Blush N Brush

8 08 2011

How was your weekend friends? Did you sign up for any races? I didn’t, but I did spend some time in Florida with this guy:

The best part about the visit? (Well, besides seeing my boyfriend) I didn’t pay for it! I had enough credit card reward points to pay my way. Yay! And, speaking of deals, I cashed in on another deal on Friday before I left!

Back in February, I purchased a Living Social voucher for Blush N Brush. Blush N Brush is a group painting class that allows you to bring your own wine and snacks. Pretty cool right? I had heard good things about it from a friend, so when I saw the deal, I jumped on it.

The deal expires soon, so my friend Ann and I signed up for a Friday night class.

We brought our wine:

and some snacks:

Roasted eggplant and feta dip with pita (recipe to come soon!)

Since we arrived early (as suggested on the website), we were able to get settled, pour ourselves a glass of wine, and munch on our snack, before the teacher started the class.

A few minutes after 7, the class started. The instructor explained that we should just relax while we worked, and she said that the best paintings happen when you are having fun. So, just have a little fun with it!

Here’s the painting we were trying to replicate:

I love that this was the painting we were were working on. Anything ocean/beach related definitely has my name written all over it.

We started working from back to front, on the sky, then water, and then the hut. Despite feeling a little rushed at some points (we did only have two hours to do this!), things were going pretty well at the half way point.

Well, when we moved on to the hut, things got tough. There were lots of new colors to mix, a lot of fine details, and the teacher was going pretty fast through the steps. I took FOREVER to mix my colors (I didn’t fail art class when I was younger, I promise!), but by the time I finally got the color I wanted, she was on the next step. I started to get frustrated, because I didn’t like the way things were looking on my canvas. I am TERRIBLE at shading and creating shadows. I contemplated stopping several times, but I’m no quitter! But, I think I’ll stick to cake decorating in the future, which I find therapeutic, not stressful.

After relaxing and just trying not to stress about all the details, I was able to complete the hut to my satisfaction. I put my paint brush down and decided I was finished. And actually, it didn’t look as bad as I thought.

All in all, it was a good experience. I’m glad I did it, but I’m not sure that I would pay full price to do it again. I sort of wish they had a “difficulty scale” when they advertise the paintings, because this was quite challenging, and little above my frustration level. I didn’t give up, but I was definitely not enjoying myself as much as I could have. I think I also just need to remember to JUST HAVE FUN! It’s not like my livelihood depends on my artwork!

Question of the day: Have you ever taken a painting class? What did you paint?



8 responses

8 08 2011

That looks so fun! I’m not so artistically inclined, so I’d love to do something like that with instruction. Your painting looks beautiful. I’m with you on anything ocean/beach related.

8 08 2011

Thanks Carrie! It was lots of fun!

8 08 2011

This class looks like it was so much fun. My painting would not have looked anything like that because I suck at art.

8 08 2011

Haha I’m sure it would look great! I think you’d surprise yourself!

8 08 2011
Tara Molles

Oh my gosh. I took an oil painting class in college and thought that it would be so much fun to be the next Monet. Not so much. I had a HORRIBLE time with shading as well. I think if I were to do it all over again, it may be a tad easier as I have a better understanding of light direction, etc. However, I CAN say that I am much better at recreating a scene via camera lens than paintbrush. Your painting looks amazing. I have so much fun reading about your endeavors!

8 08 2011

I’m sure the creative talent in your genes would take you far in your pursuit of paining, as it has in your fantastic photography!!

8 08 2011

I took some oil painting classes back in the late 70’s early 80’s. Loved it. Next time you’re here I’ll show some to you. A couple years ago I took a water color painting class at night with Donna Molles. Really enjoyed it. You should try water colors next. Think you might find it less stressful.

8 08 2011

Thanks Aunt Jean! I’d love to see them! I’ll look for a water colors class!

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