I found a place called Painting With a Twist in St. Pete that seemed right up my alley. You go there, pay a small fee, and they provide you with a canvas, paints, brushes, and instruction. You leave with a great painting and the feeling of accomplishment! The "twist" in the shop is that you can bring your own wine/beer/drink of choice to enjoy while painting. It's all very relaxed and very me!
So, in order for me to get into a class, I had to figure out which painting I wanted to complete, since you choose the class based on the painting being taught. I chose Maui Chris since it would make a great Father's Day gift for Dad. However, I wanted to see if I could make the dog a black lab, since that's the kind of dog we have.
When I got to the shop, I settled in and we got right to work. Since it was an afternoon class (and I didn't know what I was in for!) I chose NOT to bring any beverages. I also spoke to the wonderful teacher, Emily, and she helped me create a black lab instead of a mutt.
Here are some pictures, which come from their Facebook page:
Here I am with my two table mates for the day. They got a deal from Groupon *note to self, check for deals here! I could get into serious trouble at this paint store!*
He's coming along well!
Seriously, could this not be more my father!? It looks like a complete mix of Abby and Dad! I think he'll love it!
I coerced Katie into joining me for a class, and we went over the Bay once again tonight to paint Irises. I think we have a painting convert!
I totally recommend going to one of these classes! To quote my friend Melody, even "if talent is air, and you live in a vacuum" you can feel like an artist at these classes!