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So I did a thing last night! A very brave thing for someone who has zero real art skills! I went to Paint Night at The Fish in Bemus Point, NY. I might be the craft master, but when it comes to painting and drawing, my hand is just too shaky for that! Only girl I know that has worse hand writing than a doctor! I don’t know if it’s nerves from anxiety or all the caffeine I devour daily, but my hands just Shake Shake SHAKE. No such thing as a straight line when I have a paint brush in my hand lol...
Tuesday Paint Night
When I found out The Fish hosts Paint Nights every Tuesday at 6:30pm in the side lawn, I figured I mind as well give the whole Paint Night thing a try since it’s FREE! That’s right, FREE! Just buy your own booze and The Fish will supply the rest. I figured if I sucked THAT bad, I could always quit and hide out at the bar since I invested zero dollars into art supplies.
Info From The Fish
EVERY TUESDAY IN THE SIDE YARD WE HOST A FUN PAINT NIGHT. THIS IS A FREE PUBLIC EVENT AND EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
WE HAVE HIRED A COUPLE LOCAL ARTISTS TO LEAD THE PAINT CLASS EACH WEEK. EVERY TUESDAY THE GIRLS COME UP WITH A NEW PAINTING AND THEY INSTRUCT THE GROUP, STEP BY STEP, ON HOW TO PAINT IT. YOU CAN FOLLOW ALONG EXACTLY OR ADD YOUR OWN LITTLE TWIST OF CREATIVITY.
THERE IS NO SIGN-UP REQUIREMENT. WE START SETTING UP TABLES EARLY AND IT IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. WHEN WE RUN OUT OF TABLES AND CHAIRS, WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE SITTING IN THE YARD, OR ANYWHERE THEY CAN COMFORTABLY FIND A SEAT.
WE HAVE MEMEBERS OF OUR STAFF ON HAND IF ANYONE WANTS TO ORDER FOOD OR DRINKS WHILE THEY PAINT.
Honestly, I ended up having a blast! What I assumed would turn into a big “me making fun of how much I suck” evening wasn’t that at all! While I did poke fun of the fact my flower came out looking like a tree, I was rather impressed with myself. My painting somewhat resembled the sample! The instructor did a good job explaining how to use a paint brush & explained how to mix the paints to make the different colors for those of us that blocked out all high school art classes from our memories.
My biggest worry, that I would be surrounded by art gurus was just that, a worry about nothing! While there were a few Picasso’s in the crowd, most people were like me. There to try something new regardless of their lack of talent! Booze makes everything better, so if you do goof up, there is a drink to help you recover by boosting your confidence ;-)
Would I Go Again?
Heck yeah! Now that I know that the mood of the class is low key, I’m all about going to future Paint Nights. I love no-judgment type things and this was exactly that! I could suck all I wanted and not one person would care or say a word about it!
My friend that joined me for the evening is even debating bringing her third grader next Tuesday since well behaved kids are welcomed with open arms. Me however, I will be leaving my 6 year old at home. She’s definitely not ready to sit through an hour and a half long class. Plus, Paint Night makes a perfect escape from home during summer break. Mama needs a drink with the girls and Paint Night makes the perfect alibi.
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