HE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST, with its soothing palette of aquamarine, golden sand, pastel sherbets and burnt umber, can inspire even the most timid of artists to take up a paintbrush. Making the most of its unsurpassed location, The Resort at Pelican Hill® has blended that inspiration with canvases, tubes of paint and a splash of bubbly during popular Painting & Prosecco events that turn art class into a walk in the park.
Whether you are a guest or a local like me, begin by strolling through the airy lobby and onto its expansive terrace. Take in the ocean air, the undulating grassy knolls and the play of shadow and light on the Resort’s classic Italian architecture. I felt as if each foot was lifted for me as I floated down the steps onto the event lawn, the magnificent Rotunda standing as proud backdrop.
At the helm of Painting & Prosecco is Timree Gold, a Newport Beach art guru whose effervescent personality and carefree style render the evening approachable and just plain fun. Gold’s step-by-step methodology for acrylic painting on canvas is easy for beginners to follow and a welcome refresher for more experienced artists.