Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Originally from California, Kecia Deveney is a mixed media/jewelry artist and amateur photographer, who now resides at the Jersey Shore. Drawing inspiration from her life experiences as the mother of a severely disabled child, she channels that energy into learning and creating art. Experimenting with “reclaimed discardia” results in many unique pieces of storytelling art.
Kecia has participated in both years of our Art Book Project. "Pretty As A Present" is featured on page 30 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
“In my art, I am inspired by vintage items and flea markets. I find it challenging to recycle these older items into something new, exciting and interesting. I especially love it when people say that they found something hidden and meaningful in my work.” - Kecia
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I have received my test copy of the 2011 Paws For Charity calendar and it is fantastic! Packed with 72 images of dogs and cats supplied by photographers and artists around the world, and all proceeds from calendar sales go directly to The Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade, a registered charity with programs in over 50 countries. This charity also carries the Humane Charity Seal of Approval.
January:Following the recommendations of a couple of our participants, I created the calendars on Lulu.com. The quality of the printing and the paper is top notch....very heavy duty paper (100 #) with a glossy type finish. The quality is so much better than the company I have used in the past to create my own calendars that I'm switching to Lulu for my photo calendars this year.
I also chose Lulu.com to produce the calendars because they print calendars "on demand". This means that the calendars get printed as they are ordered, and we don't have any worries about unsold (and unpaid for!) calendars. Lulu looks after the printing and the shipping....and they will be sending all the proceeds directly to the charity (Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade).
Calendars can be previewed and/or ordered at this link:
If you purchase before September 30th, you can get 20% off by using this code: FALLPHOTO (you must sign in to Lulu to get this discount)
I believe there are also discounts when you order more than one calendar.
Let me know what you think of the calendars...this is the first year that Paws For Charity has created one.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Lynn Hanousek is a pastor, teacher and artist living in New York City with her husband, Bill. They travel the world together as their hobby and share their lives with a delightful assortment of kiddies and kitties. Lynn supports a number of animal charities through her Etsy shop.
"Kitties In Love" is featured on page 68 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
Information from Lynn's etsy shop:We are very happy to announce that we have received permission to be an official part of the clean up effort in the gulf through the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program (LMMSTRP). Audubon Nature Institute is the coordinator of LMMSTRP. Audubon holds the Louisiana state permit to rescue, rehabilitate and release marine mammals and sea turtles. Because the animals cannot be released back into their native habitat, they must be housed until the Gulf is safe for release. The rescue and rehabilitation of each sea turtle is estimated at $5,000 for equipment, supplies, medication and veterinary staff time. http://www.auduboninstitute.org/gulf-oil-spill-resources
50% of the purchase price of all "Matthew an Me Turtle" paintings will be donated to this cause.
50 % of the other sales in our shop will help support Etsy for Animals' charity of the month. EFA's September Charity of the Month is Defenders of Wildlife http://www.defenders.org/about_us/index.php
“Companion animals are near and dear to my heart. That's why I'm thrilled to be a part of this project. Over the years we have provided forever homes for a variety of cats who have out lived their humans.” - Lynn
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sue Collins began her artist's pathway four short years ago at the age of 42. She lives in West Sussex and is currently in the second year of a Fine Art Degree. As well as a dog, two cats and quite a few fish, Sue has three children ranging from 12 to 19 years old. Consequently much of Sue's work is based on family life. Her main interests lie in photography, painting and printmaking.
Sue's photograph entitled "Lovely Lily" is featured on page 66 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. "Lovely Lily" is also available on high quality, blank greeting cards. You can purchase them in the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop.
“I am absolutely delighted to be involved in this year's Paws for Charity Art Book. Avon Breast Cancer Crusade not only raises funds and awareness for breast cancer but also focuses on the medically underserved. Thank you for letting me participate.” - Sue
Friday, September 10, 2010
Susan Black is a self employed designer/ illustrator/ photographer living a happy and very creative life in the tiny Nova Scotia seaside village of Pugwash. She lives in a big old brick fixer upper house which is surrounded by a huge lush and tangled garden/yard and she has a view of the harbour. She loves animals and nature and she shares her home with three cats - Bleet, Oliver & Gus and two terrier mixes - Miss D (Winnie Dixon) and Piper Belle. She has a blog - http://www.29blackstreet.blogspot.com where she posts photographs and/or illustrations daily. She is always interested in freelance work and/or custom pieces. Please contact Susan at email@example.com
The photograph "Winnie Dixon" by Susan is featured on page 65 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
"I carry my camera (an 8 year old Olympus Camedia C-5050) with me always and I enjoy most documenting daily life - my home, my family of animals, my tangled garden and the scenes and vignettes I find out and about on my twice daily jaunts, with Winnie & Piper, around our little village by the sea. I am crazy about animals and nature and I keep a visual journal of this amazing life of mine at my blog 29blackstreet.blogspot.com. Winnie and I are thrilled to be a part of this fantastic fundraiser." - Susan
Monday, September 6, 2010
Kate Green began painting dogs after finding a dog starving to death on a country road. So saddened that anyone could allow this to happen to such a beautiful animal, a painting seemed a suitable way to honour Pepper - now one of Kate's own very loved dogs. Kate began painting commissioned paintings in 2006, mainly of dogs, and has now completed over 150 dog portraits. Kate's commissioned work also includes portraits of horses and people. She also paints non-commissioned work of domestic and wild animals, nests and the natural world.
Kate's painting "Pepper" is featured on page 63 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. “All animals, but particularly dogs, give me so much joy. To paint them and share my love of these wonderful beings with the people who see my work is a great honour.” - Kate
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Shelagh Duffett live in salty Nova Scotia by the sea. Her big tabby cat Monty keeps her company while she creates her whimsical paintings. Widely collected, her art can be found in all four corners of the globe.
This adorable painting is one of three images featured on page 48 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
“Though my art, I wish to create comfort for the soul....similar to sitting in a cozy armchair when tired, seeing the sun shine after the rain and greeting an old friend. I want to add colour and cheer to the world.” - Shelagh