Brush & Tipple came into being during a gathering of family and friends we held a couple of months ago. It was a fairly large party, a group with a diverse range of skills, ages and interests, and the conversation topics were many and varied.
During one of the many discussions that took place that day, there arose the question - how many of you here believe you can paint a picture? There were thirty-odd people there and two hands went up. There and then, we arranged for the artistic laymen present to attend an art party the following day to prove to them that with the right equipment, instruction and desire, along with a little (non-obligatory) alcoholic tipple to just make it more fun, they could most definitely produce an artwork that they would be happy to hang up in their own (or anyone else’s) home.
So, the next day six of our family and friends, ages ranging between 17 and 60, spent a couple of happy hours painting and sipping, or sipping and painting, and at the end of the day, all of them had produced a simple and beautiful piece of art. There is a picture of them and their paintings on the home page of our website…
So what is the message of this missive? The vast majority of us believe we cannot draw, paint or produce works of art. As children, we did not know what we did not know, so we had the confidence and belief that we could do anything. Growing up, we began to realise that we weren't the best at everything we did, that others received more praise and recognition for their efforts than we did, and we slowly withdrew from the race to gain approval for our artistic endeavours to focus on other pursuits to which we believed we were better suited.
Hey - that's life!
This doesn't mean we can never draw, or paint or do something visually creative. It is the desire to do a thing and the amount of effort one is willing to expend that creates skilled experts (and not everyone wants to become the most skilled expert, just skilled enough to enjoy the activity). If you add an element of fun and relaxation, there is nothing that you cannot do if you are willing to make a start! Art is therapy, it is creativity using the whole of the brain, it supports our emotional intelligence, boosts our self-esteem, strengthens our relationship with each other and the environment around us, and when done properly, it's fun!
Take a look at a TED talk by Graham Shaw called "Why people believe they can’t draw - and how to prove they can".
If you would like to experience an art party with us, have a look at our events page and reserve a place at the next party near you. Or if there is nothing near to your location, let us know where you are and we'll work to find a location close to you. So, get painting, and if you would like to comment on this blog post, please send a comment on our Comments page at