What is one thing that that you look forward to doing when you are extremely stressed out? A night out with friends, a day of being a couch potato in front of the television and doing nothing, a date night or even a good night’s sleep in your warm cozy bed. These are all ways of bringing those stress levels down. I have one more to add to the list. Pick up a paint brush and let it talk with the canvas! I have made this statement earlier, but I’d like to state it again. Painting is my way of relieving stress. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t always paint when I am stressed out. I paint when I am extremely happy too. In fact, I don’t need a reason to pick up a paint brush and sit in front of the canvas. But off late, I do not get a lot of time to paint. With a full time job and a hyper infant at home, its like I am working two shifts with very little “me” time. So when a bunch of us friends signed up for a Groupon deal for a paint night with Vino Artist, I started looking forward to it. Only two of us eventually made it for the night out, but the 3 hours and one beautiful painting later, I felt happy and relaxed! The kind of happiness that brought my stress levels down and was a lot of fun 🙂
Vino Artist Studios in San Jose offer paint nights with wine and snacks and is a great way to hang out with friends while letting your paint brush and canvas do the talking. No experience is necessary. We arrived at the studios on a Friday night. Our instructor Erica was amazing. She was patient, allowed for plenty of time before moving on to next steps and also helped rectify your painting if you weren’t happy with a couple of those strokes. And she had a great sense of humor.
Here’s the piece that I ended up painting. I did make a few improvements once I got back home since I wanted to smooth out the branches.
And that’s us posing with our masterpieces 🙂
And one more picture of the painting in a different light! The colors look so different with yellow lighting in the background.
If you are looking for a place to hang out with friends and come home with beautiful paintings, sign up for a paint night! I bet you will like it 🙂
I am not planning to put too many words to this entry. One more of my paintings that I created following Donna Dewberry’s “Landscape Painting”.
Views and suggestions for improvement are more than welcome 🙂