Monday, April 16, 2012
Sips n Strokes - A Pictures Worth a 1000 Words
When a friend of mine mentioned that she and another woman had been attending "paint parties." I had to admit I was intriqued, but I really had no idea how it all worked.
Yesterday, I got to find out.
We traveled to Sandy Springs to a place called "Sip n Strokes" located in a shopping center that is home to a Kroger and a lot of upper-end retail stores and restaurants.
The art studio (I guess you call it that) was divided into two different rooms with a kind of lobby area in the middle. Since we were a small class (about 15 or so) we were ushered into the smaller room. Each of us took a place at a table where small easels were set up, and after you pay we were given a canvas and a small piece of cardboard to squirt your paint on.
The idea is that an instructor then leads the group through painting a picture of....something. Each class apparently is different. Our class was painting a spring flower scene. As you can see - what you end up with is purely based on your own interpretation.
The biggest question, of course, is...."Did I enjoy it?" Yes. Do I like my painting?....Well.....it's okay - but I think I could have done better. You just feel so rushed and the instructor keeps telling you that you can fix your mistakes later on, but you really don't have enough time to stop and start over.
I also think that it would help if they let you pick your own brushes. I wasn't happy with my "small round brush." I noticed everyone else's brush sort of had a point on the end of it and mine was bushy, indicating to me....at least....that I needed a new one. It made highlighting around the flowers hard as I often ended up with much broader strokes of paint than were intended.
In the end, however, I did come home with a painting - made by me - and I guess that's the point. Would I go again? Yes. I actually even saw some future paintings I wouldn't mind doing.
As for which painting is mine? Well...take a guess and I'll tell you if you are right! :-)