It is no secret that most parents do not get out much. Once we tuck our littles into bed there are dishes to wash, piles of laundry to fold, and meals to prep. Plus, my couch looks pretty inviting after a long day of chasing kids around, and my tv’s “come hither” look almost always wins me over.
Last week, I decided enough was enough and agreed to leave the house in order to join 12 friends at a local bar and…paint.
To be clear, I’m NOT an artist. My drawing skills peaked in the second grade and have taken a slow and painful nosedive ever since. The idea of paying money to do something that I am very aware that I suck at almost became an excuse for me to back out. BUT when I saw that the location was a local watering hole, I reconsidered. While I may not be an artist… I can certainly drink a beer. I can drink a beer real nice.
That is how I came to experience my first Paint Nite.
In a nutshell, Paint Nite is socializing, painting, and drinking all at the same time and over the course of about 2-3 hours. A local artist leads your group through each step of the piece that you are painting at a nice easy pace so that those who are less artistically inclined can have time to remember which colours blended together make purple. There are finished pieces scattered around the room as well as projected onto the tv screens so that those who have a flair for the arts can go at their own pace if they choose.
I entered into the experience feeling skeptical that I would have anxiety about my finished piece, and I really didn’t want to leave with a painting that I hated. After our facilitator made us all promise not to compare our work to others, and reminded us that this was all in good fun, the night just kept getting better and better. That is not to say that there weren’t some self deprecating statements being thrown around, but the cocktails made up for what we lacked in confidence.
Overall, my experience at Paint Nite was absolutely fantastic. I let go of the idea of perfection and ended up with a painting that I am surprisingly VERY proud of. I embraced the difficult challenge (for me) of trying something new and left knowing I would attend a Paint Nite again in the not-so-distant future. And finally, I left my mom guilt at home and enjoyed every minute with the beautiful women I had the pleasure of spending the evening with.
If you are a southern Saskatchewan resident, or if you will be visiting southern Saskatchewan and are interested in attending a Paint Nite event, the generous folks at Paint Nite Regina are giving Like Mother Like Daughter readers 30% off the regular price of Paint Nite admittance! Simply use the code LIKEMOTHER.
If you are interested in attending a Paint Nite in your area, check out their website for a list of local events.
Finally, Paint Nite Regina has generously offered to give away 2 free tickets to a PAINT NITE event! For your chance to win, simply comment below with who you would take to this fantastic night out!! The contest will run from now until September 30th. One entry per person. Good luck everyone!
Cheers, and may you have a night of #drinkingcreatively soon!