Last night BP (Butter and Pickle/@butterandpickle aka my boyfriend) and I went to Paint Nite at Pappas Grill on the Danforth. It was fun for me, but maybe not so fun for him.
We had gone to dinner – or rather our lunch (my eating schedule is out of wack on weekends) at the Diner’s Thai and had a quick dessert date at Caffé Demetré.
The Paint Nite e-mail had said to come at 6:45PM (starts “promptly” at 7PM) but you know, you always have these keeners who come in way earlier and by the time we got there, all the good seats were taken. So we had to sit facing away from the instructor. While I thought it would be an issue, you actually didn’t have to look at your instructor for very long so turning our bodies/craning our necks the other way didn’t bother either of us too much.
You’re given a canvas, some paint and two paintbrushes. Oh, and a cup of water for cleaning your brushes. (not pictured)
And an apron as to not dirty your clothes. Sort of. It did not account for the tiny space. Elbows everywhere! Accidents can happen…
So how it works is – you come in, order a drink, and follow your instructor. You have 2 hours to finish your painting.
She gave us step by step directions on how to paint her painting (the one you chose upon signing up). Alternatively, you could paint your own. There were some people in the group who drew entirely different things. As pictured above, BP was following instructions on creating the sky. (For now)
Pro: it’s a great venue for dates early in the relationship. You know, those dates that are nerve-wracking, both parties are nervous, and even though you don’t want to do whatever crazy thing the other person came up with, you’re trying to get into the other person’s pants, so you don’t complain and go anyway. Good luck trying this after 4 months of dating though… Unless a) the other person is actually interested or b) you wear the pants in the relationship or c) the other person is just nice (which is my case).
Con: We were crammed so close to each other, I had to place my drink on my lap so paint wouldn’t get into it. BLEH.
Here are our masterpieces…
This is my painting where I followed the instructions somewhat closely. “Fireflies”
BP’s art work – try to guess what he’s trying to convey.
At the end of the day, we would not go back there because we can just stay home, bring out my canvases and have beer while we paint. Which BP, surprisingly, was very open to. He said he loses interest pretty quickly when you’re in a setting where people try to give you instruction.
But it was definitely a fun experience (for crafty types) or people who are just willing to try something new 🙂
For those interested in Paint Nite, you’re in luck because there are places all over North America.
Website: Paint Nite.com
Try to get it while it’s available via Groupon or something similar to that for $25.
Otherwise, each Paint Nite ticket will set you back $45CAD +tax.