It’s the trend that’s sweeping the nation: drunk painting! For anyone who hasn’t done it yet, the premise is simple: take a class where the art teacher will walk you through a painting step by step, with the first step being swinging back a gulp of booze. Drunk painting combines two amazing activities into one fun-filled night, but it’s more than just a fun hobby – it has great benefits for artists.
Skill takes time. Some new artists quit before they really start creating because they put a lot of stress on themselves to paint a masterpiece on Day 1. Drunk painting nights fix that because all the pressure is taken away. In all of the classes I’ve taken, the night is relaxed and carefree – there’s no expectations because everyone is getting buzzed. This doesn’t negate the learning, though. Every new slash against canvas increases your skill – techniques are only developed through experience. The cavalier attitude of the class makes it easy to absorb tips on brush strokes and laying.
Community. Community. Community. Every artist, regardless of medium, needs a community of fellow creators. Booze is wonderful at lowering inhibitions, and it makes connecting with people easier. After drinking a few beers, it’s easier to ask the person sitting nearby how they got their grass to look so good, easier to share information. I’ve made class buddies – people I’ve friended on Facebook and only talk to about upcoming classes. There’s no shame in making friends.
Clears Your Head
It’s easy to get stuck on a project. Your vision isn’t translating to the space exactly as you intended, and you hit a wall. Doing something else is a great way to overcome a roadblock and drunk painting works perfectly as a distraction. Every class ends with a finished painting – I’ve used the nights as a way to recharge my creative energy. Being able to view completed artwork is the best motivator; seeing and sharing work I’ve done inspires me more than any quote or emotion ever has.
“Write drunk, edit sober” applies to creating art, too. Paint drunk, hang it on the wall sober. It might not be as catching, but it’s definitely true.