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9.18.17

Portraits: Artist of Painting with a Twist – Brittney Pelloquin

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.

Artist Brittney Pelloquin at Painting with a Twist - Lafayette, LA
Arist Brittney Pelloquin at Painting with a Twist – Lafayette, LA

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.

Body Artist Brittney Pelloquin, "The Pelican"
Body Artist Brittney Pelloquin, “The Pelican”

 

Body Artist Brittney Pelloquin collaboration with Deedee Lantzy
Body Artist Brittney Pelloquin collaboration with Deedee Lantzy

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!

Body Artist Brittney Pelloquin on Skin Wars Season 3
Body Artist Brittney Pelloquin on Skin Wars Season 3

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?

Body Artist Brittney Pelloquin collaboration with Dirk Guidry
Body Artist Brittney Pelloquin collaboration with Dirk Guidry

Can’t get enough of her work, right? Here are her website and the video where we featured her work. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Brittney Pelloquin Artist Bio

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]

9.13.17

Three Cheers for Ice Cream Dreams and Paint Brushes

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.

José Lourenço via This Is Colossal
José Lourenço via This Is Colossal

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.

José Lourenço via DesignBoom
José Lourenço via DesignBoom

 

José Lourenço via DesignBoom
José Lourenço via DesignBoom

 

José Lourenço via DesignBoom
José Lourenço via DesignBoom

 

José Lourenço Bio

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.

9.12.17

Portraits: Artist of Painting with a Twist – Denise Hopkins

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…

Meet, Denise.

Denise Hopkins inspired by nature in Covington, LA
Denise Hopkins inspired by nature in Covington, LA

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.

Denise Hopkins Painting with a Twist Corporate Artist
Denise Hopkins Painting with a Twist Corporate Artist

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.

Small Bird Oil Paintings by Denise Hopkins
Small Bird Oil Paintings by Denise Hopkins

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.

Denise Hopkins working with Oil Paints
Denise Hopkins working with Oil Paints

Passion, determination, and the will to win. Her spark. We adore you, Denise. Thank you for being part of our PWAT family.

You can watch the entire feature on Denise and her business here!