I’m not talking about painting your house. I’m talking about one of the newest hot spots for West Bank ladies (and a few gentlemen too) to get together for a few hours and share food, drinks and definitely a few laughs.
Painting With A Twist recently opened in Gretna LA, just a couple of blocks off the West Bank Expressway. One of my friends decided that painting and drinking would be a fun way to spend an evening, so we rounded up a group and headed over there last night.
We all arrived toting trays of goodies to share, bottles of wine and even a few daiquiris. I figured the drinking was so that we wouldn’t cry if we hated our pictures. The entire premise is that anyone can be at least a novice artist. Bring your own snacks, drinks and $35 and Painting With a Twist provides the bottle openers, the cups, the space, the canvas, the paints, the brushes and the most patient instructors you’ll ever meet.
Each night of the week, there are open classes that anyone can attend. 2 hours classes are $35 and 3 hour classes are $45. Walk ins are welcome, but it’s preferred that you either call ahead or sign up online, since there are a minimum of 4 people to hold a class. A different picture is featured each night (see the schedule on their website) for the open classes or you can book a private party for 15 or more people and choose your own painting from a large gallery selection.
If you have company coming to visit over the holidays, wouldn’t this be a fantastic way to get out of the house and spend an evening as a group or a family?
Step by step, we were led through the process of turning a blank canvas into our own little piece of art. Rule number one from our fabulous teacher, Jason, was….relax! It’s supposed to be fun, not stressful and a room full of type A, perfectionist personalities promptly did just that. Music played in the background as we made those first hesitant strokes onto the canvas. I don’t know why we were worried to begin with. If we ran into a little trouble, Jason and another of the resident artists were on hand to help us out, encouraging us to put our own interpretation on the guide pictures we were trying to recreate and giving us how-to tips to fix our little mistakes along the way.
Now, I’m not creative or the least bit artistic by any stretch of the imagination. I can’t even draw a straight line, much less paint a picture, but I’m pretty proud of my first attempt and figure it’s at least a step up from what my mom used to hang on the refrigerator.