The Yukon drew a spirited group of painters the Sunday before Halloween to take part in the monthly Paint ’n Pints class taught by our very own Erica Peebus. This month’s challenge was to create a spooky haunted house scene, complete with a full moon and flying bats.
Now the idea of painting anything from scratch might sound scary to some, but Erica makes it fun and easy with simple step-by-step instructions along the way. She even takes the time to explain which brush to use and how to mix your primary colors in order to achieve just the right effect. And this lesson was no exception.
In fact, Erica made it so easy, that the hardest part was keeping my paintbrush out of my beer glass. (I only messed up twice.)
Cheerful banter filled the “studio” all afternoon, with artists encouraging one another throughout the lesson. The only gripe I heard was one artist complaining that he thought his background “needed more Guinness.” Regular customers also strolled by from time to time to offer their oohs and ahs. (Everyone’s an art critic, you know!)
Although every is painting the same subject, every creation is decidedly unique.There’s no right or wrong; artists are encouraged to to add their own personality to their paintings to make their works their very own.
In less than three hours, what began as a bare canvas was transformed into a spooky Halloween scene. Just as surprisingly, most of my paint actually ended up on my canvas instead of my pants.
Erica’s Paint ’n Pints class draws lots of return students, but new painters are always invited to take part. Class size is a bit limited, however, so you’ll want to sign up with your favorite bartender just as soon as possible. Erica also teaches a second class each month at the Yukon’s sister pub, Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill.
While I would never classify myself an artist, I have to say this class was a lot of fun, and I will definitely be back again. If only just to see if adding Guinness to my pallet makes me a better painter.