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Pinot Picasso: A Throwback to Grade 1 But With A Lot More Wine

I never considered myself an artist. I remember the first time I was taught to “paint” in Grade 1 where we were all shown how to draw an animal that represented the alphabet once a week for the entire school year. I have a very strong recollection of when we got to the letter ‘L’; We were instructed to to draw a lion. I was overcome by anxiety and frustration because my neighbor was drawing a beautiful lion and mine looked more like… a scary looking cat. I definitely feel that was a turning point where I truly started to lose my confidence in my abilities to create anything artistic.

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I have always been curious about the wine and paint night trend that has been growing over the last 5 years. Seeing pictures of my friends showing off their awesome work on Instagram I decided that I would try it out as well. My good friend invited me to a paint night at Pinot Picasso and I was hesitant at first. But me being on this whole self discovery journey, I realized it was my chance to step outside my comfort zone and face the fear I have had towards art for a long time.

When I walked into the studio I was greeted right away by a local artist, Pearl Pratley, who is a well known artist in town and was going to be running the painting session. I did not know what to expect but I put all my trust in her to teach me the ways of the brush! The energy in the room was very comforting because everyone that sat behind an easel all expressed that they were unsure of their artistic abilities. However, we were all given a lovely glass of wine that could be refilled upon request to help aid in boosting our artistic confidence and tasty snacks available for when an artist just needed a brain break.

Pearl walked the class step by step through the process of creating a beautiful painting, which I never thought I could create. In the span of 2 hours I learned that spraying your canvas down with water helps with blending acrylics, that texturizing through layering paint is not as hard as it looks, and that wine can go a long way in bringing out your inner picasso… and after all that learning this is what I did!

I am absolutely addicted to this place and try to go at least once a month. After this amazing experience I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening! Keep an eye on Pinot Picasso’s Facebook for upcoming wine and paint night events. But if you just want to paint at your own pace they now have Social Paint Sessions! Pinot Picasso is open all week ready and waiting for when your creative genius wants to get to the drawing board. You can just drop-in whenever they are open, grab a canvas, grab some paint, and enjoy some social time painting whatever comes to your heart!

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