Painting with a twist

Friday night Christina and I went to Painting With A Twist.  It’s an art class type place where you can bring wine and snacks.  Although I don’t know how you can eat while painting but some did.  So what you do is go online and check their calendar and pick out a painting you want to paint.  We chose Beach Chairs At Sunset and Friday night.IMG_3481 Each class has a different painting.

You go in and they have a blank canvas, cup with water and the brushes you’ll need, a towel (for wiping brushes) and aprons.IMG_3516
That’s my friend Christina.  They provide electric corkscrews.  Well I’d never used an electric one and my wine bottle was spinning all over the counter!  We drank a bottle of moscato my in-laws gave me for Christmas.  I’d been looking for an occasion to pop the cork!  SO good.  An instructor stands up on a stage in front of the group and paints the same painting you’re painting, step by step.  She calls out steps to you.  So we started with the middle of the canvas.  The sunset. IMG_3518
An instructor stands up on a stage in front of the group and paints the same painting you’re painting, step by step.  She calls out steps to you.  So we started with the middle of the canvas.  The sunset.
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Let me tell you, that white canvas can be intimidating.  That first brush stroke is scary!  But then I got over it and moved on. We mixed our own colors so everyone’s oranges and yellows were slightly different.  Then we moved on to the beach and the water.
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Frankly they should start you out with the hardest parts because by the time we got to the chairs I’d already had 2 glasses of wine! ha!
Next we (THANK GOODNESS) had a stencil for our chairs. IMG_3522
Can you see the white chalk lines?  The chalk brushes off after the painting is dry.  As you can see it was a rough stencil- not very detailed.  But it helped SO much! Then we filled in the stencil and painted the highlights. IMG_3523
  Here we are with our finished masterpieces! IMG_3526
We had the best time and can’t wait to go back!  It was a great way to get my mind off things.  And now we have a painting to go in our beach themed guest bathroom!

Full color creepy

I face paint at festivals and parties on occasion.  Sometimes I need an assistant.  So the other day (could have been a couple weeks ago by now) I was over at my sister Sara’s house.  She volunteered to help me face paint at an upcoming event but she wanted to practice first.  Luckily she has 2 children we can paint.   Someone had a fabulous idea of painting eyes on Jacob’s eyelids.  Then we did the same thing to Gigi.  It was incredibly creepy!!  Like they were watching us with their technicolor eyes!

Mr. Feet for hands and Mrs. Claw with armless deer

I know that art is subjective.  And I shouldn’t mock art, but I just had to show y’all this!  I saw this painting on a wall in a restaurant and had to take a picture of it.  Gigi and I were out to lunch and this was on the wall at our booth.  So odd!  Click to enlarge! Why does the man have a foot for a hand?  How does he shoot his bow & arrows with his foot hands?  How does he put in his giant earrings? Why doesn’t the baby deer have front legs?  Why is the baby deer smiling in his/her sleep in such a creepy manner? Why is the woman sleeping and have claw hands?   Did FootHands shoot her & the armless deer with his arrows?  Has the woman ever put out anyone’s eye with that sharp ass elbow? SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!

There was another painting on the other side of the restaurant that really perplexed us too but I’ll have to get a shot of that next time.  It was a lady kneeling on the ground but they painted her toes hanging from her lady bits!