Pets are reimagined on canvases at “Paint Your Pet”
Christina Newman paints her cat Midnight, layering his face with shadows before adding color. Ryan Mancini/The Signal
By Ryan Mancini
Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Holding a brush in one hand and a plastic cup of wine in the other, guests at Painting with a Twist brought photos of their pets to life with vibrant colors Saturday afternoon.

Over a dozen participants sat for “Paint Your Pet” by using several painting techniques in replicating the appearances of their beloved pets.

“We draw on the canvas for them so they don’t have to worry about drawing the pet,” said Molly Eschbacher, who regularly teaches children how to paint.

Artists followed a step-by-step process with Painting with a Twist’s manager, Catt Stine, who instructed how to brush shadows and what colors to mix in order to replicate the pets’ fur color.

What was a notable first for this group of artists was that one animal stood out from the rest, Eschbacher said. Brandi Dohopolsky painted her sun conure, Tango, a type of parakeet. As the owner of mostly dogs and cats, painting the orange and green Tango was something different, she said.

Tango, a sun conure, is the sole bird and a notable addition to the dogs and cats at “Paint Your Pet” at Painting with a Twist. Ryan Mancini/The Signal

“It’s really cute because it’s very personalized painting, it’s not a sunset or a tree where everyone’s doing the exact same thing,” Eschbacher said. “Each painting is different and special to each person. I love this event.”

Paint Your Pet began last year as one of multiple events through the various Painting with a Twist locations across the country.

About the author

Ryan Mancini

Ryan Mancini

Ryan Mancini covers local news for The Signal. He joined in 2018, previously working as a reporter and editor for The Sundial, Scene Magazine and El Nuevo Sol while a student at California State University, Northridge, where he studied journalism and political science. He's lived in Santa Clarita since 2002.

Christina Newman paints her cat Midnight, layering his face with shadows before adding color. Ryan Mancini/The Signal

Pets are reimagined on canvases at “Paint Your Pet”

Holding a brush in one hand and a plastic cup of wine in the other, guests at Painting with a Twist brought photos of their pets to life with vibrant colors Saturday afternoon.

Over a dozen participants sat for “Paint Your Pet” by using several painting techniques in replicating the appearances of their beloved pets.

“We draw on the canvas for them so they don’t have to worry about drawing the pet,” said Molly Eschbacher, who regularly teaches children how to paint.

Artists followed a step-by-step process with Painting with a Twist’s manager, Catt Stine, who instructed how to brush shadows and what colors to mix in order to replicate the pets’ fur color.

What was a notable first for this group of artists was that one animal stood out from the rest, Eschbacher said. Brandi Dohopolsky painted her sun conure, Tango, a type of parakeet. As the owner of mostly dogs and cats, painting the orange and green Tango was something different, she said.

Tango, a sun conure, is the sole bird and a notable addition to the dogs and cats at “Paint Your Pet” at Painting with a Twist. Ryan Mancini/The Signal

“It’s really cute because it’s very personalized painting, it’s not a sunset or a tree where everyone’s doing the exact same thing,” Eschbacher said. “Each painting is different and special to each person. I love this event.”

Paint Your Pet began last year as one of multiple events through the various Painting with a Twist locations across the country.

About the author

Ryan Mancini

Ryan Mancini

Ryan Mancini covers local news for The Signal. He joined in 2018, previously working as a reporter and editor for The Sundial, Scene Magazine and El Nuevo Sol while a student at California State University, Northridge, where he studied journalism and political science. He's lived in Santa Clarita since 2002.