Maybe I should've had more wine

My friend threw a surprise Paint & Wine party for her husband's birthday last night.  I'd seen these parties advertised on Groupon before, but wasn't really sure what to expect.  Well, it was a lot of fun.  The party was at the MOCA DC gallery in Georgetown.  After we walked in and did the whole "Surprise!" thing, there were about 20 minutes of mingling (and drinking wine) and then everyone was asked to take a seat where we found canvases, paint brushes, paints, water, paper towels, and an apron.  There were about 14 of us.

There were three staff members, and one of them led us in instruction for our painting.  We would all be painting something called "Fall Encounter." Here's the "inspiration photo" we were working from:

So, we began by painting the top half of the canvas.  It was interesting to see how the process worked.  We started by painting the whole top half yellow, and then added in the red and green.  Then we added the trees and leaves.  I took a photo of my progress (before we started adding leaves), and thought, well, this isn't so bad...

Then we took a 20 minute break--the staff cleaned out our water  cups while we mingled some more.  Then it was back to work, and a different staff member led the instruction for the bottom half.  That's when things started to fall apart.  I'd watch the instructor and try to do what she did, but something was lost in translation.  Here's my finished product:

I have to say, the photo actually looks better than the real-life painting sitting here in my living room.  What can I say? I tried, I had fun, and I'd love to do it again.  I had one glass of wine at the party, and two glasses of sangria at dinner beforehand.  I'm just thinking that maybe if I'd had more wine, the results may have been better.  Or, certainly, more interesting. 


So much TV, so little time

I'm way behind on my TV watching and haven't posted anything about the new season, but here are some thoughts on what I've seen so far:

  • Mom - thumbs down
  • The Blacklist - thumbs up
  • Hostages - eh
  • HIMYM - eh (the jokes still aren't that funny to me, but I'm determined to see how Ted meets The Mom)
  • Parenthood - the first show of the season was weirdly shot.  The camera was shaky and it was like it was shot in extra-high definition, yet, it still made me cry at the end.  Every episode manages to bring tears, happy or sad.  How do they do that, even with shoddy direction and camera work?  Great show.