Since I was a kid, I’ve told myself that I am not very creative and I’m ‘rubbish at arty stuff’. But over the last year or so, I’ve been strangely attracted to arts and crafts type things.
When I saw that local company We Love Art were offering the chance to paint a masterpiece and drink wine at the same time, well I was practically jumping for joy.
Seeing all the easels lined-up when I arrived, I started to panic that maybe I was far too much of a beginner to do this class. But I wasn’t the only person there who hadn’t picked up a paintbrush in more than 15 years, which made me feel much better!
Denise had already sketched the outline of Dali’s 1931 masterpiece ‘The Persistence of Memory’ onto the canvas, our job was to paint it.
I won’t lie, as an absolute beginner, it was tough going. I had never so much as held a palette full of paint before, so mixing the colours, blending everything in and even rinsing out the brushes, took me a while to get to grips with.
It was a strangely intense evening, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I did feel a little rushed towards the end, but I’m happy that I finished my masterpiece in just over three hours. I’m hoping to attend the next event in September and I’m sure that I’ll be that little bit quicker now that I’ve got the basics down.
Denise really couldn’t have been more helpful. Not only did she talk us through each section of the painting, she also walked around the room, seeing how we were getting on and giving extra help to those that needed it.
Most of the people there, copied (as much as we could) Dali’s work, but others added in their own interpretations as well, which I hope I’ll be able to do once I’m a little more experienced. My tree does have an extra little branch, which wasn’t quite intentional but ultimately I’m absolutely chuffed with it.
I would never have thought I could do something like that in just a few hours. AND I didn’t even have to leave my seat to get wine!
I came away feeling really rather of proud of myself, relaxed and inspired. Which is pretty good for an evenings activity.
Monthly Wine and Painting Nights 369AED