to paint a specific painting while eating and drinking. Their motto is, “Drink Creatively”. On their website you can choose whatever painting you want to learn. Each painting is given a certain difficulty level and also has a little bio about the artist who will be teaching.
The whole purpose of the night is to have fun while doing something creative. The first time I went, we painted the golden gate bridge at night. It was super fun and actually not as hard as I thought it would be. I am by no means an artist, so I was pretty worried my painting would turn out to be a hot mess. These teachers are really good at breaking it down and helping you create some really nice art.
Most Paint Nite’s are held in some type of restaurant or bar. Ours was held at a pizza place so we got there early to eat first. You can eat while you paint, but I find that messy and once I get started painting I don’t want to stop. After we ate some delicious Hawaiian pizza we got our aprons and picked out some seats next to each other. As part of your ticket you get a blank canvas to paint on, an apron in case you are messy, some paint, 2 brushes, a water cup and a sham wow towel.
Our teacher, who called himself Fuqua, was hilarious. He is not an artist. Just a guy who has attended a few Paint Nite’s, enjoyed the atmosphere so much that he wanted to start teaching them himself. His real name is not Fuqua, he stole it, which was his motto for the evening. Good painters create but great painters steal. He was very adamant about wanting us to use his painting as inspiration but to let our inner rebel come out too and feel free to improvise. No two paintings were going to be exact. If there was something you didn’t want to add to your painting then he said don’t add it. If you wanted to add something extra that wasn’t there then add it. This is your painting and you should leave with something you are completely happy with it.
I loved his philosophy because it really opened me up to being creative. Knowing that I didn’t have to follow the painting exactly only set me up for success. There is no such thing as a mistake. Just art and creativity.
After we got our background colors complete we took a 15 minute break to let that dry before adding more paint on top. Our painting was a beach scene either at night or at sunset. That part was up to you whether you add a moon in the sky or a sun at the horizon. I went with a sunset because it felt more natural with the red and orange colors in the sky. We also had some hills across the horizon and a couple palm trees on the side. I even added a hammock across the trees to add my own little touch to it and the fiance added a fisherman.
Overall, it was a really fun night. I think I had more fun this time than the first time. Probably because I had done it before so this time I knew I could relax and be a little more free with my painting. I am usually the type that always likes to follow the directions, but our teacher kept encouraging us to bring out our inner ‘rebel’ and that is exactly what I tried to do. It also makes it really fun to see how everyone else interpreted the painting. They were all so different. One lady turned her painting into a sort of dessert sand storm, it was amazing. If you ever get the chance to do one of these, I would highly recommend it. They have tickets on Groupon all the time. We even got to paint with our fingers! And who doesn’t love doing that?!