Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Artist Profile: Carmen Owen

Carmen Owen is a repeat contributor to the Paws For Charity Project...I was happy to welcome her back again this year. Visit her on facebook:  
https://www.facebook.com/WildatheARTcreationsbyCarmenOwen


Carmen Owen and Summer
What is your favorite art piece and why?
My favorite pastel portrait is the one I did of my 12 year old border collie "Sorcha". (Her name means "Bright, radiant, light" in Gaelic). This close-up portrait of her sweet wee face captured her bright and fun loving personality exactly as I had hoped it would. "Sorcha" was the model for my first pet portrait back in 2005 and this was the last portrait that i completed of her just a few months before she died at age 12, so it's very special to me for that reason also.

Do you have a certain "style" in mind when you create your images?
Rather than drawing a classic posed portrait, I prefer to zoom in and do close-ups on sections of the face (especially the eyes) as I feel it gives the drawing a more modern look.

Tell us about a current project you are working on?
At the moment I am taking a break from pet portraiture and I'm working on a series of artworks about wolves.   


Thanks so much for participating in the Paws For Charity Project again this year, Carmen! Wishing you all the best with your future projects. 

All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity

E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity

Monday, August 18, 2014

Artist Profile: Derek Johnston

Derek Johnston is a personal friend of mine...a talented photographer and generous contributor to this project year after year.
Derek Johnston with Scooter
Where do you live? What made you want to contribute to help raise funds for this project?
We are still living in East Chester, Nova Scotia. We have a special affinity for SHAID since that is where we found our first wonderful dog.  Because of that relationship with SHAID, when the occasion arose, I jumped at the opportunity to do my bit as a thank you.

Tell us about one of your favorite photo shoots.
One of my favourite photo shoots happened accidently. I noticed a raccoon emerging from a window of a rather dilapidated house near our cottage. I showed this photo to the owner/ proprietor of the Raven Art Gallery in Tatamagouche. She said that inspired her to take up painting again and led to an agreement whereby I was able to show and sell a number of my  images from her gallery.

What are some things, people, or places that inspire you?
Most of my inspiration for photography comes from my association with the Bridgewater Photo Club. Because of the structure of the program, I try to enter all the contests and so I am constantly on the lookout for subjects that are applicable.

Tell us about a current project you are working on?
Of all subjects, nature in the specific and broadest sense is my favourite photographic subject. Currently I am particularly interested in discovering and photographing waterfalls.  

Do you have a certain "style" in mind when you create your images?
When asked if I have a certain style, I unabashedly “borrow” from photographers whom I admire and I also find inspiring.

Thanks Derek...it's great to have you involved in the 2014 Paws For Charity Project!

All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity

E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity



Friday, August 8, 2014

Artist Profile: Jeanne Taylor

Photographer Jeanne Taylor (www.jtpetpics.com) supplied the cover photo for our 2013 Paws For Charity Project, and I'm so happy she donated her images again this year! You can follow Jeanne on facebook here: Jeanne Taylor Photography
Jeanne Taylor  (www.jtpetpics.com)
Where do you live? What made you want to contribute to help raise funds for an animal shelter in Nova Scotia?
I live in Fairfax VA (just outside of Washington DC) and also frequent the Charleston SC area for seasonal appointments. When I first heard about Paws for Charity in 2013, I felt compelled to participate – it is such a great idea and geography really doesn’t matter when you are trying to help a shelter in need.

What are some things, people, or places that inspire you?
I am always inspired by natural light and colors, but my work inspiration really strikes when I meet and connect with the client pets or rescue animals I am about to photo. There are also some very special animals I know who continue to inspire me every single day!

Do you have a certain "style" in mind when you create your images?
Style-wise I just like to focus on expression or mood as much as possible – and the animal-human relationship when people participate in the session with their pets.

Tell us about a future project you have in mind?  

I LOVE senior pets – my own Bandit is coming up on 16 this fall and he and I have a couple of senior pet projects in mind for 2015. Stay tuned!


Website:www.jtpetpics.com

Thanks Jeanne! 

All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity

E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Artist Profile: Jen Bergren

Welcome back, Jen! Jen Bergren (www.fetchlight.com) participated in the Paws For Charity Project last year as well.You can find links to see Jen's photography at the bottom of this post.
Jen Bergren   (www.fetchlight.com)
Where do you live? What made you want to contribute to help raise funds for an animal shelter in Nova Scotia?
I live in San Diego. Paws for Charity not only raises money to directly benefit an animal shelter, but it also raises awareness in Canada, the U.S., and beyond for pet rescues and shelters in general, because of the publicity created by Sara and all the caring artists who contributed to it. I am proud to be a part of any project that raises people's awareness about pets in need and gets them thinking about adopting instead of buying pets, or thinking about fostering and other ways they can help.
 

Do you have a certain "style" in mind when you create your images?
My style is happy and colorful, often taking advantage of all the beautiful and varied locations that San Diego has to offer (beaches, parks, mountains, deserts, downtown urban...). I want people, especially the pet parents, to smile when they see their favorite images!

Tell us about a current project you are working on?
Last year I completed a creative project featuring dogs near San Diego neighborhood signs (including another installment this year), so the next personal project I am working on features San Diego area stairs and dogs. I have noticed an interesting variety of outdoor staircases around the area, and I think the hard geometric lines of stairs contrast nicely with furry round dog shapes, something similar that I discovered I liked last year when working on a San Diego Bridges (with dogs) project.
www.instagram.com/fetchlightphoto

Thanks Jen....it's great to have you involved again in this year's project!

All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity

E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity

Monday, August 4, 2014

Artist Profile: Karen Middleton

Karen Middleton (www.colourbelle.com) is a newcomer to the Paws For Charity Project this year...welcome Karen!  You'll find a complete list of links for Karen at the bottom of this post.
Karen Middleton    (www.colourbelle.com)
 Where do you live? What made you want to contribute to help raise funds for an animal shelter in Nova Scotia?

I am a British artist, living in Lincolnshire, in the East Midlands. Since being a child I have been a huge animal lover, so I wanted to be part of the Paws For Charity project as it enables me to use my skills to help.


Tell us about one of your favorite painting commissions?

I have done many pet portraits over time and received some lovely comments, and one lady informed me that she intended to change her will in order to have the portrait included in her coffin.

What is your favorite photo/art piece and why?

At one time I was unable to draw for 6 months, but one day received a printed greeting card sample of one of my kitten pieces. Something clicked within me, I thought “I can do this again” and taking 2 weeks off of the job I had at the time, I surrounded myself with sketches and ideas and created the image “Lily”, measuring around 12 inches. It got me back into drawing and increased my desire to create more animal imagery. (I didn’t know at the time that lilies are really not good for cats, so they’re artificial props!).

Do you have a certain "style" in mind when you create your images?

I try to convey a particular mood for the subject as often as possible, so whether it is comical, sentimental or cute, I include that in my initial plans. The mood I want to set can sometimes determine the colour scheme too.

Do you ever find yourself in a creative dry spell? What do you do to get yourself inspired?

Not so much a dry spell, I do find I get anxious if I feel I’m slacking or not applying myself 100%, so then I get out of the studio and do things that aren’t related to art and work, and I’m soon missing it, which is most helpful!

Do you have any creative mentors?

I have loved and admired Lesley Anne Ivory for many many years and collected as many of her books and products as possible. She also has really cool names for her cats!

Tell us about a current project you are working on?

I’m in the process of painting a montage of non-domestic animals, measuring 20 inches, with an aim to be used for licensing. I’m using paints too, which I’m not so confident with, but enjoy nonetheless. The project has also enabled me to do some research and led to learning about the animals included.

Tell us about a future project you have in mind?

I hope to become part of HeartsSpeak, so I’m working towards the requirements needed there.

Do you have a "life's embarrassing moment" you can tell us about one of your assignments?

As many artists know, some deadlines can be really tight, and working 22 hours for 20 days running at one time, my leg swelled up at 1am. Reluctantly leaving work aside and arriving at hospital with a wonderful friend in tow, I was given appropriate treatment and asked to return the next day for follow up treatment. Getting home at 4.45am, after some sleep, it felt like “the next day” so – loyal friend happy to come along again - we arrived at hospital to be told to go home - it was still the same day….ooops


Links:


Shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ColourBelle
Facebook: www.
facebook.com/Colourbelleart


Thanks for contributing your images to this project Karen!

All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity

E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Artist Profile: Dianne Bouchard

Dianne Bouchard participated in our project again this year. It's so wonderful to have people generously donate their images year after year! You can find out more about Dianne through several links listed at the end of this post.
Dianne Bouchard    www.fluffermutterrescuephoto.com
Where do you live? What made you want to contribute to help raise funds for an animal shelter in Nova Scotia?
I live in Vermont and I am always willing to help homeless animals in any way that I can. This is my second year of participating in Sara’s book and it’s awesome! It’s also an easy way to give back. I currently photograph the rescue dogs for Random Rescue in Williamstown, VT.

Do you have a certain "style" in mind when you create your images?
My style is to always try to capture the animal’s personality. It is my hope that by capturing their unique personality that it will get them adopted.

Tell us about a current project you are working on?
I am strictly a volunteer photographer and work full time in the mental health field. Starting in July 2013, I began taking a group of four teenagers to Random Rescue every week. The initial group went so well that in January 2014, a second, larger group was added as well as another mental health clinician. In May 2014, we started a third group. The kids volunteer at Random Rescue once a week for two to three hours. The kids help out by photographing, fundraising, leash walking the dogs, cleaning crates, floors and kennels; bathing dogs, training, socializing and feeding the dogs. While it is apparent that both the kids and dogs gain a lot from the group, it is impossible to tell who gains more.

Here are some links to find out more about Dianne:

All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity

E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Artist Profile: Elaine Tweedy

Elaine Tweedy is a newcomer to the Paws For Charity Project this year, and I'm so glad she donated the use of her photographs! Her website is www.igottheshotphotography.com.  Her facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/IGotTheShot.
Lilah with Elaine Tweedy (igottheshotphotography.com)

Where do you live? What made you want to contribute to help raise funds for an animal shelter in Nova Scotia?
I live in Factoryville, Pennsylvania.  Factoryville is about 23 miles Northwest of Scranton, PA, just to give a better perspective, and is considered part of Northeastern Pennsylvania, home of the Pocono and Endless Mountains.  The Nova Scotia shelter project interested me for many reasons.  I have done photos for our local animal shelter as part of being a member of HeARTs Speak, an international non-profit and consortium of artists dedicated to helping homeless animals.  I love shelters that are proactive and do all that they can to not only get the word out about animals in need, but continually seek strong fiscal viability. I am so proud to be included the Paws for Charity project.

What is your favorite photo/art piece and why?
I have a large, framed black and white of a bygone day estate on the coast of California.  There is a woman dressed in black riding a white horse on the beach, a team of horses drawing a carriage, and a serene feeling that transcends the photo itself.  It is my favorite piece.  It is the piece that makes me want others to get that same "feeling" when they look at my photos. 

What are some things, people, or places that inspire you?
I am completely inspired by the sea or bodies of water in general, and the facial expressions of dogs.  I am inspired by those who rescue animals daily, even when it seems impossible.  I am inspired by people who knock your socks off with their creativity and don't do things like everyone else.  I am very independent, and I don't take direction well, so I am always off doing my own thing and respect those who have a need for strong independence.

Do you ever find yourself in a creative dry spell? What do you do to get yourself inspired?
While I don't believe my mind ever stops working, and there are loads of ideas mulling around inside of it for projects, a key element--TIME--is elusive.  Sometimes I get frustrated by not being able to move quickly enough into an idea, but I never put my camera down.  I just keep snapping.  I snap 40-50 photos a day of just my world when I am not engaged to snap someone else's world.  We have a small horse farm and eight rescue dogs, plus we grow an extensive organic garden, so the summer is not only a great time for photos, it's a busy time and can take me away from other projects.  My animals and the beauty around me in the woods where I live keeps me inspired.
 
Tell us about a current project you are working on?
I am currently working on The Route 6 Project, a scenic documentary of the small towns found along Route 6 in Pennsylvania.  The little burgs are rich in history and unique architecture.  You can find the series on my blog as part of my website:  www.igottheshotphotography.com.

Thanks Elaine...it's great to learn more about you!

All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity

E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity