Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Paint your Pet at Painting With a Twist in Atlanta, and Nationwide

Good times at Painting with a Twist! 
I am not an artist.

I have no drawing abilities whatsoever.

So when I heard about Painting with a Twist, a new place in Atlanta where you and your friends get together to paint, drink wine and have a fun night out, I was intrigued... and yes, a wee bit nervous.

I had already heard about this concept from my sister, who got all the painting genes in our family. Her pieces of art looked amazing, but then again she has the talent for it, right?

Nevertheless, I agreed to go and dragged two of my non-artistic friends with me. Safety in numbers, I figured.

The concept behind Painting with a Twist is that you bring your own beverages (wine was the beverage of choice for most of the attendees on our night) and snacks and they supply the canvas, paint and brushes.

They also (THANKFULLY!) provided two professional artists to help us out and give instruction.

We attended on a "paint your pet" night, but they also have nights where you paint one of their existing pieces of art. The artwork ranges from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of seafood, animals, iconic buildings and florals.

Our night was a bit different in that each of us painted our own pet!

Here's how it works

Here's the photo I sent in of Rocco and the provided line drawing
Ahead of time, we sent in a photo of our pet and the Painting with a Twist artists created a line drawing outline. That was a start, but I had never applied brush to canvas before and still had no idea of what to do.

That's where the nice artists came in, they gave instruction on where to start -- we started by filling in the background, who knew!

I went with a dark blue background to offset Rocco gold tones
They also provide you with a color palate and will bring you more paint as necessary.

But after the background, I still had no clue. Rocco has like a jillion colors in him, so where to start?

The professionals said to start with the dark colors first and start to layer, whatever that means.

Uh oh, Could this be right? They told me to trust the process, or something like that.

More paint, more paint! I was apparently being too stingy with my color.

It's starting to take shape. I now see my dog as a bit of purple, blue, red, gold and all sorts of colors in between. Wow! 
Rocco sure is a dog of many colors.

We saved the eyes, nose and mouth until last. Probably because those are the hardest and they didn't want us to flip out before we even started!

Again, the professionals came to my rescue and helped guide me through the important details, what to paint first, where the highlights go....

Ta-da!! An artist is born!

My friends' pups came out great, too. You may remember Bingo and Codie from previous posts.

The three amigos in the flesh...

Rocco is also a dog of many expressions, and hair-dos.

We had such a fabulous time and went home with an original painting that we did ourselves! 

I can't say enough about how nice and helpful all the folks were at Painting With a Twist in Buckhead. We're ready to go back again!

More about Painting with a Twist in Buckhead, Atlanta

  • Painting With a Twist offers private parties in their party room. No additional fee, just require a minimum of 10 painters. You get:
    • Use of a private room
    • Personal instructor
    • Choice of painting from their library of over 4,500 paintings
If you're interested, don't wait around! Their classes fill up FAST! Check out upcoming classes here.

Giving Back through Painting

Here's something else that's really cool about Painting with a Twist. Because the company owners were both fundraisers in their previous positions, they are committed to giving back to their communities and created Painting with a Purpose, a monthly fundraising event held at Painting with a Twist locations to help raise funds that stay in each local market.

The partnering nonprofits have included St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, the Al Copeland Foundation, Leaps & Bounds Sports Center and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Check here to see if there's a Painting with a Purpose event coming up near you.

Find a location near you

Painting with a Twist has 218 franchise locations nationwide. Find a location near you in their find a studio guide.

Thank you Painting With a Twist for making painting so much fun! Can't wait to do it again!

Happy painting!

We were provided with complimentary passes to attend Paint Your Pet at Painting with a Twist. All opinions expressed herein are our own.


  1. That looks like such fun!! I would LOVE to go there and do that! And your painting is amazing; you should be very proud!!

    1. Thank you! I'd love to do a different one of Rocco's many looks! Hope you get to paint, too!

    2. فقد تكون من اكثر الاشخاص الباحتين عن شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض لما له من اثار خطيره على عفش المنزل فهو يقوم بتاكل عفش منزلك ويستطيع ان يتغذى على الخشب المكون منه اثاث المنزل لذا ينصخ يالبحن عن شركة مكافحة النمل الابض بالرياض لها القدره على التخلص من النمل بكافة انواعها وكذلك التخلص من اليرقات التى تنتج عن هذا النوع
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  2. Yes I agree with the above commenter Earl.
    It sure looks fun.
    You did a great job, as did your friends too.

    1. Thank you! Hope you get the chance to try this. It is a super fun night out!

  3. Nice work with great subjects!

  4. That turned out great! I've done two paint your pet's portrait nights in our area so I have one of Barley and Soth. It's so interesting to see how different people teach the same concepts--we were told to start with the eyes and nose because "that's what makes your pet yours and if you get those down the rest doesn't really matter" and you're so right, it did make things start out on a stressful note! I thought I was picking an easy subject when I picked my all white cat, but that ended up being way harder than my tri-colored dog--our instructor spent a lot of time helping me learn about shading ;)

    1. I agree that the eyes and nose brought the painting, and Rocco, to life! That's interesting that they started with that. I needed A LOT of help with the eyes and nose. My first eyes looked like big black blobs... He looked like a zombie! ha!

  5. I love Painting with a Twist! My painting of Bentley doesn't look nearly as good as yours! LOL! I've been a few times with my daughter-in-law and it is so much fun. They gave me a gift certificate to go again for Mother's Day! Yay!

  6. That is pretty cool! Sort of like a giant kids coloring project with instructions! Love it!

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