At seventy I purchased a franchise, Painting With a Twist and located it on the west bank of the city in Gretna, La. People seemed to be surprised that I would start a business venture at seventy. I scratch my head and wondered why?
Are you supposed to sit around and do nothing as you age? I have always been involved in some business or other since I got divorced at age thirty five so why stop now. Also I certainly did not feel seventy!
Actually one of my daughters started Corks and Canvas with a partner after hurricane Katrina devastated our city. It later became Painting With a Twist after they franchised. I was the seventh person to purchase a franchise. Yes, I did purchase it because I felt I always wanted to stay independent if I could.
At eighty I’m still in business with a group of very talented artist who I’m very fortunate to have working for me now for four, five, six, and seven years and a couple of new artist bringing up the future. These women blow my mind with their talent and are really great friends; “we are a true family” at Painting With a Twist in Gretna, Louisiana.
Tomorrow afternoon, December 29th I have invited my grandchildren to be my guests to paint Feathered Friend! Actually my grandson Parker, and his special girl, Whitney, said they wanted to paint and chose this particular Painting class to attend. I decided why not invite all the grandchildren and their significant others to paint. So ten of us will be sipping and painting and enjoying snacks while we paint and enjoy each other company at my studio. What a way to say goodbye to 2018 with joy and togetherness!
There are so many famous and profound art quotes but my favorite one is by -Pablo Picasso- “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”
It makes me think that the tragedy of life is, as we become adults, we loose our joy of play and Judgement and comparison come into our lives. In growing into adults we become less loving and less fun! Oh the shame of this! Maybe a place like “Painting With a Twist” can help us rekindle the child in each of us.
How about this kind of fun and uniqueness! This kind of self expression! I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this night if my life depended on it!
Everyone expressed themselves differently as you can see and that is ok. Creativity is the theme at “PWAT.” Some decided to totally go astray and paint their own thing and that’s ok also. What’s important is to bring out the artist in your soul, to have fun, to enjoy yourself!
“The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.” ~Junot Diaz