I'll warn you in advance that this blog has absolutely nothing to do with cakes, but is more about what we get up to when the store closes.
The team and their finished art.
This evening we had the opportunity to take part in a water colour class, and I think I speak for all of us when I say it was amazing, even though we had absolutely no idea what we were getting ourselves in for! Somehow, Christina managed to keep this a surprise from all of us till today, when she gave us the address so we knew where to go. Not surprisingly we all googled the address, as soon as we received it, and found out that we would be heading to the Alfred Memelink Gallery at 223 The Esplanade, Petone (Fun fact: Gill and Katy got the address wrong and thought we were heading to a B&B further down the road). I will confess that at this point, I wasn't feeling overly excited, seeing as my drawing abilities are very limited. Our teacher for the evening was none other than the man behind the gallery, Alfred.
Alfred taking away Katys first try after she got confused between sea and sky
After a few nibbles and a wine or two we got stuck into the painting. Things got off to a rough start when Katy painted the sea instead of the sky to start with, but with a fresh canvas, we all started to make some progress. Painting watercolour requires multiple layers, and although all the finished pieces look great, at various points throughout the evening we all thought we'd managed to ruin our painting one way or the other. Personally, I had serious doubts about painting my cliffs purple, but it turns out Alfred really does know what he's on about, and by the end the purple looked like it was meant to be there.
My purple cliffs
If you're ever in Petone, stop by the gallery; the artwork is amazing and a few of us ended up buying things after the class. The gallery also offers children's workshops during the holidays. I'll put their website link at the bottom of the page so you can check them out, but for now have a flick through some of what we got up to this evening.
Alfred helping Gill get the perfect sky
The Cupcake Sweeties Team. From L to R, Tamiya, Gill, Katy, Christina and Louisa
It's not a team building event without vino and snacks
My finished artwork (I was super stoked, because I can't draw to save my life)
Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed this wee sneak peek at what our team is like outside of shop hours. A huge thank you to our amazing boss Christina for organising this for us and also to Alfred, for his unwavering patience and encouragement.
If you would like to learn more about the Alfred Memelink Gallery please visit their website: http://www.memelink.nz