By: Jenn K
For the past year or so, I’ve been hearing about this thing called Paint & Sip. I never really paid attention to it because, even though there’s wine involved, it’s painting. Anyone who knows me knows I can’t draw, or paint, or do anything having to do with arts and crafts.
In recent months, I’ve seen quite a number of posts on social media from people who seem to be having a lot of fun painting and sipping and showing off their incredibly talented creations. All of their finished products look amazing, which I totally attributed to their artistic talents.
However, as I learned later, they didn’t all know how to draw. Surely, they must know how for their works to be so nice?! I could never create a piece without it containing stick figures and blobs of colors.
So last week my friend-boss, Tracie, set up a painting class with Patrick Ching. He had been in town for a couple of weeks to work on a mural of the `Alalā at the Kress Building. Patrick also set up a mini gallery at The Most Irresistible Shop where patrons and fans could purchase books and prints that he would lovingly sign. “Let’s do it!” She exclaimed in her text. I admit I was hesitant but, in the spirit of learning something new, I agreed. Besides, Patrick’s works are beyond amazing and I was sure he would be a great teacher.
A small group of us gathered at the Shop last Saturday to learn how to paint the `Alalā. I was so nervous about creating a possible miss-terpiece. I couldn’t even remember the last time I actually drew something.
Then something incredible happened. I painted a bird, sitting on a branch, staring up at the sky, at sunset. It was all thanks to Patrick and his step-by-step instructions, his patience, and his collaboration. Everyone in the class produced their own masterpieces. We were all proud of our own works and of each other’s. Co-worker-friend, Terri, called her finished piece a “miracle” for she, too, had no idea that she could produce such a fine piece of art. The amount of talent people have for art/painting is exciting to witness!
Patrick will be back in November for the release of the `Alalā and I’m hoping to be able to take part in another painting class. Imagine that? Now I know why people repeatedly sign up for these classes. The amount of fun, laughter, and support of each other is rather addictive…even without the sipping part!
Look for us on a future airing of Patrick’s weekly art program called “Painting In Paradise” on OC16. You can also sign up for a 26-week Nature Painting Mastery Course which begins on September 17. If I can paint a bird and have it look like a bird, anyone can.