March 5, 2014

My New Favorite Thing

I first saw that painting parties were a thing a few years ago, but the closest studio was in Georgetown. When asked by my bridesmaids what ideas I had for my bachelorette, I sent them a bunch of links to painting party places but the closest was in Georgetown or York. I didn't expect that we'd end up doing this since those locations aren't exactly close.

To my surprise, my bridesmaids had a lady come out and she helped us to paint a very lovely beach scene. It is typical at these parties to just show up with your booze and snacks. All of the supplies and materials are provided by the instructor/artist. I loved how everyone was painting the same beach scene, but how each looked totally different. I guess you could say this is where my obsession began...

When I found out that Paint in the Hut was opening on Main Street in Ellicott City, I was beyond excited! I was even more excited when I saw a Livingsocial deal for it! I immediately bought two vouchers and unable to convince my husband to go, I went with my mom. By the way, each time I've gone (twice now) there have been guys there. My first time at Paint in the Hut, I attended the class for Kandinsky's Circles. I figured that would be a good one to start with since it's just circles in squares. How hard could that be? I will admit it wasn't as easy as I thought, but that's a good thing! Our instructor painted along with us, helping to guide us each step of the way. She was extremely patient (there were a group of teachers there who were imbibing pitchers of pisco sours and were very rowdy). Again, I really liked how everyone is painting the same thing, but each turn out so unique. You really are free to do what you want, you don't need to follow exactly what the instructor is doing unless you want to. After the class, I went home and was so proud of myself and my painting that I hung it up that night :)

Since that class, I kept telling my husband about much I loved it and how much I wanted to go back. Last week, I saw Paint in the Hut post on their Facebook page that they were having a paint your pet class, a first for them. I'm obsessed with my dog and I'm obsessed with going to these painting parties so it just really made sense that I was most definitely going to sign up for this! When I registered for the class they asked that I submit a picture of my pet and that they would use that picture and sketch it on the canvas. I was very nervous for this class, I mean c'mon it's my dog and I don't want to mess it up. Circles and squares I can handle, but this is next level. I was very thankful that my husband went along for moral support (still couldn't convince him to paint but he did take advantage of BYOB) and a couple we're friends decided to give painting their pet a try too.
The original picture
The sketch
Finished painting
The instructor was different than the one I had previously, but she was equally as patient as the other. She said that this class would definitely be more difficult than the others since everyone was painting a different picture and could therefore not follow what the instructor was painting in the front of the room. I would agree that this was a bit of a challenge and there were "WTF" moments as she called it where I wasn't sure WTF this was going to look like, but in the end it looks awesome and I absolutely love it. I'm convinced that I can now quit my job and become a painter and start a business on Etsy. Kidding... I wish!

If you are looking for something fun and different to do, check out Paint in the Hut! It's BYOB and they also do private parties and events.

1 comment:

  1. Greetings Katie!

    As a small business, it has taken us a while to really start to engage with our social media. So, I am just now seeing this! Thank you so much for your comments and critique. Yes, the pet portrait is a little trickier, but your turned out awesome (but, I am a doxie lover!). Call or text me if you would like to try a different class on the house -- a lot of new paintings coming out next month!


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