Monday, August 18, 2014

Painting with a Twist

Disclosure-I was invited to attend an complimentary painting event and received a swag bag.  All opinions are my own based on my personal experience.

I have been traveling so much this month from California to Florida.  My miles have been adding up.  Such is life.  As a mom my life is always on the go.  There never is a minute for me just to breath.  I had not had any time for me.  I needed to unwind and that is exactly what I was looking forward to when I was invited to attend Painting with a Twist in the Woodlands.

Painting with a Twist, based in Mandeville, Louisiana is the leading paint-and-sip franchise with more than 150 franchises in 25 states.  Founded in 2007 by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney,

 Painting with a Twist began franchising in 2009 and provides customers with paint, a canvas and brushes that lead to a fun evening with friends and a finished piece of art.

A night to un-wine-d?  Yes, Please! 

Though I have never painted before I had heard of this.  My girlfriends and I were curious to see what this was all about.  And so I decided to come see what all the talk was really about.  

So you have an art teacher who will step by step guide you through your painting.  All while you sip on some wine.  Relax and not have to worry about anything.  The process goes y pretty fast but the is the idea, no real thinking-just painting.  
The above picture shows how my canvas was being painted step by step by me.  Though at first I could not just let go, eventually I started to loosen up.  I had had a really long day at work.  The kids were at home with dad.  I was over 45 minutes away from home, etc, much on my head.  Then I started talking to my neighbors about their canvas and one thing led to another.  I had something.  We took a small break.  I walked around to look at all the other paintings in progress.  They were all beautiful.  No one here was an artist but yet we were all having a good time painting.
As we continued on, I started to see more and more what my painting was looking as-ART!  The artist and his assistants were great at coming around giving you help, topping you off, adding more color or checking your tools.  The painting did not have to be perfect but it was exactly what I needed.  This horizon with a stormy background was the break a was looking for.
I am proud of my art piece that I will be hanging at my house.  I cannot wait to plan a Girl's Night Out with my friends.  They are 10 locations in the Houston and surrounding areas.  We need to check the calendar.  From just peeking at that calendar there are so many options, I might have to book more than one Girls Night Out.  This may became a monthly meeting place for us.

To check out the calendar or a location near you, go to Painting with a Twist.

Painting with a Twist started out right after Hurricane Katrina.  We all remember who devastating this was.    Cathy and Renee, 2 friends, started this company after such tragedy.  When all was lost, they found something that people could do.  In their efforts to help their community, they helped each other, and now they are helping others.

The company maintains a strong focus on giving back to the local community, and by the end of 2014, Painting with a Twist will have donated more than $1 million through their charity arm, Painting with a Purpose. As the fastest-growing franchise in the industry, Painting with a Twist was ranked the top Paint and Sip franchise as part of the 2014 Entrepreneur magazine annual Franchise 500 edition.

For more information about Painting with a Twist’s franchise opportunity, visit

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