Friday, July 31, 2009

CWAC Friends Yearbook & Calendar

My second big project this year will benefit a small registered charity in Ottawa, Canada called Canines with a Cause (BN # 85755 0735 RR0001). CWAC trains assistance dogs for people with mobility disabilities. Their 2007 budget was only $20,000! It's such a great cause, and with the recession going on they really need our help to raise some funds. I'll be collecting photos to produce a "2009 Friends of CWAC Yearbook" and 2010 desk top calendar. Here are the details:

All photos will be printed in the 2009 Friends of CWAC yearbook, a professionally published book. In addition, 12-25 photos will be selected to produce a 2010 desk top calendar. All funds raised are donated to CWAC.

Important Dates:
September 30th - photos must be received by this date - please send your photos now
October 30th - yearbooks and calendars will be available for purchase

Available Photo Sizes:
Regular Photo Insert (2.2 inches square, 667 pixels): $5
Three Regular Inserts: $12
Half Page Insert: $30
Full Page Insert (5.2 inches square, 1550 pixels): $50

Your Photos: Minimum resolution is 230 dpi.

How to Submit Your Photos:
1. Name your photo: YourFullName-NameOfPhoto
2. Email your photo to: saraharley(at)sympatico(dot)ca
Include your full name and mailing address (this information will remain confidential, and will not be shared)

Payment Instructions: When your photo is received, you will be sent instructions by email to pay your entry fee. Payment is due within 24 hours of receiving payment instructions, or your photo will not be included in the yearbook, and will not be considered for the calendar. Once I receive notice from Paypal, I will acknowledge receipt of your payment. All funds are donated to CWAC.

Photos selected for calendars: will be contacted by email in early October.

ALL Photos will be printed in the Yearbook: in the order they are received. (the earlier you send your photos, the closer to the front of the book they'll be!)

Calendars and Yearbooks: will be available for purchase in mid October.

How can you help? Please help get the word out! Feel free to use the photo above and blog/facebook/twitter about this project.
Come on, join in! It's just a measly $5. A little bit from you could mean a world of freedom to someone with a mobility disability.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fundraising Shirts

Time for a reminder that there are Paws for Charity tshirts (and sweatshirts, etc) available in two different colors, to benefit two different charities. There are dozens of choices in shirt styles...tshirts, long sleeved tshirts, sweatshirts, golf shirts...and even coffee mugs and pet bowls!Our "pink spot" logo shirts benefit breast cancer charities. All proceeds from the sale of these shirts in 2009 will be donated to a registered Canadian breast cancer charity. You can find these shirts at our Cafe Press store:

Our "black spot" Paws for Charity shirts benefit registered Canadian charity Canines with a Cause. CWAC is a charity based in Ottawa, Ontario. They train assistance dogs for people with mobility disabilities. They are a small charity in great need of funds. You can find these shirts at our Cafe Press store:

I don't keep any of the money raised...all proceeds go to benefit charity. Please buy one and support a couple of great causes!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thank you

The last of the bios for the 2009 Art Book participants was posted last week. I'd like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all 37 participants...thanks for lending the use of your photos and artwork for our first book project! Another BIG THANK YOU to everyone who purchased a book. They are still for sale (we sold another book a couple of days ago!) and will continue to be available at The link is on the blog's sidebar or you can click here to view and/or purchase a book.

I have sent out a brief survey to all the participants to get some feedback and maybe some new ideas for next year. I've already heard from quite a few people who are interested in submitting images for next year's book...a good sign!

I'll post details about next year's Art Book later in the year...stay tuned!

My second project for this year is underway...a fundraiser for Canines With A Cause...a Canadian charity that trains assistance dogs for people with mobility disabilities. More info coming soon!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Profile: Melissa McDaniel

Melissa McDaniel

Melissa's photograph "Keller" is on page 26 of the 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book.

Melissa is busy travelling the US right now, photographing dogs across the country for "The Photo Book Projects". I've taken some info from her blog to tell you about Melissa, and her project:

Here's to the day when all pets have a loving and safe place to call home.

What started as the thought of "wouldn't it be nice to take some lovely pictures of rescue dogs and deaf dogs with their families" has evolved into something much greater. The more I met people involved in animal rescue, the more I realized there was a bigger story to be told. When some people found out about my idea of traveling over the next six months around the U.S. with my camera and my two dogs in my Mini Cooper Honda Element (the Cooper was just a little too small) and gathering information for two photo books about animal rescue, their response was, " depressing." (Not sure if they were talking about the road trip itself or the subject of animal rescue. My guess, both.) However, I don't hold that view. The stories I have heard are inspiring and while the numbers of animals euthanized each year are still great, those numbers are decreasing. There is hope. I'm setting out to raise awareness about the continuing pet overpopulation problem and learn about ways we can all be a part of the solution. I am be meeting and photographing families with their rescue dogs and deaf dogs, visiting animal shelters and sanctuaries and interviewing those involved in rescue work. I'll be sharing photographs, stories and everything I learn in the process with you here, in addition to stories from the road, including, but not limited to, "Is it possible to find a veggie burger in Texas?"

The final result will be THE PHOTO BOOK PROJECTS. Help me raise $300,000 for animal rescue groups around the country.

I am undertaking two photography projects.
1- a photo book of rescue dogs
2- a photo book of deaf dogs

Both books will be packed full of images of dogs and their families. The idea is to raise funds and to help raise awareness.

While these books will be full of glossy photographs, they will be so much more than coffee-table books. They will also be loaded with information and facts to help educate the public about the problems facing shelters and rescues, dispel myths about deaf dogs, the pet overpopulation problem, etc. I also see the deaf-dog photo book being an inspirational book for people overcoming obstacles in their lives, and a resource for newbies to the deaf-dog world.

I'm a business owner and professional photographer. I'm based in Philadelphia, where I live with my very spoiled 6-year-old deaf lab/border collie mix (Sadie) and 2 orange cats (Fuji & Bjork). Sadie was not only my introduction to the deaf-dog world, but also my introduction to dogs. As the vet said to me when I went in for Sadie's new puppy check-up: "A deaf, border collie puppy as your first dog...well you just JUMPED right in, didn't you!" And, I have to say I did. She was quite a handful! More on Sadie (and life with a deaf dog) later! In the meantime, if you are wondering, "WHY do people need to be educated about deaf dogs?" The quick answer is that thousands of dogs are put to sleep every year just because they are deaf. Please visit the
Deaf Dog Education Action Fund for more information.

And another fun photo of Keller:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Profile: Sabrina Helas

Sabrina Helas

Sabrina's photo "Kaiser" is on page 15 of the 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book.

Sabrina's perspective is vintage and her focus is green. Using natural light and the unique spirit of each of her subjects, Sabrina Helas mixes documentary-style photography with a genuine understanding of dogs, children and their nuances.

Sabrina is an eco-conscious entrepreneur running two boutique photography businesses—Cookies and Water Photography ( specializing in our furry dependents) and Milk and Cookies Photography (
specializing in children). After getting herself fired from corporate America in early 2005, she was able to follow her life long dream of becoming a professional photographer.

Ultimately being drawn to the genuine, she abandoned the entertainment industry, stopped moving between New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and settled in Eagle Rock where she now lives with her husband and their two pups. . Her next project, The Senior Project (title TBD), finds Sabrina expanding her portfolio yet again. In this chapter of her work, she will be capturing the wisdom and life in the faces of our beautiful wise elders.
PS. a big congrats to Sabrina....she got married a couple of weeks ago!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Profile: Blenda Tyvoll

Blenda Tyvoll
Etsy Shop

Blenda's artwork entitled "Beloved" is on page 11 of the 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book.

Blenda is an expressive artist who paints in a variety of mediums which help to convey her vibrant inner spirit. She studied art and design at Marylhurst University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. Blenda is an award winning and published artist, an active member and recent past treasurer of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and a core group member of Open Studios of Beavercreek. She continues her artistic journey as a full time artist, exhibiting her work at Howden Art, Oregon City OR, in jury selected shows, at her studio and on her website,

Her paintings have been purchased by collectors worldwide, including Great Britain, France, Portugal, Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States. Blenda lives in Oregon, USA with her husband, Joe, a dog Zippy, two cats, three horses, and a 12 year old pet chicken named Gerdy. (Now that's an old chicken!).

Blenda's Artist's Statement--- " My style is defined as original, intuitive, and imaginative, creating paintings based on an emotional response to a subject. The most consistent elements in my paintings are simple shapes, harmonious color, and expressive line. I want to express to you, the viewer, a unique perspective of life by telling my story, using the language of paint and brush."

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Profile: Kimberly Owen

Kimberly Owen

Kimberly's artwork entitled "Hugs" is on page 35 of the 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book.

Here is a bit about Kimberly, from Kimberly:

I never went to school for art, it's just my passion. I actually went to school to become a cosmetologist. I was in that industry for about 10 years and then Iwent to work for an electronics company in the accounting department for 11 years.

I owned my own clothing retail store for about 4 years and had tons of folk art hanging on the walls, which in some crazy, winding way led me to where I am today. I closed the store and started selling my inventory on ebay and instead of buying folk art pieces I started making my own and selling those on ebay as well. I love mixed media. Love making dolls too.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Profile: Pat Nadarajah

Pat Nadarajah

Pat's artwork entitled "Sadie" is on page 22 of the 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book.

Here is some info about Pat and her art, taken from her website:

I am a Canadian self taught artist who currently draws and paints wildlife and pet portraits. I live with my husband, 2 daughters and 3 border collies. I have always had a love for animals as did my parents and sister.Growing up there was always one or two cats in the household.I began drawing when I was old enough to hold a crayon. It wasn't until 4 years ago that I decided to get serious about drawing again. Balancing a full time job, family and many activities, I found drawing relaxing.

My first choice of medium was graphite. Since I loved animals and was surrounded by a couple in my own home; I started with dogs.I would describe my style as realistic but I also strive to capture the personality of my subject. A couple of years and a few drawings later, I wanted to try a new medium.

Pastels had always intrigued me. I decided that to learn the medium I needed to take a course to help me along. Well after travelling all the way to the UK to take a course with Vic Bearcroft, renowned wildlife pastelist, I have now fallen in love with the medium. The trip was a turning point in my life and art career and along the way I can proudly call Vic, my mentor and friend.

I have had many positive artistic influences in my life. My father was a gifted writer and artist. He always encouraged me to draw and bought me some wonderful books and supplies. I have also been privileged to meet some wonderful inspiring artists in my artistic journey.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Profile: Jennifer Dotter

Jennifer Dotter

Jennifer's lovely photo of Lucy called "Longing" is on page 17 of the 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book.

Jennifer and her Air Force pilot husband live near Omaha, Nebraska. They share their home with Lucy and Leo, two sweet, goofy, and spoiled Labradors.

She is dreaming of the days when they can spend their days splashing in the waves and digging in the sands of the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Northwest.Jennifer and Jon just moved last week into their first home. Hey, Jennifer, are all the boxes unpacked yet?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Profile: Karen Davis

Karen Davis

Karen is one of the UK participants in our 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book. Her artwork "Magic Cat" can be found on page 14.

Karen is an artist, illustrator, and dreamer. She studied at the Maidstone College of Art in Kent, England and has a BA Hons degree in Graphic Design/Illustration. Karen has illustrated for childrens picture books, magazine work, greetings cards, and gift wrap. Her clients have included : Bodley Head, ABC, Radio Times, TSP,WWC, Roger La Borde.

Karen is inspired by animals, nature, magic, folklore, fairytales and music. Isn't her contribution to our book a wonderful combination of her inspirations?