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Jul 12, 2016

The Paint Place: An Artist is Born

I need to begin this post with a full disclosure. I am not artistic. If you’ve ever played a game of Pictionary with me, you know this to be true. (…)

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Paint Place_I need to begin this post with a full disclosure. I am not artistic. If you’ve ever played a game of Pictionary with me, you know this to be true. I greatly admire people that can create a drawing, painting, or sculpture. That’s just not my skill set and that’s okay. I heard about the whole paint and sip phenomenon, ladies (and gentleman!) coming together to recreate famous paintings while drinking their way through a big bottle of vino. I automatically took myself out of that game. However as I saw more and more people (including my 12 year old niece) display their canvases of Monet, Van Gogh, and others my interest to give it a whirl peaked.

PaintPlace-12Lucky for me, Marielle (you know her, our fabulous photographer) and I were invited to enjoy The Paint Place for a night of of drinking (which btw is a great skill of mine) and painting. Our theme for the evening, Monet’s Bridge over Water Lilies. Here is our colorful tale.

PaintPlace-9So first and foremost I feel compelled to let people know that you’ve got to bring your own wine, beer, iced coffee, whatever. I foolishly assumed that libations were provided. It was okay, I ran over to Grand Liquors and grabbed a bottle of rosé and pinot grigio, all was well. Just make sure you bring your own beverage.

PaintPlace-4Our instructor for the evening was Dan, a patient instructor willing to repeat instructions, check our work and make suggestions if prompted, and encouraged everyone in the room to have fun. He set a great mood of no pressure.

PaintPlace-15Over the course of the class we slowly built our bridge. Mixing colors, layering each piece. Sometimes it was hard to see the final picture but Dan continued to assure us that all would be reveled!

PaintPlace-16As I sat next to Marielle, I would get distressed comparing my canvas to hers, but then I looked around and noticed that everyone approached the same picture a little differently, a little uniquely. I decided to gulp down a big glass of our wine, and allowed myself to believe that I had some deep artistry inside myself.

PaintPlace-19I am insanely proud of my painting and I can’t wait to go back and continue to flex my tiny artistic muscles. If you are looking for a fun activity to do for date night, girls night, an evening out with Mom/Dad/Mother-in-Law, or even a solitary pursuit, The Paint Place is a great pick.

P.S. If you’re interested in taking a class at The Paint Place, make sure you take advantage of our We Heart Astoria deal.

The Paint Place (31-21 31st Street, Astoria)(929-522-0086)
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About Emily Rios

Emily Rios manages special events, sponsored content and advertising clients as WHA's Business Development Director. She is a passionate and dedicated youth developer with a strong background in non-profit management, and works as Senior Manager of Youth Leadership at generationOn.

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