Anyone who knows me, knows that my artistic skills are extremely limited. Like REALLY limited. I was good at staying in the lines with a marker or crayon but other than that… and painting? Forget about it! But, for my mom’s birthday, she wanted to do a fun activity (remember we did the pasta making for Mother’s Day last year!) so my sister and I rounded her up and we all headed over to Pinot’s Palette in Glenview, IL. And it was so much fun!
Due to timing, we actually ended up with a really difficult painting (we learned that anything involving people and their limbs – arms or legs – qualifies as difficult!). I had previously done a painting here with work colleagues, but we had an easier floral motif. This one – a woman walking through a rainy street – was MUCH more challenging.
So first, we fortified ourselves with some yummy dinner at Flight across the street!
We highly recommend the scallops and flatbread. Ooh and the cheese tray!
Then we headed over to our painting location to face the creative music.
We started off with blank canvases. And we all hoped it would improve from there!
We started with the woman’s figure in the middle. The hardest part! We all had some struggles with the legs in particular…
Then we moved on to the background.
I think they intentionally kept the background a bit abstract so that we wouldn’t be able to mess it up too much!
Mom ran into a few issues but luckily one of the art experts from Pinot’s Palette was able to help.
Lauren was looking pretty confident! (And rightly so!)
With a little bit of assistance (and thankfully, the ability to paint over mistakes – thank you fast drying paint!), we each had our finished painting!
I think they turned out pretty well! Or at least, better than we all thought they would at the beginning given our limited painting skills!
Overall, this was a really fun activity and even those with limited artistic ability (*me!*) can still participate, have fun and end up with a decent painting afterwards! If you’re in the Glenview area, check out Pinot’s Palette – or if you’re not, I know there are a lot of similar places around the country!