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Art by Friends NYC

Jess and I have always wanted to try a paint night, so we jumped at the chance to attend Art by Friends’ latest event at Professor Thom’s in the East Village.

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

The Art by Friend’s tagline is “Brushes Provided. Bubbles Encouraged.” Since I fully support the bubbles part, we headed to the bar to grab a drink before the class began.

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

This is what we would be painting. It can’t be that hard, right?!

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Art by Friends is owned by two cousins, Tara and Christina. They are the nicest people, and did a great job of showing us step by step what we needed to do.

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Our first instructions were to paint the sky, then the grass, then black circles to make into flowers.

So far so good!

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Then it was time for the petals. Jess and I quickly realized that we were two very different students. I just started painting, embodying a “we’ll see what happens” attitude. Jess, however, is a perfectionist, and wanted to make sure that she was doing everything correctly. This may be why her painting turned out better than mine…

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

You can tell that they’re flowers, right?!

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Some people had amazing paintings. I was literally blown away by the talent in the room (myself excluded!).

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

This was one of my favorites. The picture doesn’t do it justice- it was so pretty!

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

This was another one of my favorites, because it made me laugh. When your flowers are looking strange, you may as well make dinosaurs!

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

This was my finished project. Yes, I realize it looks like a third grader made it…

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Although our paintings weren’t bad for us not being artists!

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Art by Friends took pictures at the event too, and I had to laugh at this one. What exactly am I doing?!

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Paint night? Nailed it!

Art by Friends NYC Paint Night

Even taking into account my lack of talent, it was a really fun night. Art by Friends is very well run, and I loved chatting with the owners and the other painters. Plus, there’s something soothing about painting. It’s just like a spa day, but messier!

To attend your own Art by Friends evening, click here.

Hey, you can’t do any worse than I did!

~A

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