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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published February 16th 2015
Have fun & find your artistic side within
Do you want to have fun while learning something new?

Do you have an artist within you?

Are you an artistic type?

You'll never know, if you never ever go. Maybe you do have that hidden artist in you.

When this event, Paint It Up showed up on a list of things to do, I first thought to myself. I know how to paint houses inside and out and my best mate has been a professional artist since he was twenty, plus I have another friend who dabbles in many different types of artistic things and puts them up in his house and garden.

But the question is?

Do I have a budding artist hidden inside me somewhere? My wife reckons no.

So there is only one way to find out and that was to put my hand up to have ago at Paint It Up event that was being held on Monday the 16th of February at Northies Hotel at Cronulla.


The organisers/owners (Jane and Dan) of Paint It Up came across the idea while surfing the web in America. They were looking for something that people would enjoy doing at night for a few hours either with friends or as part of a group. Jane and Dan first started Paint It Up in Canberra just over six months ago and it has taken off like wildfire, so they decided to expand it to a variety of places in Sydney.

The great thing that I found out about Paint It Up is that you don't have to have any painting experience at all. Jane or one of her other artists will take you through step by step on how to create your own master peace. Maybe somewhere they will find the artist within me. I can only hope. For a cost of $65, they provide all the materials you need. Items like a variety of brushes, paints, apron and canvas and whatever else you need to create your own master piece. The event usually lasts for about two hours and because ours started at 7pm ,Terry and I decided to have dinner before we left home as we didn't want to miss out getting our seats.


Love Birds. Courtsey of Paint It Up.

When I contacted Terry, a mate of mine, and asked him if he was interested about coming along to an art class at Northies in Cronulla and learning how to paint, he was a little bit worried about the title of the subject we were going to have ago at painting. Love Birds, he thought!

Maybe if it was about something else like "Jellyfish" or "No Surf Today". But after looking at the Paint It Up web site Terry agreed to come along and have ago. Now, as stated earlier I don't know whether I have any artistic bones in myself, but I do know that Terry has a passion for creating plenty of different pieces of art and seeing that he is going to retire later in 2015, he was very keen to come along.

When we arrived, Jane and Dan were setting up a series of tables & chairs, so that everyone was able to see the techniques that Jane was going to take us through for the night. On the table there was a small freestanding easel, a canvas, six different size paint brushes, a plate with seven different colours, some paper towel, a cup of water and an apron.
Plenty of room for every budding artist.

Jane setting everything up before the budding artists arrive.

Ok, the first step was to pick up the Mummy Bear paint brush. Oh, I forgot to tell you, to make it easy and a bit more fun Jane had named each of the brushes. You had Mummy Bear, Pupa Bear, Crazy Teenager, Sponge Bob, Bay Painter and Daddy Long Legs.
The brushes for tonight. Now which one was Daddy Long Legs?

It was pretty easy. All I needed to do was to mix white, yellow and blue together to start off painting the background. I couldn't get that right - I mixed in black. Oh well, back to the drawing board as they say.
Come on Terry. My background is done.

Once I had my colours sorted out the background started to actually look like Jane's. Well it was close. Once we had all finished painting the whole canvas background, we stopped to let it dry before adding the branches, leaves and the couple of love birds.
Background done, Branches done. Leaves next.

The two hours went extremely quick and before you knew it, I had finished my first ever painting. As I stood back and looked at what I had created in just two short hours; I couldn't believe what was on the canvas. Ok, some of the branches were pretty fat and didn't tapper off, some of the leaves were odd shapes and one of my birds looked like it had been punched in the nose.
Not another leaf. Almost there.
The finished product. What do you think?

But, who cares. I had created my own masterpiece through the guidance and patience of Jane from Paint It Up.

Even my wife thought that I had done a great job.

Would I go again? Yes. It was not only a great learning experience, it was plenty of fun even though those leaves were pretty hard to do.

Maybe next time I could have ago at the Jellyfish or No Surf Today. Jane might even do one on fish.


Love Birds is not the only subject that you can have ago at painting. Paint It Up has a variety of subjects that you can choose from. Some which are as follows:


Brolly. Courtsey of Paint It Up.

Percy the Parrot
No Surf Today
No Surf Today. Courtsey of Paint It Up.

Abstract Birds & Trees
Abstract Birds & Trees. Courtsey of Paint It Up.

Jellyfish, plus plenty more.


Frenchs Forest

So if you are interested in finding out whether you have an artist within you and you would like to find out whether there is a venue near you, all you need to do is, click here for further information.

During the class I spoke to some of the other students about how they had found out about Paint It Up and most of them had said it was by word of mouth. I also found out that for some of the students this was their second, third and fourth time they had been to Paint It Up.
They all found their inner artist.

Do you think Terry and I found our inner artist? I do.

So if you are looking for something different to do for a few hours at night, you should think about going to one of Jane and Dan's painting class. Like me, you might find the hidden artist in you!
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Why? Great fun and you may find that you can paint.
When: Refer to web site for up & coming dates.
Phone: 61 451 250 301
Where: Various places throughout NSW and the ACT
Cost: $65 per person
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