Private painting party for 10. Instructors teach paintings through an easy to follow step-by-step process.
These words attracted me to this silent auction item at the recent Mental Health America of Illinois benefit in Chicago. I couldn’t pass it up. Ever since my failed attempt at creating apples that looked like apples (and not flat circles) in a painting class more than forty years ago (Caring Lessons, p. 58), I’ve had a buried need to try again.
So I bid. The following week, I got a call from Mental Health America. I’d won! So I called the artist, Sarah O’Brien, and set a date.
Then I gently begged nine friends to come over. Well, I was not so gentle with the person who’d invited us to the benefit. I’d told her that evening that if I won, she’d have to come.
On the night of the party, Sarah, owner and lead artist of Hues & Booze, arrived at my home with her suitcase of supplies for ten party goers: easels, aprons, table cloths, paints, brushes, canvases for each of us to take home afterwards, and, don’t forget, the wine.
Now, you have to know, we were all novices, so the “easy to follow step-by-step process” lulled us into a silly I-can-do-this mode. And from a variety of choices, such as still life, landscape, and abstract, my friends and I chose to paint an abstract, thinking it would be easiest.
Notice how are our finished paintings were supposed to look. Some of us were more successful than others in following the model! Disclaimer: Sarah said we could do our own thing if we liked.
Enjoy the following slide show. Several of us opted out of trying a second figure. One was hard enough! Note the variations in our figures. Imagine the hoots and howls as we critiqued our fellow artists’ renditions of legs, arms, and other body parts!
Here’s a sampling of what my friends had to say about the party:
“I loved your party–such a fun way to be with friends.”
“Your party was so much fun…Thanks again for a the wonderful evening.”
“I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to thank you for sharing “hues & booze” with me. However, I have been occupied with bidding wars for my paintings since I participated in this class.”
So, thank you, Sarah, for a wonderfully fun and instructive party!
Think of Sarah if you live in the area and want to throw a unique party. You can read more about her at Hues & Booze or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.