"We're Going to Paint Nite, We're Gonna Paint it Right"
Anyone else familiar with the "Steak Night" song from Scrubs? It's one of my favorite things about the show.
Sadly, this post is not related to steak. It's okay, you can leave now.
However, I did sing the "Steak Night" song but changed a few words when my cousin N invited me to join her at Paint Nite DC!
We're going to Paint Nite We're going to paint it right Paint is such a treat It is the world's best feat!
Okay, it doesn't have the same ring, but just go with it.
And I may or may not have pulled the same dance moves as JD and Turk.
Anyway, back to the topic. Paint Nite is basically what it sounds like: get together with your friends and get your paint on! Food and drink are not included, but you are welcome to imbibe. We chose a Sunday afternoon at Famous Dave's to draw what I call "Glow Bugs" and we picked this one specifically for the lightning bugs. You'll see the importance of this fact later in the post.
This is what we chose to paint.
N and I arrived early to grab a few good spots. We chose the end of the table near the front so we could see the display photo and hear our instructor. He was super nice but unfortunately was without an assistant, so it took a little longer to get set up. We were handed an apron and a canvas and each space on the table had paper plates and brushes.
We started by "painting" the canvas with water so that it doesn't completely soak up all the paint. We then started with a base color of blue and white, which made a pretty cool ombre effect on my canvas.
As we continued on to draw in the landscape and trees, I was a little nervous at how this would all turn out. I may be a creative person but painting is so not my forte. Usually my works of art look like a 3 year old's finger painting (and that's me being nice to myself, haha). But as we went on, I was starting to like what I made. It was me. It wasn't perfect and it didn't have to be.
Once we finished the final touches of the trees, that was it. Really? It was about 2 minutes until the end of class and there were NO glow bugs. So basically our artwork looked dark and dreary. We joked that somewhere in there are dead bodies or zombies about to break out. I got pretty upset that the instructor wasn't going to let us paint the glow bugs so I raised my hand and asked him privately in my innocent, dumb voice "Um... aren't we supposed to be painting lightning bugs?" He explained that there just wasn't time, but offered to give me some paint and a brush and just go nuts. So I did.
Soon, the other students caught on and some of them drew in their glow bugs as well. I mean come on, that's why I picked this class! If I knew we were going to end up painting dead looking trees, I would've selected another class.
Can you spot the bunny?
I was definitely happy with how this turned out and I'm tickled that I managed to paint something and have it look decent! Thank you N for inviting me along. It was not only fun to get artsy but a good bonding exercise with your best sister-cousin!
Have you ever done a paint party with your friends? I know there are some where wine is involved!!