With a new job comes new benefits. Even though work can be stressful at times, there’s always ways to relieve that stress. The company that I work for provides our staff with the funds to have a work retreat every couple of months. Together as a group, we decide on what activity we want to do and the first retreat that I was a part of was Painting with a Twist. This is something that I had been wanting to do for quite some time but, never got around to doing so. If you haven’t heard, painting with a twist is a new trend where you pay an admission fee to go to a painting studio to paint a piece of art and drink wine/liquor. I love art and I love wine; it’s a win-win situation as far as I’m concerned.
I’m not going to lie, I was nervous walking into the studio. I had no idea how the process worked and while I love art, I’m no where near good enough to free style an entire canvas painting. Luckily, it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. We walked in to some good music playing, finger foods, and our easels were already set up for us. There’s a specific painting for each day and time and the painting is already outlined on the canvas. There’s also an instructor who stands up front on a stage and they actually walk you through the steps of what brushes and colors to use for each section. So, if you haven’t been yet because you’re nervous like I was, don’t worry; there will be plenty of assistance along the way. Also, the studio that I was able to go to was very adamant about taking breaks to walk around the room and help people individually who were struggling. My favorite thing about this place in particular is that the staff was so encouraging and assuring for those who were starting to feel iffy about their painting. No painting is bad, art is art.
As far as the wine/liquor goes, it was BYOB (bring your own bottle). However, we were allowed to bring anything we liked from beer, to wine, to hard liquor. As long as we weren’t belligerent and turning the experience into a negative one, it was all good. I wasn’t as prepared as I wanted to be so I ended up bringing canned wine coolers. Next time I go though, I will be bringing my best bottle of Chardonnay. I plan on going often, especially because I just moved and want to start using some of my own paintings around my place. What’s a greater way to make a place feel like it’s really yours?
If you’ve been thinking about going to a paint and sip or if you’ve never heard of it, I encourage you to go. It’s a fun, relaxing experience and if you go solo, you’re bound to meet some new people. If you have been, share you experience with me and a picture if you have one. Here’s mine!