At Painting with a Twist, we have over 350 franchised studios nationwide. Each studio has about 5-6 artists working at each location. These are creatively talented in various ways. Some are painters. Some work with textiles. Some even focus on creating sculptures. Then, we have artists who have talents that are slightly less traditional… bringing us to body artist, Ms. Brittney Pelloquin.
See, Brittney has many talents – photography, sculpture, print-making – but her passion is in body painting. Brittney creates whole worlds on the skin of her subjects. Her art will dazzle and inspire you.
Brittney managed the Painting with a Twist studio in Lafayette, LA for three years before moving to Houston. There she explored the art form of body painting and never looked back. She even became a contestant on the show, Skin Wars!
Her talent is undeniable. Back in April, the art studio put on a show where a dancer morphed out of a 12-foot mural – and Brittney was tasked with creating the camouflage.
Can you find the dancer?
Brittney Pelloquin is an accomplished world body painter and fine artist. She is a tv contestant on Skin Wars Season 3, is ranked as the No. 8 body painter in the nation at the 2014 Living Art America in Atlanta, and placed 10th in the World Professional Brush and Sponge Category at the 2016 World Bodypainting Festival in Austria.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Brittney lives and works as a visual artist who paints on any surface that comes her way. She earned her degree in Visual Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and now takes art to the next level by painting live art on the human body, known as “body painting”. For Brittney, living art is the most exciting and fulfilling work because it allows her to give a new meaning to the artistic beauty of the nude human figure in all its natural shapes and sizes.
Brittney’s passion for the arts began in her youth. Her strong family support fueled her interest for her to pursue this passion in life. She began to notice the great impact she made on others lives through her work. Bringing a sense of joy and excitement to others is ultimately what created her road for where she is today. She found herself pondering the question, “What is life without feeling any happiness or love, and what am I doing to achieve this?” Brittney focuses her attention on pouring her love into each piece that she creates and like most individuals, she struggled at times trying to find herself as an artist. She knew working directly with people is what gave her the most satisfying reward. It wasn’t until she began the journey in body painting that she truly understood her purpose in life. […Read more here]
Okay, yeah, we’re a little obsessed with nail styles. Fancy tips just make a girl feel prettier. It’s such a simple way to build your confidence and we fully embrace it every chance we get.
With a Painting with a Twist library of 11,000+ pieces of art, it only seems right to match the paintings up with some seriously creative nail art! This is nail inspiration at it’s finest.
Want more ideas? Check out the “Looks & Nail Art” section on Essie’s website – we’re obsessed.
Which one are you dying to paint?! We’re can’t wait to see pics of all your fancy nail art too! Post them in the comments. The photo with the most likes may get a special prize!
It’s fall! Time for changing of the leaves and routines. Are you looking for different DIYs to bring some of that autumn spirit into your home, but don’t have the time to look for any inspirational ideas? We have got you covered!
There’s no doubt you are focusing on getting reacclimated to schedules filled with school schedules, homework, and after-school games. It’s completely understandable if the time left to think about bringing warm colors of fall into your home has been given to coordinating time slots between soccer and football practices.
There are so many different ways to incorporate the season changes into your home, we thought it might be nice to give you some festive DIY ideas to help you create a cozy, organized decor for fall.
Which idea are you most excited to try? Each one is so much fun. Please post pictures of your projects below. We’re dying to see how your’s turn out.
Turn list-keeping into a fun family activity! This charming wooden cutout adds a touch of cute to your kitchen and a fun place for everyone for notes and reminders to each other.
These little pumpkin yarn balls are so simple and easy to create. They make a great weekend decoration DIY project for you and the kids!
Click here to watch Debbie Chapman break down the process of making these precious pumpkins step-by-step: http://onelittleproject.com/yarn-pumpkins/
Did you know Fall is also prime time for Purple Martin Bird to make their annual visit? Since these birdhouses are man-made structures, not only do these DIY gourd birdhouses look neat, they also attract these birds.
Let Martha Stewart herself bring you through the process of creating your own: http://www.marthastewart.com/264245/gourd-birdhouse
This DIY project instantaneously made us fall back in love with candy jars. Take your Halloween Candy game up a notch this year with these incredibly adorable pumpkin pots!
Real Housemoms walk you through how to create your own in their clever post: http://realhousemoms.com/diy-pumpkin-terracotta-pots
Your threshold gets an enormous amount of much this time of year. Why not make sure it represents your family in the best way possible? This family monogram is just one option to make over your door this season.
Sometimes the tiniest accents make all the difference in a room’s feel – wouldn’t you agree? These adorable colorful acorns are the perfect addition to any room this season and they’ll last!
Click here to learn how to make this simple addition: https://www.homestoriesatoz.com/fall-2/how-to-paint-acorns.html
Pine cones. They one of the most fun parts of Fall. This little DIY project is a perfect weekend activity for you and the kids. Spend some time looking for the pine cones, decorate them and then watch the fruits of your labor.
Here’s the link to learn how to make these step-by-step: https://www.freebiefindingmom.com/easy-fall-crafts-using-pine-cones/
Our favorite animal to watch dig the seed out of the peanut butter are the squirrels! Their little feet get all peanut buttery – it’s hilarious. What’s your favorite animal to spot?
Doesn’t Thanksgiving feel forever away? With all those Fall schedules, we found it’s better to start planning the holiday season now – even your decorations.
Here are easy, step-by-step directions on how to make your holiday spread even more festive: http://www.marthastewart.com/273201/festive-foliage
Quickly transform your guest bathroom into a place where your Q-Tips and cotton balls get a festive home as well! These cute little Halloween jars are the perfect touch to add a quick Fall splash.
Thanks to the ladies at The 36th Avenue, they are super easy to make as well: http://www.the36thavenue.com/diy-pumpkin-mason-jars/
A super quick way to spruce up your decor for Fall is to paint something yourself! Not only will you be proud of how glam the feeling in your house has become when your friends and family you can also be proud that you made it yourself.
As an artist, the creation process can be a struggle – as any of you who may have used paint brushes at a Painting with a Twist will fully understand. A rollercoaster of emotions that go into creating art. They range from totally excited, to totally defeated – over and over again. Sometimes, these emotions are so intense, it’s hard to remember to slow down, chill out, and just enjoy the process.
Portuguese artist José Lourenço encapsulates that concept by making the process his art. Even I forget to look at my brush that holds the same paint that will enchant me once it’s on the canvas. I’m looking at it now though… very closely.
Lourenço’s on going series is called “Ice Cream” and it is evident why. The color combos are spot on and light up my brain as I browse over each image. Take one glance over at his Instagram Account and you’ll be in awe of his creative techniques for applying the color. These brushes are gravely inspiring.
It’s hard to look away at the gooey rainbow mounds that resemble melting gobstoppers. DesignBoom describes his work as “vibrant array of pigments and paints to create subtly swirling color compositions. the vibrant daubs are then heavily dipped onto paint brushes and photographed against both natural and colorful backdrops. the resulting forms look good enough to eat. ice cream-like shapes seemingly ooze strawberry swirls, orange essence, and a punch of pineapple, when these pictures are actually just paint heightening our hunger…” I’m enchanted by these colorful globs of creamy paint and even tried recreating a few at home during a little paint sesh.
Painter, draftsman, and graphic artist.
José Toledo Piza Lourenço Júnior studied drawing with Nelson Nóbrega at the Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation, Faap, São Paulo, between 1962 and 1965. In that same year, he traveled to Bahia, where he executed the series of Lavadeiras drawings. Between 1965 and 1967, he worked as a writer for Editora Abril in the publications Realidade e Conhecer. In 1987, he was chosen the best painter of the year by students of the Chapel School, in São Paulo.
One of the most touching elements of working at Painting with a Twist is the sense of creative community that surrounds you as a part of this organization. Within our system, we certainly feel it. Our franchisees, artists, and corporate employees are an extension of our family. The feeling of a creative community just the nature of our fabric… it’s truly who we are.
Many times this hits our customers – HARD.
One such customer, Jodi sent us an email at the beginning of January that sang through the bustle of planning for 2017. You see, her son, Zachary has autism. Therefore, not only does he have a service animal, but he has particular needs. Jodi was struggling to find an outlet for Zachary when she found the creative community at Painting with a Twist in Cedar Park, TX.
The studio owner, Sylvia and her staff welcomed Zachary and his service dog back in November 2014. Quickly they began to encourage Jodi to leave Zachary with them. He’s been painting with their creative community now [many times a week] for over two years and practically runs the show during class.
Zachary’s favorite painting is the hot air balloon. He liked it so much, instructor, Ginger painted him his own apron with that picture and his name on it. Really, it seems instructors have made the biggest impact. They have brought him into the fold of the community and met Zachary where HE needs them.
It’s incredibly warming to hear the creative spirit Painting with a Twist was built on continues to spread nationwide. We adore our customers and franchisees. Zachary’s story is exactly what we are trying to build – from coast to coast.
*Thank you for sharing your story, Jodi.
**Sylvia, you and your staff continue to bless our entire system just by being part of it.
If you would like to read through Jodi’s entire email, it is below.
Original Email – January 11, 2017
I just wanted to take the time to tell you how wonderful one of your franchise locations is doing.
Sylvia is the owner of the Cedar Park (Austin), Texas location. She and her staff have been so great with my son who has autism. Let me back up and start at the beginning. In November of 2014, we were looking for something that my son could do during the break. After calling places and being turned down because of the autism and having a service dog, many places flat out told us no that he couldn’t come in. They were concerned that things would be too hectic for him or that he and his dog would be too much of a distraction to others. I happened to call the Cedar Park PWAT just because of its location. After speaking with Sylvia she said it was no problem for him to come and his dog was definitely welcome.
Summer of 2015, found us once again looking for something for him to do that also wouldn’t break the bank and would permit him to attend with younger kids because he was 17. Sylvia came to the rescue again! He attended summer camp for one week and a day or two each week throughout the summer. When Zachary first started attending, we had to stay with him for a little bit. By the time he started for the second week, he didn’t even want us going to the door. Sylvia gave us multiple discounts from giving us a free session to giving him gift certificates. Without her doing this, there was no way that he would have been able to paint so much that summer.
When camp ended, Zachary had such a great time that he wanted to keep painting. He now paints twice a month, sometimes more. Sylvia even let him paint in the evenings without us before he turned 18 because he and his dog weren’t a problem.
There was a painting that had a hot air balloon that he wanted to paint. That class was canceled and rescheduled multiple times. Finally, they put it on the schedule and said that even if Zachary was the only one they would still do it. We had our money returned to us for the cancellations, we were given a gift certificate because of how upset Zachary kept getting and he was able to paint it for free when the class was finally held. Zachary liked the hot air balloon painting so much that the one instructor (Ginger) painted him his own apron with that picture and his name on it.
Sylvia and her staff also understand how a routine is necessary for my son. Each time he paints, they have his usual spot for him ready: near the tv in the large room or on the end by the instructor when in the small room. They also know how important it is to stay on schedule and not go over the allotted time. He will tell them when the break is over or when they have five minutes left in class. Each instructor is so understanding of him and his needs. They don’t mind that he has to show up more than 15 minutes early and walk around all the studios. They know that this is just how Zachary is and are okay with it.
Finally, there are the instructors themselves. Each of them had put me at ease and made me feel comfortable leaving him when he first started going there. They are all very encouraging of Zachary’s painting attempts and like the dimension, he adds to his paintings (to me, it’s just paint applied too thickly). While he likes all of the instructors that he has painted with, Ginger is by far his favorite. There are times he might find a painting he likes but won’t sign up for it because she isn’t the one teaching it.
All I can say is that as a parent of a child with autism, it’s great that Sylvia and her staff so willingly invited my son into their studio without giving it a second thought when so many other places turned him away. I have friends who also have children with autism or Down syndrome and they have also said that the experience their child has received is exceptional.
Not often does someone walk into your life and spark a little piece of your heart that you didn’t realize was dulled. Our Corporate Artist, Denise Hopkins is that spark. Her story is one of perseverance, love, and an unrelenting determination to follow a dream. We’re so proud of her, we thought we’d brag a bit…
We all go through moments of loss and Denise’s story is no different. A few years back, she found herself divorcing with surmounting debt and a rocking little boy on the way. But, she also had a passion for painting and was determined to pursue a life that could be sustained by her talent.
She swallowed her pride and moved back home to be with her parents who could [thankfully] help her raise her baby boy while she found work. Then, Denise stumbled across a Craigslist post that would change the course of her life. She found Painting with a Twist… or rather, we were lucky enough to have her find us.
The moment Denise stepped into the studio the first time, she was a natural. Even though, being on the studio stage wasn’t a comfortable place for her at first. She overcame those feelings and showed a level of empathy for her painting guests that made everyone feel at ease. Her spark shone brightly.
Years later, Denise has helped us open numerous studios all over the country and continues to spread her joy and touch lives throughout the entire company.
Today, Denise still works with us part time as a traveling artist and picks up classes every now and then, but her full-time job is a commissioned oil painter. She grew her business through a program called, 30 Paintings in 30 Days and on day 15 she sold her first piece. Denise hasn’t looked back.
Her home is filled with paintings and she actively works every day on her practice. Denise also paints live at events so she’s got her hands full. Last year, she bought her first home… all by herself.
Passion, determination, and the will to win. Her spark. We adore you, Denise. Thank you for being part of our PWAT family.
At Painting with a Twist, we love a good twist in our cocktails, making the Tinto De Verano a perfect sip for any painting class. This simple and refreshing colorful cocktail is a fan fave! Originating from Spain, this red wine-based drink is similar to a Sangria but with a twist of lemon. With a splash of lemonade, a twist of lemon, and muddled mint, this cocktail is sure to be a fan favorite for all!
Many also call the Tinto de Verano the “Red Wine of the Summer.” Summer may be coming to a close where you are, but this cocktail will help you relish in the memories of summertime. This cocktail also has less alcohol in it, making it a perfect beverage to paint with!
There are several versions of the Tinto to choose from! This recipe featured on The Spruce recommends adding lemon-lime soda instead, which, frankly looks super yummy too!
Our favorite way to DIY? With a twist: Upcycling. If you’re like us, you might have a few Painting with a Twist pieces hanging around your living room… hallway… bedroom… you get the idea. We’re a dedicated bunch of Twisters so we embrace the *face palm* from our families and friends when we bring [yet another] painting home from a paint and sip class. This DIY is so simple yet so chic.
Let your creative goddess shine for the world to see it- use a piece of art to create ANOTHER piece of art. All while keeping your precious sunnies protected in your purse. It will only take a few minutes to make this stylish sunglasses sleeve to show off your artistic side.
Dying to see a video on how to do this? We’ve gotcha covered. Click here to watch!
I have a Pinterest board that is full of decorated inspirational quotes that lead me to feel motivated and understood. There’s something deeply satisfying with feeling connected to the world around me through these particular pieces of colorful wisdom. I collected these wordy bits like a bird building its nest and would scroll over them lovingly, letting them lift my spirits for a moment. Until one day, a quote caught my attention, and as I read it again, it hung there with its arms draped around my neck like a child. It was brilliantly simple and left no room for excuses. It was the type of candid, matter-of-fact whimsical quote my mental Pinterest board had been searching for.
The proof is in the pudding. I practiced being outwardly optimistic to myself, loved ones, and strangers. I became a walking, talking Pinterest board brimming with hopeful quips and unsolicited advice. Looking back, it had to have been a bit overwhelming and dare I say… obnoxious to my closest friends and family. But it WORKED. Practice really does make perfect. Or imperfect in this case. The more I consciously applied the inspirational quotes to my reactions, the more calm and serene I actually felt. I communicated the good and those words have made a difference.
The Huff Post suggests that our daily thoughts will create one of two things: Separation or Intimacy. Then, of course, these thoughts trickle down to create our actions. This is the foundation of our character- it’s whether someone knows you can be depended on, or if you might flake. We articulate our destiny. I still collect pieces of colorful wisdom and open my Pinterest boards to reflect on them with gratification and I look at them through different eyes.
The leaves are turning and there’s a special feeling in the air anticipating the cozy nights and brisk days ahead. Here’s a delicious colorful cocktail to celebrate the changing of the seasons- going from summer to autumn feels like a major shift.
It seems like the perfect time to ditch the summer fruits and embrace the delicious flavors of fall. At Painting with a Twist, we love trying new colorful cocktails that embody every time of year. What’s the best way to welcome the changing leaves? A toast to the good life with an Autumn Pear Spritzer.
Additionally, this recipe is simple enough to pack up and bring to your next paint and sip class or perfect for sipping on the patio at dusk.
While this palette satisfying colorful cocktail is our own brainchild, we couldn’t help but take inspiration from the Lemon Tree Dwelling’s recipe for the Pear Prosecco Spritzer. Is basil not your thing? Maybe you have a heart for amaretto? If so, here’s a perfect recipe that is similar. Maybe even give them both a try to see what you like most. Cheers!!