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Karina Ramírez: Artist shares love of painting through new business

Self-taught artist Patience Knotts first fell in love with painting by watching Bob Ross in the Joy of Painting on public television.

“He was so much fun to watch,” Knotts said. “I enjoyed listening to him and enjoy painting along with him.”

Years later, Knotts, 30, launched her own business with her husband Johnathon, 34, to teach others to enjoy painting at much as she does.

Painting with Patience opened in early February and is devoted to teaching others to create their own work of art. Guests are provided paint, brushes, apron, canvas and step-by-step instructions.

“Many of our customers say the last time they painted was in kindergarten,” Knotts said. “I think learning one step at a time simplifies the process and breaks it down. They are amazed when they walk out with their own masterpiece.”

Before launching her business, Knotts said, she attended a painting class with a friend and became inspired to combine her love of teaching and her job of painting. Knotts is also a fourth-grade teacher, and as a first-time business owner, she welcomes the challenge.

Because she is still a teacher, her painting classes are presently offered in the afternoons after school.

“As soon as school is out, we will go full time,” she said.

Classes for all ages are offered on the weekend and she is already planning summer kid camp activities.

“Once a month we offer ‘free-style night’ so people can create their own design,” Knotts said.

Painting with Patience is also an ecologically friendly business. Knotts’ husband reuses old fencing to build the painting frames.

Knotts believes it is never too late to embrace the love of painting.

“I remember that my grandfather painted historical buildings and cartoon characters for the grandchildren. I know that I will cherish his paintings and they hold special memories,” Knotts said. “My step-grandfather, 93, tells me he didn’t start oil painting until his 80s. It just emphasizes that it is never too late to start a hobby. You can bring to life a memory or create one.”

Painting with Patience is located at 1704 N. Elm St.

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The old Piggly Wiggly grocery store located at 3601 E. McKinney St. will become an O’Reilly Auto Parts, according to city of Denton records.

The McKinney Street location was one of two Denton Piggly Wiggly grocery stores that closed in June 2009. The Texas stores were owned by Arkansas-based Affiliated Foods Southwest Inc., which filed for bankruptcy that year, according to Denton Record-Chronicle archives.

Founded in 1957, O’Reilly Auto Parts grew from a single store in Missouri to a business consisting of more than 3,740 stores in 39 states, according to its website.


Since last month, a new statewide program is available for residents to receive free computer and Internet training.

Connected Texas, in conjunction with the Texas State Library and Archives Commis­sion and Intel Corp., launched Every Community Online. The program makes it possible for Texans who lack digital skills and knowledge to learn life-changing digital skills through their local library, Don Shirley, executive director of Connected Texas, said in a press release.

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Although the traditional filing season ended, taxpayers can still e-file through the extension deadline of Oct. 15.

If taxpayers missed the April 17 due date, they should be sure to file as soon as possible, Clay Sanford of the Dallas IRS office said in a release. “If taxes are owed, paying now means less penalties and interest.”

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Lori Botts, owner of Cheerful Critters Pet Sitters in Little Elm, recently became certified as a professional pet sitter with Pet Sitter International.

Cheerful Critters Pet Sitters is a full-service in-home pet care provider serving cities in Denton and Collin counties.

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Coming up

Veronica Maldonado, visitor services and communications manager for the Denton Con­vention and Visitors Bureau, will be the guest speaker at the North Central Texas College Small Business Development Center monthly business breakfast meeting set for Tuesday at the Denton Chamber of Commerce, 414 Parkway St.

Maldonado will explain how businesses can benefit from using Foursquare and how they can better market their company.

Networking will begin at 7:15 a.m. with the meeting following at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, call 940-380-1849.


The Denton Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Fremaux’s Metropolitan Catering, will sponsor a meeting with Texas Comptroller Susan Combs to discuss the status of the state economy and state spending.

The presentation will take place Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Fremaux’s, 932 W. University Drive.

The event is free and open to the public. To make reservations, call 940-382-9693 by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is