In our humble opinions, wine & creativity kind of just… go together. You know, like meat and potatoes. Or vodka and orange juice. Or, say, Laverne & Shirley. And luckily for us in Pittsburgh, there is an awesome venue that *also* realizes this and lets you go to town: Paint Monkey.
We first got to check out Paint Monkey last year at a Yelp event shortly after they opened. The deal at Paint Monkey is this: you sign up for a class, bring your own booze and snacks, then show up and paint. Your canvas will be outlined with the painting du jour, you’ll get a palette of colors to choose from, and you’ll have instruction and assistance from the pros as needed.
A week or so before the class, you email in a picture of your pet. It can be any pet at all, although the night we went, it was all dogs.
Next, we started filling in the darker colors. Since Piper is an Elderbeast, I had a lot of different shading to work with. Our instructor showed me how to make the different shades of grey for the different parts of her fur.
All the while you are painting, there are some great tunes playing on random. Old school Janet Jackson, Prince, stuff from the 70s, you name it. Great atmosphere!
One of the toughest parts of painting Piper’s picture was the detail on her birthday hat. (The picture was from her 11th birthday party 2 years ago.) But the little imperfections are what make the paintings so unique. You just have to go with it and embrace your inner artist!
After we got home, we just *had* to have the girls get their pictures taken with their paintings!
Paint Monkey is a blast for any event, but the personal importance of Paint Your Pet night puts it on a different level. We absolutely recommend that you check it out, but sign up as early as you can – the spots will go quickly! You can see the list of available classes and register for the one that suits your fancy at their calendar.