My wife Alison, is better at following directions. Her painting turned out just like the instructor’s. I did this X-Wing fighter by following a tutorial by James Gurney on YouTube.
Acrylic on Canvas. 2 Hours. She had 4 mimosas and I almost finished off a diet Coke. Two hours. Brushes in bad condition(loose ferrules) and a six-color limited palette of cheap paint, kind of like Dick Blick pump acrylics.
This was date night and it was kind of fun. I thought I’d be annoyed at a business model that takes my profession that I worked hard to become good at and applied alcohol and hip-hop music to it. But on the whole, it’s designed to enable people to go through step-by-step easy to follow instructions and wind up with a consistent quality piece. This sort of event is for people who don’t think they can paint. But they can drink and loosen up and get over their fear. That’s the important goal, that feeling of success. What they don’t realize is that the steps they are taking are designed for them not to fail. Why would you go pay money to fail at something that’s not your profession? There wasn’t any real risk and most of the important decisions have been taken out of your hands.
You get to go home and feel good. That’s a really smart business model. The place was packed on a Friday night.
Alison is a very creative person, but she has limited experience in painting. Last night was refreshing and stress free.
I’ll have her post some of her own work soon.