Paint Night! Lessons Learned

There are fun events known as paint night in which people who are not artists can learn how to paint a picture while partaking in adult beverages, and having a fun time.  These people are taught by artists how to paint, and the entire experience is a fun way to get a beginning course in painting.  Last year, my wife went to one of these paint nights, and discovered that she has a talent for painting that she can find enjoyment in.  I encouraged my wife to continue painting, even going so far as to buy her an artist kit, including an easel, canvases,paints and more, for Christmas.  I am very proud of the talent my wife has shown in her painting, and admittedly a bit jealous as I have never really had much talent in the visual arts.  As I have said before, I am better at painting my pictures with words as opposed to visually.

Despite the fact that I have never been known to have much artistic talent, my wife convinced me to try out one of these paint nights, telling me that I would have fun and might do better than I thought I would.  Deep down, I have always wished that I could be a decent visual artist as well as writer, so I figured that I would give it a shot.  After all, what’s the worse that could happen?  I could paint an ugly picture and say that it was an abstract painting, right?

And so, we went to a local bar that was hosting one of these events, and I learned how to paint a pretty decent picture.  Despite my reservations, I am very happy with the results of my painting, and more than a little surprised.  I have included a few pictures from the evening so that you can check out my work.  Feel free to give me your thoughts on my painting in the comment section if you feel like it.

Not only did I have a fun time getting a few lessons in painting, but I actually learned a good life lesson during the event as well, which was completely unexpected.  You see, as I was following the step by step instruction for the painting, I would look at the instructor’s painting, look at other people’s paintings, then look at mine and get a little discouraged thinking that I was doing a horrible job at painting.  As I continued painting, I kept seeing all the tiny little mistakes I was making, and thinking that I was failing miserably.  But, you see, when you are painting, one important thing that you need to remember is that you can fix those little mistakes as you go along, or even accept them as an organic part of your painting.  You see, during the whole painting process, I doubted myself and thought I was doing a horrible job only to discover that, when my painting was finished, the end result was pretty good.  Not only did this painting event teach me a thing or two about creating a great picture, but it also taught a few things that I can use in my life as well.  For example, I discovered that I should not doubt myself so much because, in the end, things might just work out fine in the end.  I can apply that lesson in my creative endeavors as well as in my life in general.  On that same note, I learned that I should not spend so much time worrying about the small details, whether it is in painting or in my general life, because everything will come together when you look at the bigger picture.

Ultimately, I thoroughly enjoyed myself during my paint night adventure,  despite my initial reservations.  I had fun painting, I learned a few things, and I think I came out of the experience better off than when I entered.  I highly recommend trying out a paint night for yourself, I’m sure you can find one in your area.  These events are a lot of fun, and you might just surprise yourself with the results.

Special thanks to my lovely wife for dragging me out to our paint night.  I now have a new interest in painting that I plan to continue pursuing.  I am also looking forward to going to more painting events in the future as well.

And now, here is a look at my paint night experience.

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Here is an attempt I made to paint on my own before going to paint night. The painting is supposed to be famed Batman villain The Joker. This did not come out at all like I wanted it too, and it is a good example of my talent level.

Here is the instructor's painting that we were all learned how to paint.
Here is the instructor’s painting that we were all learned how to paint.
Here is an in process picture of my painting.  This was one of the points where I thought I was messing it all up.
Here is an in process picture of my painting. This was one of the points where I thought I was messing it all up.
Here is my finished painting.  I am very happy with it.  What do you think?
Here is my finished painting. I am very happy with it. What do you think?
As you can see, I got almost as much paint on myself as I did on the canvas.
As you can see, I got almost as much paint on myself as I did on the canvas.
Here is my painting again, now on my wall with different lighting.  I still really like it.
Here is my painting again, now on my wall with different lighting. I still really like it.

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