Paint Nite: A Review of a Night of Art and Booze

Paint Nite: A Review of a Night of Art and Booze

It was so easy even I could do it.

Last weekend, the ladies in my family spent our evening out attending one of the new trendy events that have surged across America that combines booze and artistic abilities: Paint Nite! The idea behind Paint Nite is that you have one professional artist give you a step by step lesson on how to make a magnificent piece of art, while you attempt to follow instructions and get buzzed with booze either provided by the venue or brought from your own home.

For our event the piece of work we were attempting to replicate was called "End of Summer".

Upon inspection I had the same reaction anyone with the artistic ability of a kindergartner would have..hell to the no will I be able to replicate that. I had a good year and a half of elementary school art classes where almost every project I got back was C worthy.

This made me wonder how a two hour class was going to improve any "skills" I might have. However, putting any doubtful thoughts to the back of my mind I quickly ordered my first drink of the night to work as some liquid confidence, a peach whiskey mule, and headed to my station.

At each station you are given a paint tray with all of five colors that we were going to use, a canvas, brushes, and cleaning supplies for your brushes. The only downside of the work areas though is that arm space is far and few, but still is pretty manageable.

Once we got started I have to say that my work looked like what I expected it to look like from the beginning, a complete mess with attempts at blending to make it look better (P.S. I would like to thank all those youtube makeup tutorials I've watched that taught me everything I knew about blending). When it came time for us to take our break all I could think was that my painting looked like a sad art attempt put together with items you find at a ball park snack bar. Again for comparison here was mine,

and here was what the final product was supposed to look like.

The odds were not in my favor here.

Which meant it was time for liquid confidence number two, a Manhattan. At this point things got scarier when it was time to use the black paint mainly because it's hard to hide and blend black paint if you mess up.


I was disappointed, at first, mainly because I thought they were supposed to be trees and it was looking like a fire had occured in my forest. Suddenly, though we added the horizon to our art and I could finally see a comparison between the two paintings.

Maybe I wasn't bad at art, maybe I've just been doing it wrong this whole time! With some final touches added our work of art was done and I have to say mine was pretty satisfactory!.

I think if you are interested in a fun night out, with your girls, this is the event for you. It's fun it gives you confidence in your art skills and it's way easier than you think it's going to be. Also one of the highlights was trying catch all of the "that's what she said" jokes by our teacher. Such as: "Every time you brush it, it gets bigger"

Yes, I know. I have a twelve year old's sense of humor.




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Letting Go allows you the freedom to change what you currently allow and to accept nothing less

In 2013 the Disney movie Frozen took the world by storm with its very catchy song “Let it Go “ sung by Elsa, a character from the film. Who would’ve thought that an animation would impact the world? I think not only the catchy tune caught the attention of the world but also the very inspiring lyrics. If you remember nothing else from the film you will surely remember hearing "Let it Go, Let it go, can't hold it back anymore.”

The song's lyrics are very inspirational. Whenever I hear the song it reminds me of all the things in my life that I need to get rid of and motivates me to just “Let It Go” I mean if Elsa could do it then why can’t I. After all, letting things go is such a great thing to do. Sometimes we carry around extra weight and pressure because we are carrying the weight of others around us, and sometimes we just need to rid our life of their mess and sometimes them.

It's important to let things go and take control of your environment, mainly your place in it. I was always taught that what you allow is what will be. So if you allow people to gossip and be depressed around you and live without a goal or plan for better than those things will begin to manifest in your life. Letting go allows you the freedom to change what you currently allow and to accept nothing less.

Letting Go isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes letting go is necessary so that you can move on to the next level of your life. You cant always take everyone with you to each level of your life. Letting go of those who can't go with you, allows room for growth for both of you.

The longer you hold on to them the more pressure you’re adding to your own life because they won't understand your next level and you may miss out on the greatness and opportunities of that level because you’re so focused on explaining to that person whats going on in your new level. That can be a very stressful and straining position. You simply have to trust that you will get better by letting Go what no longer fits you.

We all are faced with a time in our lives where we have to let Go of things or people we loved at some point. We can’t carry everyone with us and ultimately when we are willing to “let go” we will receive greater and what we need to continue to progress. Don’t hold up your process by holding on to the unnecessary, the negative vibes, the hurt, the disappointment and so much ... LET IT GO!

You’ll thank me and Elsa later when you’ve reached your fullest potential and accomplished all goals and are in the best space you've ever been in.

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11 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower' Quotes That Apply To College Life

All of the ways Perks is still relevant.

After watching Perks of Being a Wallflower about 30 times, I came to the realization that many of its quotes not only apply to the ups and downs of high school but can apply to the daily life of a college student.

Here are just a few quotes from my favorite movie that describe college life:

1. Mr. Anderson: They say if you make one friend on your first day, you’re doing okay

Charlie: Thanks, sir but if my English teacher is the only friend I make today that would be sort of depressing.

The feelings of freshman year are universal. Whether you are starting your first day of high school or your first day of college, you are surrounded by an entirely new environment with new students. College brings this to an entirely new level because you are sometimes hours away from home with absolutely no friends. In high school, you may have a couple friends from elementary or middle school. As for Charlie, he was starting over in terms of friends, making this quote extremely relevant for college life. Hopefully we all made a friend other than our English professor on the first day of college.

2. Sam: Question, could the bathrooms here be any more disgusting?

Patrick: Yes, I believe they call it the men’s room.

Sam’s observation about the bathrooms at their high school football field could not be any more relevant to college. Living in a dorm building, most of us are faced with sharing a bathroom with ten or so other people. You could even be faced with a coed bathroom in college. And, if you are not the one cleaning the bathroom, you might be dealing with avoiding other people’s hair when you wash your hands or the occasional smelly bathroom. It might be wet floors or a shower that you are afraid to go into but college bathrooms can be pretty disgusting. And, if you use the men’s bathroom, it might be even worse.

3. Charlie: So, this is what fun looks like

College puts you in an entirely new element. The feeling that Charlie gets when he walks into his first high school party is similar to the feeling we get when we begin a new social life in college. We never experienced the freedom of living on our own and making our own decisions about where to go and when. There are hundreds of people living within a 5-minute walk of your own room. While college involves a lot more work and studying, there are endless possibilities for fun.

4. Sam: How do you feel Charlie?

Charlie: I just really want a milkshake

Of course, when Charlie says this to Sam, he is experiencing the effects of a weed brownie. But, it can apply to life in many different ways. Charlie’s zonked out feelings and cravings for just a simple milkshake are relevant to how I feel after spending six hours on a paper or studying for the better part of a weekend. There are days in college when we do not feel much of everything; we just want to indulge in the sugary goodness of a milkshake.

5. Charlie: Sorry I haven’t written for a while but I’m trying hard not to be a loser.

Throughout the movie, Charlie is writing letters describing his experiences in high school. Once he meets Patrick along with his group of friends and begins falling in love with Sam, he starts writing fewer letters. He is trying to fit in with their group by listening to their music, hanging out with them at lunch, and going to parties. Similarly, in college, we are always trying to fit in or keep up with different activities that will prevent us from being dubbed ‘a loser’ and we do not always have as much time to keep up withold habits.

6. Patrick: If you fail me, you get me next semester

For anyone that has taken an Intro course necessary for their semester, this quote or its sentiment might have crossed your mind once or twice. The professor could fail you, but then they just have to deal with you over the course of another semester.

7. Patrick: C-! I'm below average!

It goes without saying but college is harder than high school. A level students get their first failing grades in college. Above average students experience below average grades. There are two approaches to dealing with a bad grade. You could sit in your dorm room and cry it off. Or you could take on Patrick’s attitude when he gets a C- in his shop class. Yes, he could be upset that he was below average. Instead, he chooses to embrace it and relish in the reality that it is not the end of the world and, for the first time, he did not fail the course.

8. Patrick: Mary Elizabeth why are you trying to eat Christmas?

Finals for the fall semester are in December which is mere weeks before Christmas, or in the case of Ithaca College last year – the week of Christmas. Christmas is busy enough with buying presents, decorating and making Christmas cookies. With college, this adds finishing up work from the semester and studying for finals as well as putting together a couple final projects. It feels like college is truly trying to eat Christmas. It might be fun to be busy shopping and preparing for Christmas but preparing for finals is the complete opposite. Finals are an attempt from all colleges to eat Christmas just like Mary Elizabeth tried to do when questioning Charlie’s generosity.

9. Brad: No way, there's people out there.

Brad does not want to get out in front of a bunch of people to perform the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Many of us experience the same feeling when we are forced to present in front of a class. We can even feel this way when we are having a bad day and would rather stay inside our dorm than go outside amongst people.

10. Charlie: Dear friend, sorry I haven't written for a while but things are a total disaster.

This quote is an accurate description of how I felt toward the end of the semester. All the work piled up and all time went to going to class and doing work. Things were a total disaster and if I was Charlie, I would not have been able to keep up with writing letters.

11. Charlie: And in this moment, I swear we are infinite.

A compilation of Perks of Being a Wallflower quotes could not be completed without this quote. This quote not only applies to high school or college but moments throughout life. No matter where we are or what we are doing, we will always have moments that make us feel infinite – like we can do anything or be anything.

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