Here we are pre-class. I tried a new moscato that I liked a lot. We picked it up after a wine tasting at Pour Vous in Hendersonville. It was a cool store & I highly recommend it. I can't remember the specific wine name, but I'd recognize the bottle. When I figure it out, I'll post it to my blog.
After our wine purchase, we enjoyed a lovely dinner at Macaroni Grill. I had the shrimp portofino and was thrilled with it. I forgot to take a picture of it because I was starving. Sorry!
Bellies full and wine in hand, we headed over to the Dabble studio. Everything was set up for us - canvases with sketch in place, paint, aprons, buckets of ice for our wine, etc. I'm glad we got there early because it meant we sat next to each other rather than across from each other.
There was finished artwork hung around the studio. I saw several pieces that I'd like to try to paint.
I forgot to take pics of my beginning strokes because I was so focused. The teacher had us mix our own paints, so that was an added challenge. She also taught us the uses of our different brushes and how to create a sense of perspective and movement in our pieces.
Here's my painting and my 'palettes' midway through the project. I enjoyed the teacher and her style, but this class required more concentration and technique than I would've expected at a beginner class. The fella and I didn't talk much as we worked because we were so engrossed in the process. There were several steps to each part of the painting, and I honestly worried it wouldn't come together right by the end of the night.
Here's the fella hard at work. (Of course, I would've killed him if he'd tried to get a sideways shot of me. Double standard, right? Lol!)
Here are our almost finished canvases side by side. Notice our colors and brush stroke style are pretty different. It just goes to show that even guided artwork is individual to each artist.
And here we are with our 'masterpieces!' I'm ridiculously proud of my finished work. It's the first time I've tried anything with painting, and I def want to do more. I'm excited about the prospect of taking another class and experimenting some on my own too.
Did you do anything crafty this weekend? I'd love to hear about it. :)