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Third time is a charmer!
I had the absolute best birthday ever! Yesterday our day started with a family photo shoot with our 16 Week old son and KJ Photography (see prior post). The day then finished with such a fun, relaxing and yet exciting painting class at Vino & Vango in Springfield.

A snippet from their site:
Vino and Vango is an upbeat creative class/party where you learn the basics of acrylic painting, while enjoying the company of friends!  Everyone paints the same thing at the same time.  At the end of the party, you will have created your very own masterpiece!
Check out our monthly calendar and choose a painting or date that is best for you.  Register online or by phone.  Bring your favorite beverage, appetizers, and/or snacks, and get ready to have the time of your life!  We provide the brushes, canvas, aprons and easels, assistants,  and a lively art instructor.
Add your own personal style and make it yours.  Tap into that inner artist and discover your creative side.  You’ll want to return again and again, it is that much fun!  Choose from over 100 paintings for  your Private Party, attend an Open Class, bring your friends or come alone and join the fun!
– See more at: http://vinoandvango.com/#sthash.j9fr1vJl.dpuf

This was my third time visiting Pauline, Sarah and Alejandro and it was certainly one of the most fun yet. My first experience with them was for my sister’s birthday party in September where we all painted a Magnolia Blossom for my niece’s nursery. My sister had planned her party her after attending a painting class for a bachelorette party weeks earlier. She booked what is called a “private party” for just us on an open date and was able to choose the painting we did. We brought our own food and of course VINO, which you sip while you paint. We had so much fun with that Magnolia that my mother, brother’s girlfriend and sister all decided to attend an “open class” where anyone can drop in and attend (RSVP through the website) for a festive fall pumpkin painting. We needed something to hang on our walls for the season.

For my birthday I chose a painting called “Path into Fall” which I just loved all of the colors it has! It looked challenging but Sarah was able to walk us all through it with patience and great direction. I think they all turned out great!

Magnolia Blossom: Easiest I think- Sarah taught us this one which was primarily made with heart like shapes. The branches were by far the most difficult part!

Pumpkins & Crow: Hardest So Far- You have no idea how difficult it is to paint something that is supposed to look sphere like! I spent so much time tampering with the colors and shading of my pumpkins to get the perfect shadowing… finally I just had to walk away. But it is a fun and exciting obsession in that you don’t want to leave it because you are enjoying the challenge.

Path into Fall: Somewhere in the Middle- I loved the way in which we painted this step by step. We started with layering which is so beautiful to see because you are so surprised at the way the canvas grows in front of you. At one point we were all thinking, “is this ever going to look like that?” at least I know I was! But eventually we got through paining the trees and the shadows and got to paint the leaves. This was everyone’s favorite part I’m sure. We got to use a “poking” technique which I’m sure is just the cutesy way of telling us amateurs to dab small drops of paint in a certain area. Regardless, this was very fun. We got to go crazy on our pallet and mix together whatever colors we had left to make all sorts of leaf combinations. It was great!

Overall I would like to highly recommend Vino & Vango, Pauline & Sarah to anyone planning their birthday soiree, a bridal shower, bachelorette party or even a just because party. I am sure I will be there again in the not so distance future. Perhaps I’ll see you there too? Check out their December Calendar for Open Classes

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