Try New Things: Bringing Out My Inner Artist

***I was invited by my amazing friend, Jessica from Don’t Mind The Mess, to go to The Paint Bar for a free session. Many thanks to her and The Paint Bar for hosting us! All opinions and experiences written here are all my own!***

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***I was invited by my amazing friend, Jessica from Don’t Mind The Mess, to go to The Paint Bar for a free session. Many thanks to her and The Paint Bar for hosting us! All opinions and experiences written here are all my own!***

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The last time I really painted anything was when I was in elementary school. I did a watercolor of fall leaves and it actually was sold to a local McDonald’s chain! I don’t remember what happened to the proceeds, but for a brief moment, I was a paid artist. My brother had a lovely carrot painting, but luckily for us, it never sold and we got to bring it back home. I still think my parents have that painting somewhere.

I have to give a lot of credit to my parents for enrolling us in art class – so un-Asian of them because artists never make money, right? Plus, good Korean children grow up to be doctors, lawyers, and engineers. I remember doing pottery (I mean, REAL pottery with a wheel and kiln and everything!), watercolor, oil painting on canvas, and drawing. My brother and I were probably 6 or 7 at the time. It definitely wasn’t just a bunch of crafts, but an immersion in all mediums of art. It was glorious. It also didn’t last long because tennis, piano, and violin took over our afternoons and evenings.

I have never considered myself artistic in any way and I always feel like a fraud at art museums – actually, art anything. So, I had definite trepidation and skepticism when I walked in to the Paint Bar.

Well, as you can tell from the photos above, I clearly had a great time and ended up with a painting that is actually hanging in my home! We had the BEST teacher. Despite the fact that the painting looked quite difficult, the great step by step instructions allowed me to create a painting – from a blank canvas – that I could be proud of.

I loved loved loved being able to focus and exercise my artistic muscles (that never get exercised!) and try something new! It was a glorious way to spend 2.5 hours with a good friend and to walk away feeling accomplished.

The Paint Bar provides all materials (paint, brushes, canvas, aprons, etc) and also sells wine, beer, sodas, and snacks. You can choose the Newbury Street location or the one in Newton. The studio is bright, cozy, and inspirational. They also do some fun giveaways while you are painting!

If you go to The Paint Bar’s website, you can choose the date and time and also the painting you would like to do. Try them all! The really cool thing about The Paint Bar is they also do other fun projects like canvas bag painting, fall wreaths, and so forth. They also have family days and you can host kids parties there (for kids 8 and up)!

Go sign up, invite me along (I will go with you!), and try something new!

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