Last week my friend Patty invited Mike and I to a "couples night" at Painting With A Twist - an instructional art studio that lets you create your very own masterpiece with the instruction and guidance of a lively instructor. She had seen an advertisement for the "Pride Over Pensacola Beach" piece, and being that we absolutely love our city, I jumped at the chance. The Pride Over Pensacola Beach is a Van Gogh inspired painting that includes two iconic pieces of Pensacola Beach - our beach ball water tower and our beach sign - swirled with a bright rainbow of colors over our sandy white beaches. I checked out the painting, absolutely loved it, and registered Mike and I without a second thought. It was a much needed, long overdue date night.
When we arrived our table was already set up and ready with our canvas, paint, brushes - everything we were going to need. Since this was a couples paint - we got to choose which side we wanted to do. I actually only chose the right side because I wanted a better view of Jaime - the awesomely funny instructor - so that I could get a better shot to Periscope a part of her presentation. That put me in charge of the Pensacola Beach Sign which was a bit intimidating, but they assured me they would help if I needed it.
Once we got settled in and got our aprons on, Jaime did a quick intro and we we ready to roll. Basically the way that it works is your artist goes step by step explaining how to do each part - giving you just a minute or two in between to paint along with her. The atmosphere is totally relaxed and fun, everyone was laughing while jamming out to a pretty eclectic playlist. The instructions are actually super simple, and I was impressed with how easily I was able to follow along. It did not take long for me to realize that while the point of the painting was to be matchy matchy... that was not going to happen in our case. Mike is a blender - I am a dabber.
Every little while you have to take a break to let the paint dry before moving on to the next step. I took this as an opportunity to
grab another drink walk around to see all of the other paintings that are offered at Painting With A Twist. I absolutely MUST go to the Pensacola Wine Glasses one - I was wanting to buy that set right off the wall. I can not think of a more perfect painting for my MoscatoMom office!!!
The entire painting took about three hours - but really we were having so much fun we didn't realize how late it was getting. Several RLI members came that night and it was fun to get to hang with them in a totally different atmosphere outside of work. We took a few breaks, ate some amazing food that Patty brought in, drank a few drinks and just all in all had an absolutely wonderful time. This was Mike and my second time doing a painting date like this, and it made me wonder why in the world we have waited so long. You can bet we will be back regularly now.
Even though Mike is a blender and I am a dabber, I was really happy with how our Pride Over Pensacola Beach painting turned out. In fact I thought all of them were absolutely fantastic. If you are looking for a fun date night, girls night out, or even a team building networking meeting, I highly encourage you to check out Painting With a Twist. It is located right here in Pensacola in the Target shopping center on Bayou Boulevard - across from Cordova Mall. You can check out all of the details as well as their upcoming calendar and register for a painting class right on their website.