Sunday, June 29, 2014

Artist Profile: Pat Corl

Pat Corl of Field and Ranch Photography has shared a lot with us today! You can also check out her website and facebook page to see her wonderful photography.
Pat Corl (www.fieldandranchphotography.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 the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas. A percentage of my business is pledged for rescue, Paws for Charity is one way I can help animals in need. 

Tell us about one of your favorite photo shoots/painting commissions?
It has to be one of my Bluebonnet mini-sessions. My client brought her 3 dogs, all very different personalities. She was sure after the shoot, and chasing dogs, and wiggling dogs, that there would be nothing she would like. One of her dogs is a senior and she especially wanted shots of her old dog. I got an email 1 week after the shoot that she thought she would have to put her old dog down, she had taken a turn for the worse, She was in tears. When she saw the proofs she was stunned. What a great remembrance for her old dog. I know I felt good after finishing the edits. It’s times like this I remember why I do what I do.
What is your favorite photo/art piece and why?
It’s another senior shoot. We took two senior sisters, my Meg’n and her sister Raven out for a shoot together. They were 12 years old, both rescues, both had been my fosters. The girls were getting old and we wanted to make this an annual thing as long as they were with us. As it turned out, Raven passed during that following year so we did not make it out again. The shots we got were some of my favorites and I made a picture book to display at shows.
What are some things, people, or places that inspire you?
There are other pet photographers out there I like to follow, but mostly, it’s the dogs themselves! You can stage shots, but the dog will always pull one over on you, just being a dog. In the end, it’s the candids that the clients love. It is their dog being a dog and they way they want to remember them. It’s why I have a passion for shooting dogs with jobs. Nothing planned, just capturing these amazing animals and their handlers rounding up livestock or searching in the woods or on a rubble pile. 
Do you have a certain "style" in mind when you create your images?
I prefer a natural, connected style. I prefer to shoot outdoors and find that connection someone has with their dog, unstaged. My background comes from sports and journalism, which is more “on the spot” or “in the moment” photography. Even in the studio, I make a point of continuing to shoot when the dog is not necessarily cooperating to get those candids.
Do you ever find yourself in a creative dry spell? What do you do to get yourself inspired?
I think we all have dry spells. I go back to my roots, and go to dog sport events, working dog trials, the dog park etc and just shoot. The pictures of the dogs in their element always remind me of how amazing these creatures are.
Do you have any creative mentors?
Can’t say that I do. There are other photographers that have a style similar to mine that I like to follow. I am an avid blog reader and get many ideas and help there.
Tell us about a current project you are working on?
After years of shooting stock dogs I found myself enjoying the moment just before the handler asks the dog to work. There is a magic there as the dog quivers with anticipation looking for the stock or looking up at the handler for direction. I’m putting together a book of these moments.
Tell us about a future project you have in mind?
Working dogs. Dogs with jobs in the US and Canada. Dogs that make a living. A way to show and educate people on how many dogs out there do so much for us, even in today’s modern society. The dog’s sense of smell, hearing and bidability still can’t be duplicated!
Do you have a "life's embarrassing moment" you can tell us about one of your assignments?
Meeting a client for a bluebonnet shoot at a field that had been THE place to do these photos for years, only to find the field no longer existed! Then driving to another site that was raved about to find the flowers too sparse for me. I had to reschedule after making her drive miles that day. I can tell you I will go to the sites before I book anyone in the future!

Thanks Pat, for helping out with this project again this year!


Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity
For a 25% discount on your purchase, input coupon code P4C2014 (valid until June 30, 2014). All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity

Monday, June 23, 2014

Artist Profile - Megan Cohen

I'm very happy to introduce Megan Cohen to you today...she has participated in many of the Paws For Charity Projects!
Megan Cohen -  drawsforpaws.com
 Where do you live? What made you want to contribute to help raise funds for an animal shelter in Nova Scotia?
I am from Pennsylvania, but now live in Huntsville, AL with my hubby, 3 rescue pups and two rescue cats.  I’ve participated in the Paws For Charity Art Book for the past 3 years because I enjoy using my artwork to raise money for animals in need.  I continually participate in local animal fundraisers by offering either a gift certificate or original work of art.  In 2013, I was one of five local artists selected to paint a fire hydrant to be auctioned off during the Greater Huntsville Humane Society’s Dog Ball.  I love to see my artistic creations raise money for the animals!
My Business Page on Facebook www.facebook.com/DrawsForPaws


What are some things, people, or places that inspire you?
I’m often inspired by a beautiful photograph of an animal, those photos where the lighting is just right and you can see the deep soulful eyes of the cat or dog.  I’ve also been inspired to paint an animal because of their story, either happy or sad.  I like to use my paintings to bring attention to their story or special need.

Do you ever find yourself in a creative dry spell? What do you do to get yourself inspired?
Yes, there are times that I find myself in creative dry spells or times when I just need to step away from a painting because it isn’t progressing the way I want.  I turn to jewelry making to break out of it.  I have my own line of jewelry called Megan Marie Jewelry.  My website is www.meganmariejewelry.com and I’m on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MeganMarieJewelry

Do you have any creative mentors?
My creative mentor is Patricia Eldridge.  I saw several of her paintings after we moved to Huntsville, AL in 2005.  I absolutely fell in love with her watercolor paintings, especially the ones of pets with angels and her sea life paintings.  I started painting watercolor pet portraits after being inspired by Patricia’s work.  Patricia has also participated in The Paws For Charity Art Books.

Thanks for your continued support with this project Megan!


Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity
For a 25% discount on your purchase, input coupon code P4C2014 (valid until June 30, 2014). All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Artist Profile: Peta Santoro

Peta Santoro is new to the Paws For Charity Project this year. You can find out a lot more about Peta through her website (www.100loyalfaces.com), Flickr - Peta Santoro, Instagram - @petajoy_s, and Pinterest - Peta Santoro.
Inka and Peta Santoro (100loyalfaces.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 Perth, Western Australia. I wanted to contribute to the Paws for Charity Project because I loved the concept. I am a collector of photographic art books and when I saw some of Sara’s previous editions, I jumped at the chance to be part of such a wonderful and well-intentioned project. Because the Paws for Charity is a benevolent project, I didn’t have any hesitation in wanting to contribute. I just hoped my work would add to the book’s appeal and therefore assist in raising funds. 
 
Tell us about one of your favorite photo shoots/painting commissions?
My favourite photo shoots are always the ones I do with my black Labrador, Inka Blossom. I’ve tried to teach her how to pose for photos and sometimes she will indulge me. Two particular shoots spring to mind when I think of “favourites”. I did a shoot with her at a park near my house. The sun was behind her and casting a beautiful, golden-pinkey hue over the tall, yellow grass. The colour of the sky really set off her black coat and the shots look magical. I have three photos from that shoot framed in my office. My other favourite shoot with Inky was at the dog beach where I took a series of shots of her shaking the water off her coat. The photos make me smile every time I look at them because she just looks so funny! 

What are some things, people, or places that inspire you?
I love looking at other peoples’ photographic work and studying it. So for that reason, I love visual mediums like Flickr, Pinterest and Instagram. In my opinion they are sites where people can offer up their work (or in the case of Pinterest, other peoples’ work) for art’s sake rather than to try to market a business. Even though I have a Facebook page, I actually loathe using it. The whole medium of Facebook has changed for me – it no longer feels like an inspiring place, but rather, a competitive and ruthless place where businesses are competing against each other for the most “likes”. I read a study recently that said people are more depressed after spending 30 minutes on Facebook than if they steered clear and I couldn’t have agreed more.

Tell us about a current project you are working on?
Last year I took 100 portraits of dogs for my charity project (the 100 Loyal Faces Project). I then used the images to create several pieces of artwork – a large fine art print, gift cards and a calendar. But I’ve been saving the best to last and I am currently working on turning some of my most poignant dog portraits into a photography book (hopefully in time for Christmas).
 
Thanks Peta....I'm so happy you joined us this year!
 
Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity For a 25% discount on your purchase, input coupon code P4C2014 (valid until June 30, 2014). All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Artist Profile: Marie Matheson

Marie Matheson is a talented artist and photographer. The 2014 Paws For Charity book featured some of her photographs. To see more of her work, visit her flickr page.
 
Marie Matheson
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 Francisco, with my husband and two rescue dogs.  I am always interested in helping animals in any way I can and Sara's project ----Paws For Charity --is a fun and easy way to make a contribution.  Until I moved to San Francisco last year, I was an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. In my new locale, I now hope to provide support to SPCA of San Francisco.

Do you ever find yourself in a creative dry spell?  What do you do to get yourself inspired?
Dry spells are common from what I understand!  My dry spells come when I am unable to detach myself long enough from my left brain day job to get a the chunk of time needed to relax,  out doors in nature, before I become motivated to either paint or take photos. So I make sure I create that time for myself on a regular basis.

Do you have any creative mentors?
I have 3 creative mentors at the moment:  Photographers Diane Varner and  Brenda Tharp, plus painter,  Flora Bowley.  Diane's photos are ethereal and make me strive to be a more creative photographer. Brenda is a wonderful teacher/ instructor whom I have learned much from and encourage people to take part in one of her workshops.  Flora offers an online painting course that addresses techniques, but also how to overcome those challenges of creative dry spells we all seem to reach.


Thanks Marie...I'm so glad you participated in the 2014 Paws For Charity Project!

Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity
For a 25% discount on your purchase, input coupon code P4C2014 (valid until June 30, 2014). All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity

Friday, June 6, 2014

Artist Profile: Lori Rowe

Lori Rowe has participated in the Paws For Charity Project since 2010. It's so great to have people continue to be involved year after year. Find out more about her art here: www.artbylorirowe.com. She is also very involved with Australian Shepherd Rescue...you can find out about that here: www.aussierescueil.com.
Lori Rowe  (www.artbylorirowe.com)
Where do you live? What made you want to contribute to help raise funds for an animal shelter in Nova Scotia?
I was living in an RV and traveling all over the USA and parts of the UK when I discovered your book. I started contributing on the second book, it raised money for breast cancer. I wanted to participate because I love animals, especially dogs, I am a portrait artist, and at that time, my sister, recovered now, had breast cancer. I knew there was something I could do to help. Even a little bit. I do it now because every little bit helps!

Do you have a certain "style" in mind when you create your images?
I do have an image in mind when I work but it is always different in accordance with the subject and the owner (of the pet) sometimes they let me decide how I want to portray the subject and that is always the best.

Do you ever find yourself in a creative dry spell? What do you do to get yourself inspired? 
Of course I do find I have creative dry spells and that is the pits when you have a job to complete. I find browsing art sites or photo images gets me going. There are times I have painted a subject 6 times before I am happy with the job and NO ONE gets to see it until I am content with the work.

Tell us about a current project you are working on?
Right now I am working on two very different things. I am a foster mommy for ASRM and I also set up veterinary services and write the adoptable dogs biographies. I have been experimenting with computer imaging and word art for t-shirts for the Aussiepaloosa coming up 06-21-2014. The other project is a large peacock ink on canvas painting. The effect of the ink is so intense I've enjoyed the project. And of course the subject matter is also new.

 
Thanks Lori...for your contributions this year...and the past 4 years of the Paws For Charity Project!

Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity
For a 25% discount on your purchase, input coupon code P4C2014 (valid until June 30, 2014). All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity