Artists always want muses without realizing they are a big responsibility, demanding regular walks, a ticket to every sunset, and smoothies made of pastels and Greek yogurt. Cultivate your creativity an easier way with today's Groupon: for $30, you get Cynthia Massey Parsons’ Paint-A-Long painting class with hors d'oeuvres at the Wine Rack (a $60 value) on South Memorial Parkway. Classes are on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m., with extra classes on Mondays some weeks.
During evening Paint-A-Long sessions in the Wine Rack's bottle-lined abode, painter Cynthia Parsons leads up to 24 aproned apprentices in creating vibrantly colored keepsakes. Brush brandishers pick from Parsons’ designs, like the musical, floral, or super-surprise, which they then pitch onto tilted easels and splash with acrylic hues. Light hors d'oeuvres keep idle mouths from nipping at brush-ends or slurping paints as the hands busy themselves with the masterwork. Thirsty throats can also purchase beer or wine by the glass, or sate themselves by guzzling down nonalcoholic soda or liquid inspiration from other students' artwork. Although aprons are provided, students should always sport old clothes at the Paint-A-Long in case one is struck by Jackson Pollack-style action painting inspiration.
Alabama-born Cynthia Massey Parsons, who will be featured in the 32nd anniversary edition of Who’s Who in American Art, has built her artistic reputation on works in watercolor, acrylic, and graphite. During Paint-A-Long sessions, she leads budding artists through the brushwork of a single painting, helping students pick up sound technique without worrying about inventing a subject or baiting a muse. Her original designs range from modified classics—such as the sky in Van Gogh’s Starry Night transposed over a local skyline—to classic floral still lifes.