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Meet The Creative Team: Melody Suranyi

Melody Suranyi
IT’S TIME TO MEET THE TALENTED & CREATIVE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PINOT & PICASSO ARTWORKS!

It’s time to introduce the talented artists behind our Artwork Gallery. Say hello to Melody Suranyi! Melody is currently an artist at the Pinot & Picasso Newcastle studio and has a stunning art business called Banksia Brush Studio. We sat down with Melody and chatted about why she became an artist, her style, artworks she has created, and life outside of P&P!

What sparked your interest in becoming an artist?

“I have always wanted to be an artist, but it wasn’t until I started working at Pinot and Picasso that I realised I could do it as a career. Being surrounded by so many talented artists at work and becoming more involved in the creative community here has filled me with so much inspiration and passion.”

 

How would you describe your style?

“My style is an explosion of colour, patterns and fun. I love weaving ancient themes into my paintings and lino prints as well as natural forms like flowers and vines.”

 

Which artist/s is your biggest inspiration?

“I am very inspired by all the talent right here in Newcastle with artists such as Prudence De Marchi, Kiasmin and Tyler Dan. A big influence in my style has also come from Matisse, especially his expressive use of bright colours and organic shapes.”

 

Which type of art form is your favourite to create and why?

“My favourite art form is painting. I feel the most free and happy when I have all my colourful paints open, paint brush in hand and a funky disco playlist pumping in the background.”

Which Pinot & Picasso artworks have you created?

“I created the Mumsterpiece artwork for Mother’s Day this year which was so much fun. I loved the process of creating the painting and then watching everyone enjoy quality time with their Mum painting it together in class.”

 

What is your favourite P&P session to host and why?

“I love hosting paint your pet sessions because I get to bond with everyone over their pet stories and help bring them to life in paint form!”

 

If you were a P&P artwork, what would you be?

“I would 100% be the Boogie painting of the glow in the dark disco ball, everything about that painting just screams me.”

 

What’s your favourite thing about working at P&P? 

“I love watching people go from doubting their painting ability at the beginning of each session to absolutely loving their finished painting and getting creative along the way. I just love seeing everyone have such a fun time learning something new and am so happy I can play a part in that.”

 

What do you like to do outside of P&P?

“I am currently studying graphic design at Newcastle university which led me to create the branding for my own business selling art. When I’m not teaching at P&P you could find me painting and dancing around my home, roller skating, having a coffee with friends or working and talking ceramics at Palinopsia.”

The Best Artwork for your Paint and Sip Party

the best artwork for your paint and sip party

Picking an artwork for your sip and paint function can be tricky – you want to choose a painting that you think everyone will enjoy. Secret is, no matter what you pick, your guests are going to have one of the best experiences! 

It’s all about reading and understanding your crowd. Here’s a little guide to help you!

For the Nature fans

Lucky we have a plethora of nature-inspired artworks! From plants to bouquets, we have the perfect artworks that you could hang up in your home. You can also paint some stunning natural landscapes!

For the pop culture buffs

Put on our house colours Potterhead, and paint our Van Gogh-inspired (and Hogwarts inspired!) ‘Starry Magical Night’! 

Do you feel that? It’s the force. ‘Master Yoda’ sure does excite Star Wars fans who also love their art! Whether you’re a Jedi or like the Dark Side, you’re sure to enjoy this intergalactic themed paint and sip session. 

You don’t need to go to Hollywood to get a taste of this celebrity! Elvis has entered the building – paint the King of Rock and Roll!

For the Animal lovers

These artworks are a hoot! Show your love for a family pet or your favourite animal with a masterpiece created by you.

‘Paint your Pooch’ is perfect for those who live, breathe and would die for their furry friend. You also don’t have to paint a cute puppy, it can be your cat, bird, guinea pig, horse – any pet! 

For the travellers

While some of us might have FOMO for not being able to “find ourselves” overseas in Europe or Asia, we’ve got artworks to cure those travel blues in meantime. All aboard!

For the ocean dwellers

For those who love the ocean breeze and the sand between their toes, these summer-inspired artworks are just for you. Time to wax your surfboards and get ready for summer!

For the family only

If your most special time is with your family, we have artworks that can be painted by the little cousin all the way up to grandma! 

Think you know what you’d like to paint? Enquire for your next paint and sip event today!

Meet The Creative Team: Lola Dixon

Lola Dixon
It’s time to meet the talented & creative people behind the Pinot & Picasso artworks!

We’re starting this new ‘Meet the Artist’ series with the woman who is the head of our Creative Team – Lola Dixon! Lola started as an artist at the Pinot & Picasso Penrith studio and has worked her way into P&P HQ as the Creative Projects Coordinator. We sat down with Lola and chatted about her artistic journey, her favourite paintings, and life outside of P&P!



What do you love about being an artist?

“Ever since I can remember I’ve had a love for creating.  To me art is expressional and used as a way to share unspoken language with the use of colours, textures and shapes.  It amazes me the endless possibilities of art and the many different ways people portray it. Art helps me to open my heart and quiet my mind – it’s a safe place for me to be alone.”

 

How would you describe your style?

“This is a hard question for me as I am always inspired to try the many different art styles, techniques and mediums. I love the use of bright colours and art that holds a deeper message, however I think I am still discovering my art style.”

 

Which type of art form is your favourite to create and why? 

“Another hard question!  I have discovered paint pouring which I LOVE, although its !extremely! messy and has a very long drying time. I also enjoy learning the ins and outs of procreate (a digital platform) – it’s incredible the things you can do on there.”

 

Which Pinot & Picasso artworks have you created?

“I haven’t personally created any Pinot artworks, but I have done a pot design – A Prickly Pot!

I also assist in the idealisation, vision and creative process of new artworks with the help of the wonderful creative team!”

Lola Dixon

What is your favourite P&P session to host and why? 

“Wine O’clock, I love how bright and colourful they all turn out!”

 

If you were a P&P artwork, what would you be?

“Good Vibrations; because I love the feeling of summer, road tripping to the beach with the windows down and I am all about the vibes!”

 

What’s your favourite thing about working at P&P? 

“All of the incredible people that I get to work with! Everyone is so lovely, full of so many great ideas and always happy to help.”

 

What do you like to do outside of P&P?

“I love going out for a boogie with my friends and bf, going to gigs and seeing my favourite bands play, getting arty, baking, I spend a lot of money on coffee and yummy dinners and spend a lot of time at the beach in summer; attempting to learn how to surf.”

NEW Artworks Released this July!

Pinot & Picasso Australia
What could be better than an artwork announcement? Nothing! We’ve got 2 NEW additions to our Pinot & Picasso Artwork Gallery that are a sight for sore eyes! 

It includes a brand spankin’ new painting that is set to be the ‘mane’ attraction. We’ve also refreshed a classic destinations artwork that will make you want to book a trip with your travel agent!

Wait no longer – scroll to see the artworks!

INTO THE LION’S DEN

For the Kings and Queens of the pride, come Into The Lion’s Den for a roaring session painting the jungle leader! 

With BYO drinks and classic playlists, this session is purrrrfect for bringing your pride (besties) along for paint and sip fun! It’s like the Lion King, without the tragic death of Mufasa.

Sunset In Santorini

SUNSET IN SANTORINI

Physically, you’re in our studio painting. Mentally, you are admiring the Sunset in Santorini listening to ABBA!

Put on your Birkenstocks, dig into a Gyro, and pour yourself some Ouzo as you paint our postcard view of the Greek Island. A Sunset in Santorini will be the perfect addition to your home gallery, and also have you booking your next trip to Greece!

These new artworks are now live on session calendars around the country! Find your studio today!

Why Art is a Form of Self-Care

Why Art is a Form of Self-Care

In today’s stressful world, it’s never been more important to stop, take a deep breath, and look after your mental health. Self-care is different for everyone – for some it’s having a skincare routine, others it’s reading a book, or even doing some retail therapy (guilty!). 

We believe art and painting is a form of self-care that comes with so many benefits that are good for the soul. Art is really more than just a craft!

Now, you don’t need to go to Kourtney Kardashian’s POOSH website to find out about art and its benefits for your wellbeing, just keep scrolling to see why! 

MENTAL HEALTH SEEN BETTER DAYS? HERE’S WHY ART WILL HELP.

To put it simply, painting is considered a great way to improve your well-being. It enables you to manage and regulate your emotions, as well as handle psychological distress – sounds like a therapist! Mental health researcher Dorien Eising found that painting alleviates anxiety, depression and stress. And here’s another bonus -people who have engaged with painting experience a boost in confidence, and feel more engaged and resilient.

*immediately starts to check paint and sip sessions*

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU AND THE CANVAS, BUT MAINLY YOU!

Did you know that when you create art, you are making decisions about what you like and feel? When you paint an artwork, you make choices which means paying attention to your inner self, like the colours you use!

At our studios, we always encourage self-expression in a genuine and non-judgmental environment. So much so that you can paint whatever you’d like in a session!

SO, YOU MADE A MISTAKE? YOU CAN DO THAT HERE!

Let’s be realistic, most of us are not full-time artists. Through art, you can embrace your own imperfections and express yourself in an authentic way. There are no expectations when it comes to art so don’t worry if you make a mistake (we always make some!)!

GOODBYE WORK BRAIN, HELLO CAREFREE & COLOURFUL MINDS!

Perhaps one of the reasons why painting has always been a part of culture is that it allows the imagination to run free – it’s giving Bridge to Terabithia vibes, before the sad part. Painting involves a succession of mental activities, from deciding what to paint down to choosing the right brush size and type. Ultimately, painting enhances the brain’s ability to interpret and translate the mental image you have onto the canvas!

ART IS YOUR WINGMAN

Art really allows us to connect with others and eases the feelings of isolation and loneliness – this a sign to log out of Netflix on a Friday night. Creativity is inclusive to everyone and it can also be fun to make art with others.

It bridges human experiences, allows for an exchange of stories and evokes emotions – powerful! Even if you attend a session on your own, you’re experiencing the same thing as others in the room – build that connection!



For something that’s done on an easel, painting does a person a whole lot of good in the grander scheme of things. Try adding art to your self-care routine and book into one of our sessions today!

Zero Alcohol Drinks To Enjoy This Dry July

Zero Alcohol Drinks Dry July
Are you doing Dry July? Here are our suggestions for zero alcohol drinks!

The beauty of BYO is that you have the choice to bring whatever drink you feel like to our paint and sip sessions – you have the power, Picasso! Whether you are bracing for a big night out, a chill afternoon getting creative with friends, or participating in Dry July – we leave the drinks decision up to you! 

For those looking for a zero-alcohol alternative, here are our top recommendations!

ALCOHOL-FREE SPRITZ

You can still enjoy the flavours of your favourite spritzes without a sore head the next day! Thanks to brands like Yes You Can, you can still get your bubbly fix on days where you don’t feel like drinking. 

SOFT DRINK

Sometimes a fizzy drink just hits the spot! You can enjoy your favourite soft drink your way – in a can, bottle or glass at our paint and sip sessions. 

ZERO ALCOHOL BEER

This one is for the blokes, designated drivers or girls who love a cold one! Zero alcohol beer allows you to feel like you’re enjoying a cold one without the alcohol – obvi! Many beers are starting to introduce this to their range, like Better Beer!

JUICE

Our favourite things about juice? It’s delicious AND healthy! There are many perks to having a glass of juice, your body will thank you later. 

ALCOHOL FREE WINE 

The industry that is changing the drinking game! You can now enjoy your favourite wines with delicious alternatives like NON. Plus, if you have a full bottle without feeling guilty! 

 
Even if you aren’t participating in Dry July, you don’t need a reason to try zero alcohol beverages! Bring these drinks along to your next paint and sip session at Pinot & Picasso!

Pinot & Picasso Introduces Neon Nights!

Pinto and Picasso Neon Nights

They say the best things happen when the lights go out…

Neon Nights has arrived at Pinot & Picasso! Our NEW glow in the dark experience really takes our paint and sip sessions to a whole new level. With this exciting environment and creating a masterpiece under UV lights is something so unique – and did we say so much FUN?!

If our regular classes are 10/10 on the fun scale, Neon Nights has just jumped us up to 12/10!

Are you ready to see what our Neon Nights artworks are? We’re gonna take that as a yes!

VAN GLOW

Let us take you deep into the art world, with our Starry Neon Night, inspired by Van Gogh or in our case, Van Glow (we hope you like puns! If not, we don’t recommend reading our FAQs). Anyway, back to the session! 

As you paint your way through our three-hour session, your artwork will come to life as you light up the starry night sky. Be sure to wear white, so you too can glow the night away.

BOOGIE

We like the nightlife and if you like to Boogie… then this groovy artwork is for you! As you spend three-hours painting your very own disco ball in this glow in the dark special, we will have the tunes playing, allowing you to boogie your way right back to the 80’s. You bet ABBA will be playing!

FRESH KICKS

Join all the other kids with their pumped up kicks, painting our retro sneakers ‘Fresh Kicks’ in UV lights. This session isn’t an art class, it’s an experience. With BYO drinks, this glow in the dark special will have you kicking back (sorry, had to!) with 90’s music playing and a whole lotta good vibes being thrown around!

Come and see what all the fuss is about! Book a Neon Nights session at your local Pinot & Picasso studio!

Pinot & Picasso X Go-To Skincare!

Pinot & Picasso Go To Skincare
Pinot & Picasso is partnering with Go-To Skincare this month for an International Self-Care Giveaway!

We believe self-care can be expressed in many ways including a skincare routine, spending quality time with family and friends, and painting your troubles away.

So, what is our giveaway with one of the biggest skincare brands in Australia? Well, it’s the Ultimate Self-Care Package! The winner will receive four tickets to your local Pinot & Picasso studio AND a Go-To DIY Facial Kit – sounds peachy to us! 

Our winner will be announced on July 25th. So, start manifesting, preparing your self-care ritual and check out which session you’d take yourself and three friends to!

How To Show Your Support For NAIDOC Week 2022

NAIDOC Week 2022
NAIDOC Week is celebrated by people from all walks of life, Indigenous and non‑Indigenous.

NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support and amplify the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

This year’s theme – Get up! Stand up! Show up! – encourages all of us to champion institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.

Want to get involved? Big or small, here are ways you can show your support this NAIDOC Week!

 
SUPPORT INDIGENOUS ARTISTS

Aboriginal and Indigenous art goes beyond the paint on the canvas. Every artwork tells a unique and important story that is so personal to the artist. Show your support for this incredible art form by following artists on social media and maybe even purchasing their work!

Here are a few artists our P&P Team love!

SUPPORT LOCAL MUSICIANS

We are so lucky in Australia that we have some incredible Aboriginal and Indigenous musicians killing the music scene. Some of our faves are Baker Boy, Thelma Plum, The Kid LAROI, Yothu Yindi, Briggs, Dan Sultan, Miiesha, and Jessica Mauboy!

ATTEND A LOCAL NAIDOC WEEK EVENT

Many local communities across the country are celebrating NAIDOC Week over the next few days. You can enter your postcode to see if any events are happening in your area here.

Are you running a NAIDOC event? You can also register your event here so others can celebrate with you. 

EDUCATE, EDUCATE, EDUCATE

Knowledge is power, and what you do with that knowledge can be even more powerful. We encourage you to read about, learn, and listen to Indigenous stories. We believe many important lessons are immersed in the Aboriginal culture and history. 

Not sure where to start? Why not find out what Aboriginal land you are on? The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies has created a map of Indigenous Australia. It shows how we are made up of many different and distinct Aboriginal groups, each with its own culture, customs, language and laws. Find your land here. 

If you’re looking for more ways to get involved, check out this Global Citizen article!

NEW: 4 Artworks in Our Gallery!

Pinot & Picasso New Artworks
It’s been a while since our last artworks announcement, hasn’t it Picasso?

We’ve introduced some new artworks to our Artwork Gallery this month – they might look a little familiar! Get your paint brushes at the ready because these new paintings will be added to your Pinot & Picasso bucket list! 

We can’t wait any longer for you to see them – scroll down to see the artworks for yourself!

We’ve given some of your favourite artworks a little makeover, including Northern Lights, Havana Nights, Namaste and Wine O’Clock (previously known as Wine Time). 

Already painted these masterpieces? Nothing wrong with painting them again, especially with their refreshed looks! Book yourself a date with our artworks, your painting pal and your favourite bevvy in tow and join us for a cosy night in at our studios this winter!

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