I've been to a variety of these "sip and stroke"/"paint and pour"/"drink and dab" things over the years, and although I do have some issues with them, by and large I enjoy the hell out of them (even if it takes all of my willpower not to break my canvas over the "instructor's" head) (okay that was only once)(but seriously: willpower.). Obviously I have the unfair advantage of having already been trained in the fine art of painting (hah!) but I would say my advantage lies not so much in skill as in attitude- I'm not afraid of "doing it wrong", because I know that you literally cannot "do it wrong" as long as you like what you do. And you have a better chance of liking what you do when you let go of the whole "doing it right" thing.
I say that somewhat flippantly, but I do recognize it's not as easy as deciding not to care. Which is why the wine helps. I feel like maybe they should put more emphasis on the drinking, well before the class actually starts. If I was ever going to run one of these, I'd probably do it with hard liquor... "bourbon and brushes"!
|The sad remnants of our cheese plate.|
|Literally my favorite part of my painting. (I was maybe driving the instructor a little crazy with my extremely liberal application of paint and general lack of caring about the lines she'd drawn)|
|My finished product! Transparent petals be damned!|
|We want more wine. And ice cream. Please and thank you.|