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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.”

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!

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!

Why Pinot & Picasso is the perfect side hustle

Paint and Sip Side Hustle

Side hustles are becoming more of the norm that we may realise. What can often start as a small hobby that can help you make money on the side, has transformed into a lifetime investment changing peoples’ way of life. 

At Pinot & Picasso, we’ve seen this happen. Many franchisees purchase a Pinot & Picasso studio as a side investment while still working full-time in their field. This side hustle has soon become their passion and drive for getting out of bed in the morning. 

There are plenty of reasons why Pinot & Picasso could be the side hustle you’ve been looking for, and don’t worry – we’ll tell you why!



the experience is the focus

Pinot & Picasso creates a unique and exciting entertainment experience. We perfectly pair two of life’s simple pleasures – art and wine! With this iconic combination, we bring an unforgettable paint and sip adventure every time our studio doors swing open. 

Our business is built on enjoyment, good hospitality, and great customer service with art the supplement to our success.

a side hustle is empowering

Having multiple sources of income can definitely make you feel like a boss in your own right. A side hustle can put more money into your pockets which can help you to pay off any debts, save money and invest into more ventures. 

Not only can it bring you economic value, having a side hustle might include learning a new skill, exploring a passion you didn’t know you had, or discovering a different side to you! 

Nick Loper, creator of the podcast Side Hustle Nation, believes people look to increase their earning potential outside of their 9 to 5 job because multiple sources of income can build to becoming more self-reliant and self-confident.

side hustle turned new career

There are thousands of stories about people who started a side hustle and then it turned into a full-time career. We’ve also seen at Pinot & Picasso that the once side hustle and full-time job switch roles. 

When a side hustle becomes your passion, you set your heart on making it reach its full potential. At Pinot & Picasso, we’ve seen franchisees be allowed to live a flexible lifestyle and make a living thanks to local area marketing, an incredible concept and artworks for all ages that just keep people wanting to come back.

Seeing people make money off the back of doing something they love is one of the most fulfilling things you could ask for in life.

this side hustle can take you places

Considering the rapid growth in franchising, Pinot & Picasso franchisees have had to bite the bullet and look to own a studio remotely. While this may sound like a terrifying thing, we’ve seen incredible success.

Take Rebecca Auld, owner of Pinot & Picasso Bendigo, as a prime example. She couldn’t step foot into the rural community prior to opening her studio, but with strong local area marketing, she sold out her entire opening month. 

Another benefit of this is that it gives you the opportunity to travel to a new place and call it your second home. In saying that, you don’t need to actually be there – the digital nature and mobility of our business allows you to operate from anywhere and everywhere.

the proof is in the pudding

There’s a reason Pinot & Picasso is the fastest growing paint and sip franchise in the country. With undoubted support from the Head Office team, they’ll help you make the most of your Pinot & Picasso studio, whether it’s a side hustle or not! 

The nature of the sip and paint concept makes this side hustle fun and is why it really becomes a lifetime passion for our franchisees. There’s a reason why about 50% of our franchisees own more than one studio. 

Like the idea of a creative, entertaining and exciting side hustle? Learn more about Pinot & Picasso as your next business venture today!

NEW: Mother’s Day Concepts

Pinot & Picasso Mother's Day

Pinot & Picasso and Mother's Day: our favourite duo!

This Mother’s Day release is so special to us, because we are creating an experience that will allow for families, mothers, daughters, and sons to spend quality time together creating a tangible piece of art that will hold special memories for years to come. Time is the most valuable present you could give anyone, and our mother’s day sessions give mothers across Australia three hours with their favourite people! 

See our NEW and exciting concepts for Mother’s Day below!

Love Grows: Paint your Pot

From little things, big things grow! Mothers are our gardeners; they spend their lives growing, caring, watering and loving their little seedlings, being there to support as they continue to grow.

This Mother’s Day, Pinot & Picasso has partnered with Australian Artist and Mother Prudence DeMarchi, to create a commissioned pot design. As you spend quality time with your Mum in our class, you’ll laugh, paint and sip your way through the three-hour session, taking home your very own pot with a unique design that will remind you of the special times you spent together.

Prue regularly spends quality time with her two children painting, finding that it is such a beautiful and therapeutic activity to enjoy together. She hopes you have just as much fun as she did creating these pots, at your class.

Mumsterpiece

You’re a special piece of the artwork, but together you’re a masterpiece. Join us this Mother’s Day for a collaborative artwork in that each canvas alone is beautiful, but together is whole. Sounds familiar, right?

Mum’s allow us to be whole, they hold your hand when you need it, answer the five calls a day to ask “should I get this for dinner?”, and they love you unconditionally. Show Mum, just how special she is to you this Mother’s Day with three hours of quality time, and an artwork to keep full of memories. 

Artwork created by Australian Artist, Melody Suranyi.

Mumdala

A Mandala starts at the core, and expands out to develop into something truly beautiful, much like our relationship with our mothers. 

What we love most about this artwork is how it is able to thrive beautifully on its own, but becomes an even greater, complex and beautiful artwork when combined. 

Our Mumdala artwork is back by popular demand in all studios this Mothers Day, with sessions running across Mothers Day weekend. As with all our artworks, we allow for creativity and design to run free. Participants can paint their backgrounds any colour, and the Mandala design is able to be tailored in any way you wish.

Time to be super organised (just like mum!) and prepare a creative day out at Pinot & Picasso! 

Save with the Victorian Entertainment Program

Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program

Did you hear the good news?

Our Pinot & Picasso studios are eligible for the Victorian Entertainment Program! You can now claim a 25% rebate on public session tickets over $40 at our studio! 

Once you have purchased your tickets, you will receive a receipt which will have all the required details for you to enter your claim and return some hard earned cash back into your pockets! 

Find out all you need to know about this new program from the Victorian Government by reading the images below!

Pinot & Picasso X An American in Paris

Pinot & Picasso x An American in Paris

This is an announcement worth singing, dancing, and painting about! Pinot & Picasso is partnering with An American in Paris in the ultimate giveaway for musical connoisseurs, ballet fans and arts & culture lovers in Melbourne and Sydney! 

Hailed as a tour de force for its stunning choreography, the four-time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, An American in Paris, tells the entrancing story of a young American soldier and a beautiful French girl, set against the iconic backdrop of the most romantic city in the world.

We’ll be running EXCLUSIVE sessions with a bespoke ‘An American in Paris’ artwork – it’s just as beautiful as the show itself! Buy tickets to this special session and you’ll have a chance to WIN 1 of 10 Reserve A tickets to the show!

Inspired by the Academy Award®-winning film, acclaimed director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon brings the enchantment and magic of Paris to buoyant life with popular songs by George and Ira Gershwin, including I Got Rhythm, S Wonderful, But Not For Me and They Can’t Take That Away From Me. 

This rhapsodic combination of classic score, timeless love story, exuberant dance and sumptuous design has captivated audiences and critics alike, with The Wall Street Journal declaring it “a masterpiece!”

Now playing in Melbourne, this breath-taking musical in a ground-breaking collaboration between The Australian Ballet and GWB Entertainment is not one to miss! Buy tickets to our Pinot & Picasso x An American in Paris session to WIN Reserve A tickets! 

The Easter Bunny has Arrived at Pinot & Picasso!

Pinot & Picasso Easter 2022

The Easter Bunny has arrived at Pinot & Picasso! Instead of leading you a trail to find some Easter eggs, we’ve got them right here to show you!

We’ve got a brand NEW Easter artwork joining our super cute gallery, as well as past Easter favourites that are perfect for the entire family!

Scroll to see our Easter artworks unwrapped!

CHICK’N LITTLE

What came first, the chicken or the chocolate egg? This won’t be the only thought you have when painting our NEW Easter artwork, Chick’n Little! 

This cute chook surrounded by colourful Easter eggs will help you get into the spirit of Easter – and by that we mean snacking on chocolate while you paint!

EGGcELLENT 

A popular artwork from last year’s chocolate-loving holiday, Eggcellent is back for another year! Follow our artist’s guide or create an Easter egg of your own with this artwork! 

Not only is this artwork eggcellent, it’s also eggciting to paint! Okay, I’m finished with the egg puns.

BOHO BUNNY

This adorable artwork will have you hopping into our studios this Easter! It’s fun for every bunny to do these school holidays. 

This Easter classic is a favourite among all ages – you can’t deny the pretty Boho Bunny!

All of our Easter sessions are now live! Book you, your bestie, your family and friends into a class today!

What to Wear to a Paint and Sip Class

What to wear to a paint and sip class

We get it. It can be a tough decision to decide how you want to dress for your paint and sip session or private function. There are many factors to consider – what occasion you’re celebrating, your location, how formal or casual it is, what other people are wearing – it can be all too much! 

Here are some tips from our Pinot & Picasso hosts to help you dress to impress:

Comfort is key

Nothing worse than regretting wearing something that you just don’t feel comfy in. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple! Jeans and a nice top will always look on brand at the Pinot & Picasso studios. 

White is for the daring! 

While you might wear pink on Wednesdays, white is just not the colour when dealing with messy products like paint. We may dare you to wear white, but think carefully! If you’re planning to go out on the town after your paint and sip class, it might be best to choose a colour that could camouflage any paint spots!

Leave your designer clothes for the runway

No one wants to hear someone complaining about paint on their clothes, especially designer clothes. Those articles of clothing are not designed for art studios. Keep them paint-free by keeping them hung up in your wardrobe. You’ll thank us later!

This also goes for clothing of sentimental value. It’s easier to save it for another occasion!

Swap high heels for low riders

We recommend wearing enclosed shoes but it isn’t a necessity. You may come to a public session that is more of a casual vibe or P&P could be a stop for a Hens activity – whatever the occasion may be, think about which shoes you’d be happy to wear.

We welcome all footwear (please don’t come in bare feet!) to our sessions. The choice is really yours for your sip and paint class. 

Be prepared for spillages! 

As mentioned above, sometimes paint just somehow lands on your clothes, in your hair, or on your skin. You’ll question how it got there but nevertheless, it’s there. Being stylish can come at a cost but do be prepared for the worst case scenario – don’t worry, no Carrie moments have happened in our studios!

While you will be wearing a P&P apron, we can’t guarantee that you might get a splash of paint on yourself – it’s all part of the fun. 

Do it for the ‘Gram

You can ignore all our suggestions – we may do that too! We always encourage posting to Instagram when you’re at our sessions. Stories or posts, we love to see you having the most fun at our studios! 

If this plays a part in what you wear, c’est la vie. We just sounded like Emily in Paris! 

All in all, just be you! You never go out of style, as good ol’ Taylor Swift once sang! Book your next Pinot & Picasso session today!

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NEW: 6 Artworks have Landed!

Pinot & Picasso New Artworks

It’s time to pack your suitcases and get ready to paint your way around the world! We’ve got SIX destinations for you to explore at Pinot & Picasso! Yep – that means SIX new artworks to add to your bucket list!

Boarding is now open! Take your assigned seat and check out our brand new artworks below!

CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON

Looks familiar, doesn’t it? The highest mountain in Japan deserves the highest level of detail from us! In this painting, we take a day trip to Mt Fuji, stop off at Pagoda and swoon over the beautiful cherry blossoms falling like snow. This painting is for those who enjoy painting in detail.

COLOSSEUM

Gladiators! Swap your swords for paintbrushes as we visit the largest ancient amphitheatre ever built. As we sit, sing and sip, our artist will guide you through each step, and you’ll be left wondering… how on earth did they build this in mediaeval times? Turn this visit to Italy  into ‘Eataly’, and purchase a grazing box ready for you on arrival!

EVIL EYE

As a Greek tradition, it is said that the Evil Eye will protect those in its company from bad spirits (wish I knew that before meeting my ex!). As we paint this iconic symbol, we ask you to manifest the bad spirits you don’t want following you around, and display this proudly in your home to keep them away.

LANTERN FESTIVAL

The Lantern Festival in many cultures celebrates romance, community, freedom and reunions. This artwork is perfect for reconnecting with friends and family! Join us to light up the night sky, as we paint this lovely lunar scene.

LEMONCELLO

When life gives you lemons, display them beautifully on your table for that little pop of aesthetic colour, or make a gin & tonic! Our Lemoncello artwork is bringing you Amalfi Coast vibes! This stunning artwork will be a zesty addition to your home and all interiors!

TI AMO TUSCANY

Sticking with Italy, because why not?! Escape to the vineyards of Tuscany in this three-hour session. As you sip back and relax, bring your own finest drop as you paint your very own outlook of the Tuscan wine country. This painting is best displayed in your office or your home to gaze at daily from where you’d rather be.

Now that you’ve seen all the destinations, it’s time to organise your next trip to Pinot & Picasso!

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