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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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ˜‰

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

Good Night!

1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Woah! That is so awesome! You did a great job – there were some really good artists in your class!
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2 Sweet and Savvy September 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

How fun! Your painting looks awesome! πŸ™‚
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3 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 18, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I love the painted Maddie– almost as cute as the real thing πŸ˜‰

I have GOT to find one of these paint-it-yourself places in my area– I’m sure it’s a total blast (espesh with a friend and a little bubbly!).
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4 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm

that sounds like such a fun class to take with a friend! And even more fun with mimosas!
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5 Kristin @ FoodFash September 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I’ve been teasing Val about where she should hang her Kingston portrait all week! You guys did such a good job!!!
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6 Corey @ Learning Patience September 18, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Those pictures came out great! How fun, good job girl! :-). Love the use of bubbles to increase the creativity…it works every time for me!
xoxo from Trinidad
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7 Matteson @Healthy High Schooler September 18, 2011 at 9:39 pm

That’s SO cool! I love the pink background. I’d like to try something like this but I’m not artistic at all though, so it seems a little challenging.

8 Army Amy* September 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Your painting turned out great! I lovr the pink background with Maddie’s fur coloring!*
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9 Deva @ Deva by Definition September 18, 2011 at 9:54 pm

That looks like a really great painting of Maddie, and a really fun class :-).
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10 Mallory @ It's Only Life September 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm

You are so artistic! My dad is an artist yet I have inherited NO artistic skills from him… quite sad.

That soup looks awesome; I know it’s kale, but it reminds me of this broccoli rabe & white bean creation my Italian grandma makes.
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11 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Haha Maddie looks great! I want to do this with Popcorn!
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12 River September 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

wow some of those paintings are really good! Looks like fun πŸ™‚
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13 Sana September 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Awww have you shown Maddie the painting?
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14 Katy (The Singing Runner) September 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I love the finished product! Great job Meghann! πŸ™‚
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15 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Maddie came out great! The last 2 pictures are pretty awesome too. Looks like a poodle and something (?) else…
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16 Jess@atasteofconfidence September 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm

So cute! good job.
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17 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 18, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Your friend’s dog is SO cute! He looks like he’s smiling πŸ™‚
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18 Elisabeth September 18, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Everybody’s paintings were awesome! That is such a fun painting class idea πŸ™‚

19 Heather September 19, 2011 at 12:05 am

How cute! I would love to paint a pic of my pup. That soup looks awesome too!
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20 Nikki September 19, 2011 at 12:12 am

That looks like SO much fun! Your painting of Maddie turned out great! I like that they had the outline sketched our for everyone before you got there πŸ™‚
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21 Lauren @ Ultra Lauren September 19, 2011 at 12:18 am

That portrait is adorable!
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22 Molly September 19, 2011 at 12:56 am

painting your pet looks like so much fun! in an art class back in high school I had to sketch then paint my pet and was really happy with how it turned out– but I would have much rather had an artist sketch my dog!
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23 Ari @ Ari's Menu September 19, 2011 at 1:43 am

That looks like so much fun! Your painting came out great! I have to find a place in Phoenix that offers something similar!
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24 Khushboo September 19, 2011 at 2:54 am

Holy shiz those pics are amazing! What was Maddie’s reaction when she saw it??

25 Lara @TresLaLa September 19, 2011 at 3:12 am

That looks so amazing! I really want to do one of these here in LA!

26 erica September 19, 2011 at 3:23 am

looks awesome! i’d like to paint my pet! πŸ™‚
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27 Jessi @ Quirky Cookery September 19, 2011 at 5:17 am

Awww, great job! I can barely draw a stick figure as it is, but it sounds like the instructors really made this is a “no fail” kind of environment.
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28 Rachel September 19, 2011 at 5:37 am

What an awesome activity – you have such creative ideas!

29 Kelly September 19, 2011 at 5:55 am

I want one of Oliver and Sadie! πŸ™‚
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30 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups September 19, 2011 at 6:40 am

This looks like such a blast! I would love it if they offered something like this near me!
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31 MizFit September 19, 2011 at 6:42 am

wow

thats seriously AMAZING.
Id love to paint my bullmastiff but Im pretty confident it would be, uh, a weetad of a mess πŸ™‚

32 Ali @ Ali Runs September 19, 2011 at 8:06 am

What a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon! You’re painting came out great!
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33 Tania @ Health Macadamia September 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

I’d be the worst pet painter ever! Kudos to you for doing so well!

34 Hope September 19, 2011 at 8:26 am

Great job on the painting!! It looks beautiful! πŸ™‚
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35 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 19, 2011 at 9:05 am

OKAY coool! I love this idea πŸ™‚ And it looks great-nice job!
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36 Cait's Plate September 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

Wow – you painted that?!?! I’m SO impressed!!

37 Alaina September 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm

How adorable!! I would love to paint pictures of my parents cats for them. Although it would just be two grey, furry circles with eyes. Haha. πŸ™‚
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38 Sophie September 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Aw those sketches are amazing! This class is such a cool idea!
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