Paintlounge is new to the College Street strip, but has seen lots of success at it's Markham location. It's no wonder why as it's a relaxed, inspiring and non-judgmental atmosphere in which to exercise your artistic muscle. Your inner artist is the only thing that you need to bring with you as they provide easels, canvas, paint, brushes, palettes, sponges and even a few albums with paintings for inspiration.
When you arrive you are given an apron, an easel , a canvas and free reign of the space and all of the available tools. They even have hair dryers handy to speed up the drying process, so you can get on with your painting and forget about the waiting.
My first instinct was that Paintlounge would be a great first date location, but as my friend and I got down to our crafting, I realized that we weren't talking. Like, at all. This was her first time painting since grade school so she came in with lots of nervous and excited energy to begin with, but as she put her first stroke on the canvas, the electric energy subsided to a sense of serenity. At the end of the evening she had her very first painting, a fantastic sense of accomplishment and had managed to de-clutter her mind if only for a few hours. After our masterpieces had been completed, we headed across the street to Bar Isabel for some proper chat time over cocktails and tapas.
|Ange and Jess|
If you're as lucky as we were, you're in for a special treat as they also invite local musicians to perform as you paint. It's a nice way to incorporate different art forms that aren't normally experienced together. It's also a great way to meet burgeoning artists as everyone is really accessible and open to artistic endeavors. We got to meet Ange and Jess yesterday and they sounded really great. I couldn't stop my toes from tapping along.
I did notice one very obvious element at this event however, everyone participating was female. Not one dude in the bunch. Not that I mind some quality time with my "sisters", but it would be kind of cool if some guys came and joined the party. And fellas, did you hear what I just said? There's a room full of girls that other guys haven't caught on about yet.
Now I know you're just dying to see what I came up with, right? I know you are, but I'm not going to post it 'cause I'm going to gift it and I don't want to ruin the surprise.