Pinot’s Palette Party!

Last Friday night, we got to celebrate my Aunt Dot’s birthday.  She decided it would be fun to try out Pinot’s Palette for her party.  If you haven’t heard about Pinot’s Palette, it is a venue where you can pay to take a 2 or 3 hour painting class, resulting in a beautiful painting at the end, all while enjoying your favorite drinks (basically an art studio + bar in one!)  Classes cost $35 for weeknights (2 hour classes) and $45 for weekends (3 hour classes).  Which painting is being taught is pre-scheduled and can be signed up for in advance.  Since we were celebrating a birthday party, we chose to have a private party and got to pick out which painting we did.  The painting we chose is called Midnight Moon glow, and is supposed to turn out like this:

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Our party consisted of people with a wide range of both art experience and art interest, and I can say that, while not everyone’s picture turned out just like the painting, no one’s picture turned out badly.  Also, everyone had fun while they were doing it.

Our party was held in the Gasparilla Room, a cute pirate-themed room, where we were allowed to bring our own food and drinks for the event.  Our instructor’s name was Jessica, and she was great at getting us through the steps of the painting, while still making it a very fun and relaxing experience.

Here we are all ready to get started:

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The instruction was given in steps.  We mixed the paint for the background first, applied that, then had snacks/drinks while the background dried.  We then added each layer to the painting – moon, tree, water, until it was finished!  The process was very enjoyable and relaxing, without being too difficult.

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Here’s the finished product – I was very happy with my painting, although I felt like the colors dried darker than I thought they would…I know, I’m picky.

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I would definitely recommend this experience!  I think it is perfect for a girls night, or maybe a date night (if your boyfriend/husband is somewhat artsy, or it’s your turn to pick the date…haha),  It has sparked a painting bug in both myself and my sisters, which I haven’t done much of since high school.  As I have said before, I am easily impressionable and like to pick up new hobbies.

Have any of you guys tried this?  Which paintings did you do?  I had so much fun!

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