New Restaurant Partner: The Daily Grill!

We’re very pleased to announce that we have a new restaurant where we’ll hold weekly paint nights: The Daily Grill. Located in the heart of the Domain in northwest Austin, the Daily Grill is a fantastic restaurant, featuring grilled steaks, seafood, pasta and a variety of tasty drinks from the bar.

Of course, during paint night, you can order your food and drinks directly to your easel – or go to The Daily Grill early for dinner before you paint. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a fun night painting mixed with the drinks and food from The Daily Grill.

We’ll be at the Daily Grill Mondays starting October 13 and every Monday after that for the foreseeable future. You can view the calendar here.

So register today. And enjoy a night of painting and great food and drinks from The Daily Grill!


First Restaurant Partner Announced for The Dirty Easel: Abel’s North!

We are proud to announce that we have our first location for weekly painting events – Abel’s North. Abel’s is a terrific spot for grilled food, craft beers, and other delicious morsels and sips. They also have a great room reserved for our paint nights. We’ll start there on Tuesday, October 7 and we’ll be there every Tuesday for the foreseeable future. To see the calendar, click here.

Remember, when you sign up, you can join us for painting and order food and drinks directly to your easel – throughout our event.

We’re excited to get to Abel’s and look forward to meeting you there!


Launch of The Dirty Easel

Austin, Texas – September 18, 2014 – Opening today, the Dirty Easel is a unique take on paint events in Austin, Texas. First, the business has no physical location. Rather, it holds painting events in restaurants and bars in Austin. Patrons can see where the events are being held on the company’s website ( and sign up. Patrons can arrive at the location early to get drinks and food, and a member of the wait staff will tend to the crowd.

The second thing that makes The Dirty Easel unique is that each participant paints his or her own unique painting – they do not copy a classic work, as they might at other painting places. This allows painters to get inspired by their own imagination and surroundings. The Dirty Easel’s “Creative Inspirant” provides help and support at the start of and during the event.

According to owner and manager Christiane Michaelis, when participants create their own original painting, something special happens. “It’s not a competition to see who in the session can paint the best Van Gogh. It’s each member of the session enjoying themselves over beer or a cocktail and coming up with something interesting or meaningful to them. Sometimes we get people in who paint a lot – and that’s great. But most often, we get someone that hasn’t painted since they were a kid. And they learn to love painting all over again, which is hugely exciting.”

In addition to their regularly scheduled painting events, The Dirty Easel offers painting events at private parties, kids parties, and even corporate team-building events. They also do pop-up events, where they set up outdoors under a tent at museums, food events, and other events, giving participants a chance to paint.