goals progress and finger painting

Happy Labor Day! 

I'm sure many of you are enjoying the three day weekend and are probably upset about having to go back to work tomorrow. I, on the other hand, don't have to go back to work tomorrow. Before you get all jealous and stuff, just remember that you A) get a paycheck; B) have a fairly predictable schedule; and C) live within 5-10 minutes of a frozen yogurt shop.

These past few weeks (months? years?) are flying by and have been filled to the brim with activity. (More on the boring life stuff some other time.) In exciting news, last Tuesday  night I crossed off #5 on my 2012 list. 

Earlier this spring, Colleen alerted me to a Groupon for something called Wine and Canvas. They describe it as a painting class with cocktails. Yes and yes! I immediately scooped up two seats, knowing that it would be a great girl date for my (former) work-life partner and me. 

The class last Tuesday worked with both of our schedules and was a painting that we both wanted to paint. It was a take off of Van Gogh's Sunflowers- for whatever reason they don't paint them exactly like the actual painting, probably to make it easier for everyone. 
 the original (source)
the artist's rendering (source)
Our class was at Mozza Mia on 50th and France and they had everything set up in the party room. I took this picture early on before all the seats were filled but I think by the time the class started, only a few chairs were empty.

Each class is led by an artist/instructor who guides you through the steps of creating your own masterpiece. They provide you with all of the materials that you need (canvas, brushes and paint) and also give you an apron to wear.
the aprons were freakishly long
Colleen and I didn't waste any time ordering something to get our creative juices flowing. 

The instructor walked us through step-by-step about how to place the vase and the table. It was pretty much like a big game of  "connect the dots."

Then we moved on to filling everything in and he gave us pointers on what brushes and colors to use, as well as different techniques to achieve dimension and color variations.

We took a short break to let the wall and table portion of our canvas dry before we began adding flowers. We plotted out each flower location with dots and then began painting in flowers. I got pretty into it at that point and stopped taking pictures. (Luckily they had a staff person walking around with a camera and I lifted these off their Facebook page. )

colleen and I are immediately to the right of this woman. see us in the background?
i love wine painting!

i may have embarrassed colleen a few times with my exuberant shouting

Perfectionists Some people wanted a lot of instruction and would wait for him to tell them what to do next. I was content to mix colors and paint away. At one point I began using my fingers to blend colors together and that opened up a whole new world. 

almost done

The instructor was super helpful and encouraging all throughout class. He would say things like This is Impressionism, people. Yours should not look like your neighbors. And it was true, everyone's painting looked different. 

I think I said (shouted?) This is so much fun! at least ten times. I can't wait to pick another event and continue to add to my collection.


  1. This looks SO fun! I love, love the pic at the end of everyone's paintings all together.

    Miss seeing you around!


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