We are living in stressful times – the Coronavirus and violent protests all over the world are making headlines. Watching the news is a sure-fire way to get depressed because it seems like good news is scarce.
Fortunately, there is a way to forget about all the bad stuff – at least for a while – and it involves wine and paint.
Best of all, you don’t need to leave your home for this fun way to relax and unwind. You can let your creative juices (and the wine!) flow in the comfort of your living room thanks to paint and sip classes online.
Virtual paint and sip classes have taken the world by storm. They are easy to access, convenient fun and allow you to be social at the same time.
You don’t have to be a paint master or even know your acrylic paint from your oil paint to join in the fun either. All you need is the desire to be creative, some painting supplies and your choice in wine.
Although these types of classes are nothing new, taking paint and sip classes online opened them up to a wider audience.
Before, you could only take part in the classes if they were hosted in your area. Now, you can easily join online.
During the paint and sip classes, an instructor will give you steps to follow and show you how to create a specific painting. You just sip on your drink and do your best. If the painting doesn’t come out as you hoped, it doesn’t really matter. That freedom has many cognitive benefits (read more)
What does matter is that you got to forget about your problems for a little while and have some fun.
At the end of the session, you can switch off your laptop or computer, appreciate your art and pour another drink or go to bed. No worries about getting home safely or avoiding people who might have the Coronavirus.
Alternative Wine Creativity
Paint and sip classes online and virtual have also opened the doors of creativity for more serious artists. They are realizing that wine and painting go really well together. So well that they’re painting with wine instead of paint.
Sanja Jankovic uses red wine to create beautiful paintings that will leave you stunned. The variety of rich tones that wine can produce inspired the artist to try out this unexpected way of painting.
The grapes and vintage influences the kind of painting and color Sanja will be able to create. They all react differently to the paper she uses.
So far, Sanja has been able to create many a masterpiece with her wines – from popular idols such as Marilyn Monroe to Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa.
To create these artworks, Sanja uses different kinds of wine to achieve various tones. The color will depend on the type of wine she chooses to use.
The artist has used red wine as well as white in her art and she likes to use Merlot, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The better quality the wine that goes into the painting, the better pigment it gives. Cheap wine is not good enough.
Vincenzo Reda, another wine artist, says he likes to paint with the wine he enjoys drinking. His favorite is Dolcetto, but he also paints with Nebbiolo although its color isn’t as sharp.
If you’ve been inspired by paint and sip classes online, why not try your hand at actually painting with wine?
Just make sure you’re not wearing your good clothes – we all know wine stains are a nightmare.