Well, we did it. Lauren and I were finally able to go through with our plans to attend a 'Painting with a Twist' class and we had a great time! Deciding on which painting class we wanted to attend was basically a no-brainier. As soon as I laid eyes on the jelly fish painting and showed Lauren, we both knew we had to do it. I was a little worried about the scheduling since I had to work until 6:00 that evening and traffic is usually a nightmare, but it wasn't bad since it was a Saturday. I can't stand being in a rush.
The studio we visited was delightful, as were the people who work there. We definitely didn't waste any time popping the corks from our wine bottles and breaking out the array of delicious snacks that Lauren brought for us to share after we got settled in. Smoked gruyere, prosciutto, pancetta and grapes. You can tell that Europe rubbed off on her while she was living in Germany, which isn't a bad thing since I reap the benefits too! She also introduced me to a new moscato and I've been hooked ever since. It isn't European, but it is yummy (and inexpensive). It's put out by The Naked Grape. If you haven't tried it, you really should.
Once I had some wine in my system, my inner artist started to come out. Okay, not really. But I'm fully convinced that it helped a little. The instructor went through each step of the painting with us and we took a handful of breaks within the 3 hours we were there. At first, I was afraid that my painting wasn't going to turn out very well, but my fears were soon silenced as the colors started to unfold on my canvas. Each layer welcomed a new scene and once it was complete, I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. The class actually finished before the 3 hours were up, so we headed to Chili's afterwards for dessert.
I'm glad that I can mark this off of my dream list now! It was such a fun experience and I'm really looking forward to going back soon. And by soon, I mean before August comes to an end. I already have plans to go back with my friend, Melissa. I would highly recommend taking one of these classes if there's a studio near you. It's totally worth the money.