So this will be my first post unrelated to ceramics! As some of you may or may not know, I love to paint, and even have a painting minor! Ceramics and painting are both loves of mine, and I feel as though I am a more well-rounded artist because of how much I practice both of them. Anyway, this past Friday I hosted my first “Wine and Design” night, or painting party at home in New Jersey.
Over the summer I work as a camp counselor and as the Director of Arts & Crafts at a lake by my house, and the Board asked me if I would instruct some people on how to make a painting one night. I have been waiting for this night ever since it was planned! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the “Wine and Design” craze, it’s essentially when a bunch of people get together and drink wine while an instructor helps them all paint the same painting. I have never been to one before, but I’d love to be a participant for once and have a relaxing night.
This night was successful because of the immense planning and preparation I did beforehand. I had to buy a lot of supplies, considering the party was supposed to have 20 people. Well, the party had more! It sold out within 24 hours and I made an exception and allowed 3 more people to sign up, so in total I had to buy enough paint, canvases, brushes, and easels for 23 people. WOW. The cashiers at AC Moore most likely know me by name now.
It was such a fun night, I wish I had taken more pictures. We painted a lake scene with a sunset, inspired by a picture of the lake by my house I took years ago. The ladies did a wonderful job and were having a great time, even if they felt their artistic abilities weren’t up to par! But most of these women have never really painted before, and you’ll see for yourselves their paintings came out amazing. The night was so successful that I’m already in the planning stages for the next one!