|Van Gogh's Irises|
A different type of night out with some colleagues brought me to The Paint Bar in Newton. I was a little skeptical to be honest. When the event was put together I thought… “I am appalling at any type of art, why one earth would I want to embarrass myself in front of colleagues and strangers with my lack of artistic ability?” Once I was told I could also drink wine, I was in.
The Paint Bar in Newton was one of the first and now there are a number of these new and different event places that mingles fun and art while having a glass of wine and perhaps leaving with a masterpiece.
Going in I still had absolutely no idea what to expect and was a little nervous. Located on Washington Street in Newton this little shop fronted space opens into a large open studio with rows of tables set up with small easels and a little, very well stocked wine bar in the center.
|The Paint Bar Studio|
Our group of nine were the last to join the other wannabe painters already there and were seated towards the back in front smallish canvasses with a selection of paint brushes ready to be used.
The host and obvious from the artwork around the walls, talented artist, Jackie was a funny and very engaging, entertaining teacher. When she first showed us what we were going to paint I almost ran back out the door but I had already ordered a glass of wine so thought I would stay a while. Either way, whatever I created, it was going to be a giggle. Perhaps not to Van Gogh himself :).
Jackie talked us through the process step by detailed step of how to recreate Van Gogh’s Irises. Her easy going teaching style even made learning about the different brushes fun – as simple as Big Brush, Medium Brush, Baby Brush etc. and that is exactly how simple her instructions were to do the painting itself.
|My Van Gogh's Irises|
Soon after we were all painting our backgrounds of Van Gogh’s Irises while laughing and chatting and checking out each other’s recreations. This was all done to pop, sing-along music.
During a short break to let the paintings dry a little, we enjoyed some order-in pizza and watched Jackie’s mother doing Gangun Style (seriously) down the center of the studio along with some other painters. This all added to the fun of the evening.
|Our many recreations of Van Gogh's Irises|
We started with the foreground of stems and flowers. Finishing detailed touches ended our individual recreations, which we held up and showcased to the room.
The Paint Bar is a brilliant evening for a birthday, work outing, friend’s night out or even a date. I honestly believe you need no skill whatsoever, I certainly do not, or you can have some sort of artistic ability and will still have a good time.
I have to say, I had an absolute blast, felt no embarrassment or shame about my abilities and am even a little proud of my artwork. Who knew I could paint. It’s no sellable masterpiece but it is my first masterpiece and will likely have pride of place somewhere in my office or home where I can say to people… “I painted that!”