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Make Like Van Gogh at Sip & Gogh

JV and I aren’t exactly the most artistic folks. I, for one, can only draw the standard mountains and rice field view along with stick figures. But there’s this new activity I’ve heard of which piqued my curiosity— a paint and wine session at Sip & Gogh.

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An artsy display of portraits greets you as you enter.

I pitched the idea to JV and so we went. I was dead scared about it to be honest, because I don’t want my (mad) painting skills to be judged so publicly. After placing a reservation days before our visit, we entered the doors to what was probably one of our more interesting dates. 🙂

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Something’s wrong in this photo. Go figure. Haha.

First they assigned us seats and asked us to choose which painting to copy. The choices ranged from simple to downright ambitious and I found the perfect piece to test my skills on: a cherry blossom tree. Looked easy peasy… until I had to mix the colors and use the paintbrush. Hahaha. JV chose a horizon scene with coconut trees and a boat which reminded me of a painting that used to hang in our home.

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“Where are the nudes???”

An instructor guided us through the process while throwing in some useful painting tips. For one, I learned that criss-cross strokes add dimension to the colors and that you should never, ever leave backgrounds as “transparent” —meaning, no white spots.

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I had a difficult time mimicking the background of the original painting and it ended up getting too dark. Good thing there was wine and some cheese, biscuits, and grapes to munch on (which came with the session fee) to ease the pain of having to accept the fact that I really am no Picasso.

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Yup, that’s the original painting right there.

I thought painting the background was challenging enough but then I had to do the tree’s branches. Daaaamn that was hard! I tried my best to be as close to the original work as possible but eventually adopted a “Fuck this!” mentality and let my artistic juices to just flow (naks).

My strokes were too dark and my painting began to look like the tree of death. 😦 Good thing there was the bright pink color of the cherry blossoms which made everything right again.

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The flowers proved to be the most fun to do. Three small pink splotches and a white spot at the middle and that’s it! A pretty cherry blossom! I had time to watch JV paint (who, by the way, truly epitomized the post-modern hipster artist dude with his “paintpron” or paint apron and hair on a man bun) as I wait for my own painting to dry.

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And so after almost two hours of sweet struggle, the painting newbies were finally done! That one session definitely did not make us insta-artists but it made me rediscover an aspect of creativity I have not tapped in quite a while. It’s true though — anyone can paint, if only one is willing to learn and be a little adventurous. It doesn’t have to be museum-worthy. Sometimes, you just have to make do with the amount of talent you have and harness it to produce something you’re proud of.

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Tadaaaaa!

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