UPDATE: The next Paint Your Pet event in Orlando will be Feb. 24 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. And you can reserve your seat online now!
Many people would love the idea of having a portrait of their pet on canvas. Unfortunately, most of us can't afford the painter's sitting fees.
Well, I know of a way to do it yourself for less money. But I have no artistic talent, you say? Not to worry -- you can even do it with a glass of wine in your hand.
Painting with a Twist has 73 locations across the country. Choose a two-hour or three-hour class, and learn to paint a masterpiece, a landscape, or something else to your liking. And they offer wine and beer to make the class a little more fun (hey, it worked for Renaissance and French Impressionist painters).
Some locations also offer a class called Paint Your Pet. Here you get to paint a beloved pet of your choice, almost Andy Warhol-style.
Orlando Painting with a Twist location, says it all starts with you. Take a close up picture of your pet... preferably of their head and shoulders.When you sign up for the class, give that photo to them.
"The end result depends on the quality of the picture," Perez said. " So as long as you provide us a high quality photo, you will get a good portrait of your pet."
The artist then takes that photo, projects it onto canvas, and draws the pet on.
When you get to the store for your class, your canvas is there for you, along with the picture of your pet, and a paint palette already prepared. Artists will work with you to mix the right shades of colors to give your pet and your pet's fur dimension.
The class is three hours long, and costs $55. Sometimes the Orlando location will make the class a charity event.
There is a class coming up on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you want to attend, head to the Painting with a Twist website to sign up.
Not in the Orlando area? Find a Painting with a Twist near you here.