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Painting parties are all the rage. Friends, brides-to-be, “the boys” and more are getting together for nights out that combine alcohol with art. Until recently, that meant drawing landscapes, woodland creatures or bowls of fruit, but what if it could be more than that?

Well, there is a way to move beyond the cherry blossoms and city skylines for another kind of twig and berries. That something? A naked man. (With champagne, of course.)

Graphite Stallions is the latest to enter the art scene. The Toronto event company has added a little spice to the mix with their naughty — and classy — art parties by having their guests draw a hot, nude male model.

Co-founders and entrepreneurs Martha Malloy and Kirstin Bojanowski wanted to “abolish” what they believe has become a tired cliché in the world of bachelorettes. “We say ‘no’ to penis hats and bubblegum pink sashes…and wanted an alternative where everybody can have a good time, even the mother of the bride,” say the founders.

But it’s not just bachelorettes. Whatever the situation, Graphite Stallions has you covered — even if their models aren’t. They also do birthdays, gay bachelor parties, team building workshops and divorce parties. You name it, they’ve got the stallion for you. Giddy. Up.

He starts off scantily clad with a towel wrapped around his waist. Then, depending on whether guests want a more conservative vibe, the stallion can keep it around him…

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… or he can drop it like it’s hot. (Which is the package we opted for, because, of course.)

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There are two house rules: no photography when the model is nude; and no touching, just drawing. And honestly, it’s not even about that. Because after a while, something odd happens. It’s like he’s not even there. Really. Yes, we know, hot naked dude flexing, posing uncomfortably with a ladder, standing buck before us… But once you get your art on, you barely notice him and the focus becomes solely on the masterpiece on your easel.

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Not to say that the model (Gordon A. Coutts, in this case) isn’t charming and delightful, because he most certainly is. Coutts, incidentally, may be putting it all “out there,” but insists he never feels as though he’s “on display.” On the contrary, he finds that live nude drawing “truly allows you to liberate that comfortability to a higher level of self-understanding and acceptance.”

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Gordon adds that those who are shy or intimidated by the whole thing (being up close and personal with a naked hottie and/or showing off your artistic talents) just need to “relax and have fun, [and] don’t be afraid to laugh and have a good time. It’s an evening for some sophisticated fun where you can show off your creative side and create memories with your friends that last a lifetime.”

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So that’s what happens. And there’s absolutely nothing sexual or mortifying about it. It was simply a way to channel the artiste you may or may not have known was hiding deep inside you, while having a good time with your nearest, dearest and best-est. And if a naked man just happens to be flexing nearby, well, all the better.

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