We (and the rest of the world) were totally captivated by Big Little Lies when the series hit HBO earlier this year. Based on the bestselling book by Liane Moriarty, the darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief follows several mothers of first graders – the main three played by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley – as they contend with rumors and relationship issues. Beyond the eery, addicting story, the picturesque setting of Monterey, California and the on-point soundtrack made the limited series a must-see. They also made for a lovely evening at a Big Little Lies Paint & Sip night.
Last week, we had the pleasure of attending this Big Little Lies-themed event in honor of the show’s home entertainment and soundtrack release. We joined fellow writers at Paint & Sip Studio LA, where we enjoyed wine and cheese (and more wine) while our wonderful instructor Tamara walked us through bringing a beautiful Monterey landscape to life on our canvases. Though it was a little nerve-wracking trying to turn a blank canvas into some semblance of a gorgeous California beach scene, the Big Little Lies soundtrack – featuring favorite tracks like “Big Little Heart,” “River,” “September Song,” and much more – playing in the background set a fun, relaxed environment.
The class was also a great experience. Speaking as someone who definitely doesn’t have much of an art background, I was very pleased with how my painting turned out. Bringing out the ocean, cliff face, shoreline, mountains, and grass by layer took a long time, but it was so satisfying to see the end result (which wasn’t too embarrassingly far off from the reference photo). I did kind of want to add a little printout of Shailene Woodley’s character, Jane, running along the cliff with her iPod – but so far, I’ve restrained myself.
If you want to get your Big Little Lies on, check out the series – available now for Digital Download and coming to Blu-ray and DVD August 1st from HBO Home Entertainment – and the fantastic soundtrack, available digitally from ABKCO Records and HBO Global Licensing. If you want to host your own Paint & Sip night at home, we’ll bring the rosé.
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