Sunday, September 18, 2011

Paint Your Pet

by Meghann on September 18, 2011

I came. I painted. I left with my very own custom Maddie portrait.   

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Pretty nifty, right? I love it!

Today was the ‘Paint Your Pet’ class at Painting with a Twist in South Tampa.

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Painting With a Twist is an amazing instructor-led paint studio in South Tampa where they host daily paint classes that teach anybody (and I mean ANYBODYif I can do it, then you can too) how to paint a picture step-by-step.

Usually they start with one picture that the whole class learns, but today’s class was different. Since it was ‘paint your pet’ everything was very individualized and customized.

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Including the actual picture we were painting.

Last week we were all asked to e-mail a photo of our pet for an artist to sketch out before the start of class. (Remember voting on a Maddie photo? ) I was all set to submit one photo of Maddie, when I changed my mind at the last minute and sent this little beauty.

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When I arrived at the studio today, a perfect Maddie sketch was waiting for me.

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That’s a pretty good representation of my little pup.

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It was fun checking out everyone else’s sketches of their pets. I particularly loved the artist’s interpretation of my friend Val’s puggle, Kingston. Just look at that face! How could you not fall in love? Adorable.

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Before we dug in, Val and I brought a little bubbly to get our creative juices flowing.

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The two of us polished off the bottle of champagne before the class was out. I’d say our creative juices were flowing just fine.

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Then it was time to paint!

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Our first step was painting the background. I went with a pretty pink that matched Maddie’s girly personality.

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Then we filled in the base color of fur, followed by the fine details of shadows, eyes, and the cute little nose.

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It started to become real when I saw Maddie’s cute little face really start to shine through.

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I could lie and say this was all me, but it wasn’t. The instructors were amazing and really guided us in painting the perfect pet photos. I could not have done this without them.

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When all was said and done, I was ecstatic with the finished results. It really looks like Maddie!

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All done!

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Our class was full of cute pet photos and amazing artists. The best part was walking around at the end and see what everyone had accomplished.

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Not bad for a bunch of amateurs. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Before the paint class I had some left over black bean and corn salad with blue corn chips and a dollop of plain yogurt for lunch.

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And Val and I munched on pita chips while painting.

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I was inspired by this month’s issue of Rachael Ray Magazine for dinner.

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The issue had featured a Kale, White Bean, and Sausage Soup that caught my attention. Actually, it was just the photo that caught my attention – I didn’t read the recipe.

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Instead, I picked up a bag of kale and a package of turkey Italian sausage from Publix and did my own thing. Starting with some sauteed red onion and carrot. To which I added the sausage. Then the kale. And finally the beans and vegetable broth.

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With a whole grain roll for dipping.

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I just realized this was my third soup creation in a week. I like soup. Obviously. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s been a lazy day and I’m ready for a lazy night.

Good Night!

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