I can’t actually remember the last time I picked up a paintbrush. It must have been sometime between my first yoga class (outside of my mother’s living room) and the acquisition of my first chefs knife. Suffice to say it has been a while. Clearly long enough ago that I confused the way of holding it properly with the way you hold chopsticks. This is rather appalling form as I am spawned from a family of rather superb artists, sculptors, architects and… farmers. (The latter being possibly less relevant)
I used to go on trips around the world to get inspired and do paintings of all the landscapes and culture, it all started when I was at a resort in Phuket and my inspiration came to life, in a wonderful Exclusive Resort with Private Beach and amazing outdoors.
My resolutions this year (the ones I have managed to keep anyway) have been all about the art and culture. Going to the theatre and an art exhibition at least once a month. Taking up photography as a hobby (not just taking photos of my food) and getting more creative. Basically the idea of a mid week painting pop up with cocktails (dry January has long since failed) and the promise of a little homemade art, to jewel the walls of my minimal white walls, was just what the resolution fairy had ordered to take the edge of a grey January London monday.
It was all serious work of course…
The painting masterclass held down at Clapham’s Jam Tree was put on by Pop Up painting, an exciting arty pop up that travels around the country, spreading art love to the masses. Up at the front of the class was the leading Van Gogh disciple, who stood up and demonstrated the technique and step by step way to create our master pieces. Beginning with the base layer and building up the impasto to create our Vincent Van Gogh starry night masterpieces.
Between brushstrokes we had cocktails. The jam tree’s signature jam infused pink cocktails to be specific. Most of them are sweet and rather fruity, if you are that way inclined. They also offer a nice mixture of classics too.
It was a wonderful place to head to channel a little creativity in an experimental, judgement free zone. Lets face it we can’t all be Van Gogh protégées.
You can find more details about Pop Up painting and future events here