Bucket List Check | 80. Paint with Wine Session

It seems this artistic activity has taken off with popularity within the past couple of years. We wanted to experience it for ourselves of course. So, off to Painting with a Twist we went! We loaded up our hand-painted glasses from a Groupon last year and set off on our starry adventure.

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I had a moment with the driver next to us and my wine glasses. Sometimes I do weird things without even realizing it. I definitely tried putting the base of the glass in my mouth in its entirety. I make bird bites so I knew it wasn’t going to happen. I looked over and she is laughing hard at me. So of course I laugh and then when I tell my oblivious husband, he starts laughing… We’ll just call that my moment for the day. Already a few hours earlier, I fell into the glass wall of a restaurant we left while on my bike. Classic clumsy Sami.


I was slightly nervous because I have a very nonexistent artistic ability. However, I knew there had to be a catch. There had to be a reason for everyone leaving with a great finishing product. I feel of course anyone can paint a beautiful piece if they set their mind to it whether they are an artist or not, but still. I feel like maybe my chance of creating a piece that didn’t look like a three-year old’s portrait was slim.


Turns out, everything is pretty much set up and laid out for you. On arrival, you had a blank canvas on an easel and a fancy paper plate pallet of colors neatly set up at your spot. It was just so lovely.

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I was nervous my picture wouldn’t come out anywhere near the actual painting but I actually did it! I was very excited about this aspect. It was so easy and enjoyable. My cold kind of got the best of me like last weekend but I still had so much fun sipping on wine with my love and letting the brush move in its own way.


Hubby was loud as usual and wasn’t ashamed (that was before the wine) and everyone around us loved him. He was even connecting on the guy across from him by belting Bohemian Rhapsody. It was blissful watching them chuckle around us because of him. Everyone created a beautiful piece and I was glad to be surrounded by a bunch of genuinely nice and adventurous people.


It was as easy as painting by numbers though. The instructor explains every brush stroke. Ours consisted of a lot of dotting and swirls. We severely appreciated this piece because it was very Van Gogh-esque although it was really “Starry Night at the Swamp”. He is hubby’s favorite artist so there was no way we would miss this night.

I loved the quotes flying around the room throughout the paint session. I kept hearing something along the lines of “paint is alive; you have to let it do what it is going to do on its own”. I love that because it’s a motto all my artistic friends live by. I hear it often and then see these amazing masterpieces come of it.


There’s nothing I love more than connecting with the people who dedicate their time to these sorts of things. The same goes for the type of people who sign up for these activities. The instructor’s name for the night was Joelle and the assistant was Deb. They were both so much fun to have in class! You could tell both love what they do in the artistic world. Joelle was very kind and really helped us feel great about the colors we were putting on the canvas. She showed there was no wrong way to create.


Deb walked around and assisted us very well and made sure we knew we did a great job. We even got caught chatting it up with Deb on a more personal level while we were checking out the archive of paintings that have been painted in the studio. I loved that they both laughed throughout and that made the environment relaxed rather than serious. There were so many beautiful flowers, trees, and even an Eiffel Tower. There were so many I’d love to go back and paint.


I also liked that since we had our wine glasses, one asked us where she could go do it and we ended up giving her the phone number and name of the place. Ah, I love my website for this reason. It makes me happy with all the crap that goes on in ‘boring’ life.


Voila! The end product turned out nicely. We managed to match up both of our halves. He painted the tree half and I painted the boat half. He mentioned it being nice that both of our styles came together in the end. I also like this because both of our separate personalities shown through. We worked together and our works of art came together as one. It was a very cool idea for date night. I added more dots and (we added a lot of dots!-I feel like that’s all we did, haha! Somehow we dotted our way to the end product.) I love what we created together!


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  1. I love these wine and paint places, although I personally have never been to one. Looks like fun. My cousin in Portland always puts her own on in her dining room. Seems like a fun business venture!! Your painting looks lovely!

    1. Thank you so much, Terri! What a great idea – putting them in her dining room. Now I kind of want to decorate my home in them. I saw a painting event that you could paint your dog and I really want to do that! You should definitely go to one. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

  2. Wine and painting sounds like a great combination.
    I would definitely have jumped at the chance to do this, at one point in time. Sounds cool. Glad you had fun. Love the idea of a starry night, even if I never have seen the famous painting. I was too young to have thought to look for it when I did see colours. Oh well. Sounds magical anyway. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    1. It was fantastic.

      You know what I really loved about this? Our instructor spoke about teaching a blind woman. She was legally blind but still couldn’t see much. Maybe you could in some way.

      I hope you had a lovely weekend.

      Starry Night is a beautiful portrait. Just imagine swirls of blues and yellows against a dark blue background. Silhouettes of a town sit under the large moon. Ours was different for copyright reasons, so it was on the swamp with a boat and tree as the silhouettes. It was lovely.

    1. Haha, I realized the same thing, Annette! It was so much fun and I definitely want to do it again. Thanks for commenting. I hope you’re having a blast in Ireland!! 😉

  3. I have been to Painting With a Twist several times and every time, I leave with a great painting! It is always such a good time too! Your paintings turned out wonderfully! I love how they match up! Maybe I can get my Hubby in there someday….maybe! 😉

    1. I’ve come to find it is hard to leave with a bad painting. Everyone has their own different tastes and I feel each painting comes out so unique. I love that idea. In a group photo we took, it didn’t really look like many were the same. They all turned out great! Thank you so much though. I had a blast and I like how we both did a half. 🙂 I hope you get him in there. Some of the guys in there were doing the best jobs, ahah!

    1. Aw, thank you so much! 🙂 This was a lot of fun. I definitely recommend it. You never really know what you’re capable of when you get a step-by-step process.

    1. Thanks for the comment! I would love to see some of the paintings you’ve taught. I think that is really cool actually. I didn’t know people could/would take their own spin to some of them, so it was really nice!

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