Tonight, I was lucky enough to get two tickets to attend the launch of Paint Chill Co, a new concept-based event running in Portsmouth (soon to extend to other locations in the South Coast). The idea of the event is to chill out in a relaxed environment whilst completing a canvas painting, taught by a local artist.
As we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly group who quickly showed us to the Prosecco table for our free glass of bubbly (a great start to the eve). We were seated in rows next to each other, a great icebreaker to meet the other attendees. In front of us was a blank canvas, a palette with a few colour paints and three brushes. We were then talked through the concept and the various steps of painting the piece, which was an original artwork by local artist Kendal James. Kendal was a great teacher, going at a fast enough pace to keep to schedule, but not so fast that we couldn’t follow. She also had no problem in repeating things for those of us who were so deeply engulfed in the process at times, that we forgot to keep listening (I think I probably called across the room enquiring about which brush to use more than a few times). As the evening went on, it was really interesting to see everyone putting their own mark on their work (and indeed, a few others chose to paint something entirely different- a choice that is welcomed by Paint Chill Co. The important thing, they mentioned, was to chill out and just have fun getting creative).
Kendal obviously thrives with this type of event, and it was a pleasure to learn so much from her in such a short space of time. The Paint Chill Co team were all excited and genuinely interested in what we were creating, and their warm welcome extended throughout the evening, right to the very end. There was always someone ready to top up our paints or get us some clean water to use for our brushes, and at no point did I feel that they dropped their game. Special shoutout to the lovely lady whose name I didn’t catch, but she knew I needed more paint well before I did, and was never far away if I needed assistance.
All in all, this was a great evening and a remarkable launch. Portsmouth is in dire need of more events like this, and I know it will be a welcome addition to the local event calendar. Most importantly, it is run by a team of passionate artists and creatives, and it feels great to support local small business/ freelancers. I would not hesitate to recommend Paint Chill Co to anyone and everyone- book in to their next event, you won’t regret it.
Take a look below at some pictures of artwork that was created at the event, and also an awkward selfie of me with my finished piece!
See more and book in at Paint Chill Co
And for more information on artist Kendal James, visit her Facebook page