Monday, August 11, 2014

The Beginning

"Veni, vidi, vici" is Latin for "I came, I saw, I conquered".  I guess Julius Caesar said it originally.  Later on, Victor Hugo said "Veni, vidi, vixi" ("I came, I saw, I lived").   Then Bill Murray said "We Came. We saw.  We kicked its ass." in Ghostbusters.

In contrast to these people of greatness, I am simply having some fun and painting some pictures.  I am too lazy to figure out the Latin for "I painted".

A couple of years ago, I was introduced to something called "Wine & Canvas".  You sit with your friends, drink wine, and paint something.  Hello - how fabulous does that sound?  They set you up with everything you need and walk you through the painting.

(photo credit: Wine & Canvas Columbus)

Look how good everyone's paintings turned out!  So much fun.  After that first experience, I was hooked and signed up for several more.

(photo credit: Wine & Canvas Columbus)
(photo credit: Wine & Canvas Columbus)

I also branched out to other events with the same "paint and drink" concept.  They pretty much all do acrylic on canvas, but there was this one watercolor I did with "Colors & Bottles":
mmm, tropical

Maybe next week I could do a run down on the different paint and drink events I've tried and what the little differences between companies are.

Here are a couple where we copied my two favorite artists: Monet and VanGogh.
The goal was VanGogh's sunflowers, but I ended up with Susan's Susans

Monet would not be proud

Once I quit trying to stick to the planned paintings, I had even more fun.
We both went rogue with our owls.  I named mine Butterscotch. (photo credit: The Party Studio)
I went full rogue on this one.  It didn't end up looking anything like what we were supposed to paint.

And then I realized - heck, I can do this at home...

Come back in a few days and I'll start showing you my home brews.

Have you ever gone to a paint and drink type event?  Did you like it?  How did your painting turn out?


  1. Your paintings are awesome. I can't wait to see more.

  2. I love the rogue ones!!! The fuzzy out of focus tree is a really good one. glad you didn't 'stay between the lines'