Okay so I can’t even believe it took me so long to catch on to this new craze, but I just checked it out over last weekend. Its a painting studio that have locations across the country. You sign up for classes and then an instructor gives you step by step instructions on how to paint the picture for the class and every one paints the same picture and you take home your masterpiece that same day!
Here is a link to their website Pinot’s Palette
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS PLACE! DID I SAY I LOVED THIS PLACE!
Click on the Locations tab at the top of the home page to look for a location close to you. Each location has its own page showing a calendar of what paintings are being done on what days and times. Each location has a different schedule so be sure you are on the page for the location close to you and not some other location. I had to drive almost an hour to get there but it was so worth it. Painting my little Gracie was one of the fun-est things I’ve ever done.
LOVE THIS PLACE AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN ARTIST EITHER – REALLY YOU DON’T.
They have a paint your pet portrait class that is 3 hours long where you send them a pic and they silkscreen it onto a canvas and you basically paint over the silk screened image. Its sorta like a paint by number. They give you tips on how to blend, how to do different backgrounds and how to get dimension to make the fur look real!
So here are the steps it took me to create Gracie.
First you mix up your paint colors as you will need at least 4 shades of your pets colors – they tell you how to do this and how to determine what colors you need. Here is naked Gracie – her image, with the background photoshopped out, no paint yet (don’t worry she won’t be naked for long).
Next step you do the background. They had written instructions on how to do 4 different backgrounds or you could do whatever background you wanted. I did my own background.
Next you paint the main image of your bun. You just keep painting over stroke over stroke using the different colors you premixed to show light colors vs darker colors. You have your picture of the pet image to use as a guide and lets face it, no one knows the exact colors of your pet better then you do. Artists on staff are there to help you every step of the way giving advice and help. Here is Gracie’s body painted.
Notice I had one of the artists there, just pencil in her name and I painted Gracie’s name in. I continued to add more and more strokes to add depth to make Gracie’s lion head mane stand out. Oh yeah notice the poop in the bottom left hand corner as Gracie was my pooping machine and I had to add those on there because, well I wanted to represent her properly and I needed some poop to do that. (PS check out that white dog next to Gracie, it was beautiful when she was done but this pic does not do it justice).
Here is finished Gracie and notice the image of her in lower left hand corner that they silk screened from and I painted using as a guide.
If you miss up just ask an artist that works there and they will help you fix it. If something looks off, just ask for help and they will give suggestions on what’s wrong and how you can correct it or they will fix it for you too. The staff was great and friendly and talented I might add.
So no talent needed. Every pet portrait looked like the pic, I swear they were all so good. Everyone was so happy with there pics.
So here is finished Gracie with Bunny Mama!
Here is a pic with my friend Dawn who hooked me up on this class. She painted her sister’s dog to give the portrait to her sister as a birthday gift. Nice huh? It was stunning in real life and I think her sister will just love it. She is a talented artist (she is truly an artist) and a nice person.
THANKS AGAIN DAWN – LOVED DOING THE PIC AND LOVE HOW IT TURNED OUT.
So seriously bunny parents you can do this if I can do this. I am not an artist of any sort, a crafter of sorts but really you can all do this.
Please let me know if you did a portrait and send me a pic and I’ll get it up on this page. I plan on going back to paint Lucy, then Dino and finally Baby (as I could not paint her without crying since losing her this past April but I hope in time I will be able to paint her because she was my little girl that I adored and worshipped and I need a portrait of her for my collection).
Its a shame that Facebook only has one like level cuz this place and experience needs a triple like in my opinion.
Binky on and Paint Your Pet!
Group photos for all pets in the class that day. This pic does not do these portraits justice as they were all awesome.
So next I am going to paint Lucy….here is her pic below. Wish me luck!
So the painting of Lucy came out really great. They didn’t photo shop the heart image in so right now I am waiting for Boo (my husband) to help me cut out the heart from a pc of wood and then I’ll paint it. Meanwhile here is a pic of Dawn and I painting away and our group shot. Can you find Lucy in that group shot?
So because Lucy is named after Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy fame, it was only fitting that I would include the signature “heart” in her portrait. Although I had it in my pic the studio did not silkscreen it on the canvas for me to paint. So I had to replicate it. Wow what a project. Getting the wood, drawing it out, cutting it out, sanding it down and painting it. Took forever. But I am happy to say that it looks pretty good and here is Lucy in steps below.
Silkscreened image that I started with on canvas.
First you do the background. Then the body. Then ears and face (by far the hardest part). I sorta messed up Lucy’s eye but its okay she doesn’t mind. Then I glued the heart on to the masterpiece and there is she my little girl Lucy!
This remains one of the funniest things I’ve ever done. I might either do Dino next or my friend Pauline’s dog….. will keep you posted. You should totally try this if you are near a studio where this is offered – its an awesome experience and I love the outcome of the 2 I’ve done so far.
Okay freshly painted and ready to give to my friend Pauline is her beloved dog Lady. I had so much fun painting her – I hope Pauline likes it.
I hope you will try this really fun project out sometime….
If you have a specific question about your rabbit, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.