Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Gift Of Joy

Wishing You Joy and a Wonderful 2010! With Love, Liz

Wishing You The Gift of Joy ~ oil on linen panel, 5 x 7" ~ Liz Holm

If you are reading this blog, you are probably like me and Liz and all the other folks here in our community who love animals with a passion that is all consuming. Liz Holm has been a contributor to the "Art For The Animals" project from the beginning. When I got this ecard from Liz this holiday season, I inquired about the subject of her heart warming painting. Liz got back to me with this wonderful story about Taz.
She writes;
Taz arrived at the Prince George's County SPCA in the spring of 2007, and his exuberance and outgoing nature quickly won over his foster family and their three dogs. Unfortunately, little Taz's enthusiasm led to injury when he jumped on another sleeping dog in the middle of the night, and he was bitten by the much larger, startled male. Taz's upper jaw was broken, and he spent 2 months of repeated visits to the dental surgeon, and wore the dreaded Elizabethan/cone collar while his upper jaw mended. Once bitten, twice shy? Not Taz. Undaunted, he continued to romp with his cone collar on, and showed affection to everyone he met. Once his jaw was completely healed, he joined his adoptive family and new brother, Jack, on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The last picture is of Taz in his new back yard, smiling with sheer joy. It's that picture that inspired me to do the Christmas painting. Such a joyous, forgiving, unstoppable spirit seems right for the season.

Taz recovering

Taz visiting Licorice and Coconut

Taz happy at his forever home....
Photos courtesy of Pam Townsend. The sale of the original art and reproductions to benefit the PGSPCA.

Thanks so much for sharing your story and wonderful image with us Liz. Wishing you and the entire "Art For The Animals" community a HEALTHY, HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR! ~ Sheila, Carrie and Sandy

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


By Vern Schwarz, for the D'Arcy animal shelter in Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada

The talented Vern Schwarz has donated another beautiful painting to the Art for Shelter Animals Project. According to Vern's blog, this is an 8x8 painting, in oil, on canvas board.

Vern has an amazing way of getting the eyes of his animals, I think. They capture and reflect the light, and always make me think that in just one instant, they might look away. This cat seems ready to spring, coiled, muscles tight. Lovely!

Check out Vern's blog to see more of his fabulous work.

Thanks, Vern!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Sledge. By Liz Pearson of Capetown, South Africa,
for DARG, Domestic Animal Rescue Group.

It's been a while since we've heard from Liz, all the way in South Africa, but readers of her blog know she's been making beautiful paintings, of people, flowers, fish. Liz's work is really remarkable.

Sledge is currently with the Domestic Animal Rescue Group, in Cape Town, South Africa. Liz writes that he is "a 3 year old male cross husky/collie who was abandoned by his owner. DARG say that Sledge is clearly confused and desperate for that human bond.

"Isn't it incredible that people can just abandon an animal like casting off an old shoe. There is no empathy or consideration on how that poor creature is going to survive.

"I hope Sledge finds his forever human companion soon. "

We do, too, Liz.

- Carrie

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Real Jasmine

Jasmine. Ink and oil on canvas, 18x18, by Alli Farkas. Donated to HARPS, the Hooved Animal Rescue and Protection Society, in Barrington Hills, Illinois.

My apologies to Alli Farkas, and to readers I might have confused... the lovely painting I posted yesterday was not of Jasmine, who's shown here, but of Ginger. I suppose it doesn't matter to the horses, but it does to us humans. Sorry!

Alli, who made both of these beautiful paintings, had an interesting time getting the horses to pose for photographs. Here's her story:

"They were both out in a huge grass pasture with a lot of other horses, ponies, and a donkey when I arrived.

As soon as I entered the field, I was surrounded by equines who all thought I had treats for them. When they discovered I didn't, they all soon went back to munching grass, and that's where the problems started! It's really difficult to get a horse who is busy eating to look up at you and pose for a photo.

Usually I have someone with me to distract them, but this time I was running solo because Ronda, the gal at HARPS who was going to assist me, had to run out on a starving horse case just before I arrived. I tried everything--crunching cellophane (horses who like peppermints think you're unwrapping one), jingling car keys, even tossing road apples in the air.

Nothing worked. I did have the HARPS newsletter in my back pocket. It's magazine size, and I opened it up so the pages were hanging down and dangled it slowly in front of Jasmine's nose. She was mildly annoyed, looked up and I got off a few good shots.

Ginger was a different story. She wasn't going for this trick at all, and every time I tried she just showed me her rear end as she trotted off in the opposite direction. I got a couple shots of her while trotting, but they weren't totally in focus. After about an hour and a half of patiently baiting and waiting on the horses, Ronda returned and took Ginger out of the pasture where she graciously posed for us. I combined the fuzzy trotting shot with the sharp portrait style shot to get the painting I was after."

Great story! And great persistence.

HARPS sounds like an excellent group: you can see their website by clicking here.

Alli writes that HARPS is "a wonderful organization
(national chair is Loretta Swit) and they have rescued not only horses, but cattle, goats, and even a llama. They were effusively appreciative of my offer to paint Jasmine and Ginger, and I can't recommend them highly enough if folks out there wish to donate."

Alli's work is engaging and charming. Check out her website and her blog.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Ginger. By Alli Farkas, as a donation for HARPS, the Hooved Animal Rescue and Protection Society, in Barrington Hills, Illinois.

Alli Farkas has joined us in the Art for Shelter Animals Project, with two lovely paintings of horses. Alli writes, "I live in southwest Michigan but spend a lot of time in the Chicago area because I still have sort of a job there. I have been donating to HARPS, the Hooved Animal Rescue and Protection Society, in Barrington Hills, Illinois for a while, but since I don't really have much going in the job market right now I decided I had to curtail my charitable donations this year. So I contacted them about painting one of their adoptable horses, and ended up doing two of them! Ginger is a two year old paint mare, and a nice photo of her is also on HARPS website."

She had a devil of a time getting photos of the horses, but I'm going to save that story to go along with Alli's second painting.

Check out her work at her website and her blog! Both are wonderfully engaging, and showcase Alli's really superb paintings. The HARPS site is great, too.

- Carrie

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

More angels from Michigan

Toni Payne
digital art 12x12"
Missaukee Humane Society

Toni Payne
digital art 12x12"
Missaukee Humane Society

Tracy Greeley wrote the following about these wonderful images.

Buddy is a digital painting on canvas by Sparta Michigan Artist, Toni Payne. She chose this subject because his photo looked so sad. (in real life he is a beautiful, energetic bird dog ready to hunt!) Overall size 12 x 12", image size 8 x 8".
Both Kyah and Eric are digital paintings on canvas in the Andy Warhol style by Sparta Michigan Artist, Toni Payne. She chose these subjects because they looked like they needed some color in their lives. Overall size 12 x 12", image size is 8 x 8".

You can see more of Toni Payne's gorgeous work at her website HERE.

Thank you so much Toni and Tracy!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Northern Michigan Angel Tracy Greeley

Doris Lea
8x10" watercolor

Doris Lea
8x10" watercolor

What a wonderful surprise Sandy, Carrie and I had when we opened our email and found a treasure trove of art. Upon reading, an innovative woman named Tracy Greeley organized and convinced local artists to contribute their art to the local shelter. Here's is part of what she wrote:

My name is Tracy Greeley and I own a dog grooming business, Pure Fur Salon in northern Michigan. I was looking for fund raising ideas for our local shelter when I ran across your website.
Great idea - great for the shelter and great for the artists!
Our Missaukee Humane Society is a no-kill shelter located in Lake City, MI that operates without federal, state, county or township funding. A non-profit organization that would cease to exist with donations. It is an impressive facility run by exceptional staff, should you care to visit:
Anyway, I recently spoke with the area art association and relatives and friends and whoever else I can get to listen and would like to present the attached donated art for your review (and I hope posting to your site).

Of course we will post these! This set of watercolor paintings are the first from Cadillac Michigan artist DorisLea. Tracy said she chose her subjects because of their beauty. You can contact Doris at her email address:

Thanks to both Doris and Tracy. Stay tuned for several other artists from the Michigan area including one item that has never been featured on our project yet.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Smiling Survivor

9x12 oil on artboard

I was so touched by Survivor's story, I knew I had to paint him. Read about his story HERE.
Jessica of Jason Heigl Foundation was pleased with the donation and said she would have it included in the adoption but for now the foster parent is enjoying the painting.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Meet Bear

Bear. By Karla Smith of South Florida. Funds raised go to On the Fifth Day.

As the Art for Shelter Project begins to add a new path, we have received this posting from Karla Smith of South Florida.

She is working with a Tennessee sanctuary, On the Fifth Day, which saves homeless and abused animals. She sells her acrylic paintings for $45, and donates $40 to the sanctuary. The remaining $5 goes toward supplies.

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Boxer Rescue In Florida

I got this lovely painting and story in my inbox today from Evelyn Peters. She writes; "I was lucky enough to read about your organization in the listings of the recent Art Calendar. I have been associated with Florida Boxer Rescue: for the past two years. I adopted a boxer, Tilly, two years ago, and now that she has recently passed, I just adopted Abby last week.

These boxers are sometimes found by individuals when they have been abandoned by their previous owners after breeding them or by the fact that they simply no longer want them. The local shelters contact the rescue if they receive a boxer. Many of them are extremely neglected and sometimes abused. The Rescue provides all the medical treatment necessary to bring them back to health and also ensures they are spayed or neutered. They then go to a foster home to wait for their forever home.

I have never been a foster Mom, I knew I would turn into a "flunkie" and want to keep all of them. I do what I can by donating portrait paintings for the organization to auction off at their fund raisers. This is an extremely dedicated group of people who only want the best for their dogs. I feel honored to be able to help them with their goals. I am attaching my most recent painting of the boxer Sampson. He was adopted by two wonderful people who loved receiving this portrait to always remember him by. I look forward to continuing helping the Rescue through my artwork. Your listing has inspired me to address more local shelters and offer this fund raising option. Thanks for such a great way to help those who rely on us for our kindness!" ~ Evelyn Peters

Thank-you very much for all you do, Evelyn. You really are an inspiration!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lenny the Little Lamb

12x6 oil on art board
Animal Place Sanctuary

Lenny was born to Virginia who was confiscated by animal control from a live-market slaughterhouse. The animals were malnourished and suffering from a host of diseases. Animal Place rescues many domestic and barn animals from a variety of situations.

Lenny is up for bid on ebay HERE. The other three paintings for Animal Place look like they are going to be sold.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Nate and 'Nother solution for raising funds...

Nate the Goat
7.75x7.75 inches oil on Art Board
Animal Place Sanctuary
Available for auction HERE

Animal Place Sanctuary is a wonderful place for animals rescued from slaughter or abuse. They are in the midst of a move to a bigger venue so I offered and they readily accepted me listing their Nate on ebay with all the profit going to their rescue organization. It may be a few dollars here and there for now because I am starting at a low start bid and I need to retain a portion of it to buy replacement materials and shipping and handling but I'm hoping it will catch on. This blog is like a huge and ongoing brainstorming session to keep finding ways to help all of God's creatures.

Oh and about Nate, here's what Animal Place wrote about him: Nate is about 2 years old. He was going to be shot and killed by his "owners". We immediately intervened, taking our trailer out to rescue him. He's now the top goat, being a total dorkwad with the other goats (especially over leaves).

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

We've mentioned this before, but for those of you who don't usually read Art Calender magazine. Here is the article that Carrie submitted and was accepted by this prestigious publication. Thank you Carrie!
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Our First Ferret

Snickers. By Carol Lavoie, as a donation to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn.

The astonishingly prolific Carol Lavoie has sent us our first ferret. This little guy (gal?) is so adorable, I'd even contemplate adopting - and I am really not a big fan of ferrets. Still, the gesture in this painting, the shine in Snickers's eyes, and that adorable pink nose all enchant me.

What a wonderful painting, Carol! I think Protectors of Animals should give you some kind of medal.

- Carrie

Monday, September 7, 2009


Daisy. By Carol Lavoie, donated to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn.

Here's the final painting in the first batch by Carol Lavoie. I'm just loving these pieces! Daisy, I think, goes really nicely with Solo, by Kate Merriman, posted Sept. 28. I'd love to have these two, framed, hanging side by side.

Protectors of Animals is lucky, indeed, to have Carol making these donation.

Now, I need some help! I wrote a small article for Art Calendar, and I believe it has been in, but I can't find it. I'm not talking about the listing in the back, but a little piece, accompanied by a painting, explaining the project. If any of you have seen this, would you please let me know which edition and what page? ( I really feel like I'm losing my mind, a little. Thanks!

- Carrie

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

An encore with Esther!

by Kate Merriman
18x18 original oil on canvas

This is Esther who resides at the Dreamtime Sanctuary in Elgin, Texas. With a name like "Dreamtime" I'm sure Esther is in 'hog heaven'. [Sorry I could not resist] Please visit Kate Merriman's blog and check out her other work. She has a wonderful portrait of Simon and I love a huge painting of a pair of socks she recently completed. Check it out here. Thank you again Kate!

Friday, August 28, 2009

So cute "Solo"

8x10 original Oil on canvas

This is one of two first contributions Kate Merriman is making to the Project. The lucky recipient of this gorgeous painting is the Austin Humane Society.

Please visit her blog to see her other paintings and to get a sneak peek at the second contribution I will be posting later on. Visit her here. Thank you so much Kate! This is an awesome addition to the project!

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Keira. By Liz Pearson, of Cape Town, South Africa, for DARG

Liz Pearson of Cape Town, South Africa, has made this remarkable oil painting of Keira, a 4-year-old pit bull cross. Look at the stance and the muscle and the pride in this dog! And yet, Liz has showed Keira's sweet expression and intelligence, too. Liz really has the touch. Check out her blog to see more. And to read more about DARG, the Domestic Animal Rescue Group, click here.

As for Keira's pursuits, "apparently," Liz writes, "her best activity is to watch TV on the couch over some biscuits! She's love-starved and a real softie."

Pit bulls have a reputation, that's true. But Liz believes - and I do, too - that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners. Keira is a sweetie, and with the right family, would be a wonderful pet.

- Carrie


Duke. By Carol Lavoie, as a donation to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn.

Here's another painting on the abstract edge, by Carol Lavoie. To my eye, Duke looks proud and timid and sweet, all at the same time. I like the colors Carol has used, the lavender and blue, along with the real doggy colors. A lovely painting!

- Carrie

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Ebony. By Carol Lavoie, a donation to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn.

One of the parts of this project that I love is seeing the different approaches that artists take to painting animals.

Carol Lavoie,
who works as an astrologer, has painted 10 lovely animal portraits for Protectors of Animals, an all-volunteer organization in East Hartford, Conn. She has painted them in a wide variety of styles, from very realistic to this one, Ebony, who I find interestingly abstract. I really like the way Carol has loaded on the paint, and reached for different colors to show the shine and planes of this black cat's fur. Nice job!

- Carrie

Monday, August 24, 2009

Just Dandy

Here are Mandy and Tandy, painted by Carol Lavoie, as a donation for the Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn.

I like the way Carol has painted these two, curled up together, comfortable and loving and warm. I hope they're adopted together.

I always wonder whether our pets know that they had littermates. Smokey, one of our dogs, had a brother Bear, whom we'd have liked to adopt, but the two apparently spent their time fighting, according to the shelter workers. Smokey has never seemed to miss Bear. And none of our dogs has seemed to miss the others, when the others have died. Maybe they do, but in ways I just don't notice.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

She Painted a Poster!

Poster by Ann Gilchrist. Donated to the Groton, Conn., animal shelter.

Somehow in the tornado that so often envelops my life, I lost this painting by Ann Gilchrist. It's one of three she made for the animal shelter in Groton, Conn.

Ann is a painter and photographer, who also takes care of her elderly parents, and, when time permits, works as a dog-walker.

I love this painting, the expression on the animals' faces, the colors, the love that so clearly went into this. I'm sorry that I mislaid it - but thrilled that I found it again!

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Meenew. By Carol Lavoie. Donated to the Protectors of Animals
in East Hartford, Conn.

The complexity of this painting of Meenew by Carol Lavoie truly draws me in. There's something solemn in Meenew's eyes, and something challenging, and to my mind, something that would be just begging for love, if she weren't too self-respectful to beg. It's really a lovely painting, I think.
And it's one of 10 that Carol made to donate to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford.

I am glad to see that people are reading and responding to the article in Art Calendar - but I still don't have my copy! Might have to break down and buy one. Soon as I do, mine will arrive in the mail!

- Carrie

Friday, August 21, 2009

Vicki Wood and her Bob...

please read his story here

What a remarkle story about Bob by an even more remarkable lady and artist Vicki Wood. I recieved an email an it read as follows:
I was happy to see your article in Art Calendar! I have been doing this for several years. Each year I donate a painting to Oxford Lafayette Humane Society and I write the story of the selected dog. I then paint the portrait and hand-print the story on the surrounding mat. These are then auctioned at their annual fundraiser. Below is the first of the series with the story in Word) and this was one of my first animal portraits. I have also donated to BellyRubs (Bassett Hound) Rescue. I will send to you images of my other donations in a separate email. My work has raised $3,426.00 for animals so far. Thank you for all you do! Vicki Wood (

With her experience and her success with her donations, I asked her advise and she generously wrote:

For newbies: I have found that Rescue organizations are very cautious especially if they don't know you. I think that they are concerned that we will not deliver what we promise. So, one way to go is to just paint a portrait of a dog or cat and simply donate (no strings). Then, request to come in and take photos of their residents and offer to let them select the animals photographed (if they have an interest). It is sometimes helpful, once you get the opportunity to go into the shelter, to take someone that can assist you as the shelter employees are usually very busy. I also suggest that you try to work with at least one humane society that is not a "no-kill" as they are housing the animals that are in the most urgent need. You can either go by the organization's facility or simply send an email or both to start the relationship. Also, once you donate, you can follow-up with them and find out how much your piece raised. Don't be disappointed if they sell for less than you expect.... that's just the way it goes sometimes. It does establish good relations with you and an entire community and helps save little lives.

Awesome advice for someone who's "been there, done that". It should be encouragement for anybody who is still on the fence on whether or not to jump in and try this. I, Carrie and Sandy are honored that Vicki Wood reached out at our new program and inspired us to keep on doing what we're doing and I am sure encouraged other to take that first step. Thank you so much Vicki!

Make sure you check out her wonderful website also by clicking right here! "Houla" is amazing on the cover of her site.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Nellie. By Carol Lavoie, for Protectors of Animals in East Hartford.

Here's another of Carol Lavoie's delightful paintings. She's donating them to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford. This all-volunteer group has been around for years and years, and has rescued and found new homes for thousands of animals.

Connecticut is lucky to have them, and they are lucky to have Carol!

- Carrie

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

One Cute Cookie

Oreo. By Carol Lavoie, donated to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn.

Here's another of the 10 paintings that Carol Lavoie (check out her website!) donated to Protectors of Animals, an all-volunteer organization in East Hartford, Conn. I love Oreo's big eyes, and the way Carol painted the softness into his coat. Beautiful!

Recently, we've had wonderful letters from artists across the country, asking what Art for Shelter Animals is about, how to get involved - and what they've done or are doing, in their own hometowns. Sheila, Sandy and I will bring you these stories as we can, so look forward to that!

In the meantime, thank you all for all you do.

- Carrie

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Riley. By Carol LaVoie, donated to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn.

Here's another painting by the talented and exuberant Carol LaVoie. She has made and donated 10, count 'em 10! paintings to this group, which sounds like it's well worth the attention and the donations.

Sometimes, it's all too easy to be discouraged. The economy, health care, the heat, the price of gas, the tomato blight, the disastrous future it seems we're facing - sometimes it feels like the issues are a huge crowd, screaming and yelling and threatening to riot.

Then I think about things like this project, and the people who open their hearts and give their talent and their love so freely, and that crowd just quits its noise-making and goes home, two by two, hand in hand.

- Carrie

Monday, August 17, 2009

Mom joins in, too!

Top, Jones; below, Boo. Both are watercolor paintings by Bernadine Lucas (check out her website), donated to the Liberty Humane Society of Jersey City, N.J.
Bernadine is the mother of Ashley Lucas, who donated a wonderful painting to the same shelter a week or so ago. Click here to see that painting!

Ashley Lucas and her mother usually don't do projects together. But, Ashley writes, "I love her work so much I thought this would be a good way to get her involved in a very worthy cause."

So Mom, aka Bernadine Lucas, made these two wonderful paintings for the Liberty Humane Society of Jersey City, N.J.

According to the profile on Bernadine's on-line portfolio site, she's been "drawing, painting and illustrating since I was a child and sharpened my skills while attending the Maryland Institute. I now sell my works at the gallery/fine arts store that I co-own with my husband in historic Downtown Lancaster, PA."

I love these paintings! They have a sweet, whimsical quality that makes me smile, and makes me think of some of the nicer cats I've lived with.

How lucky we are to have such a wonderful mother and daughter artist team find us and join in the project!

- Carrie

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Sarah. By Carol LaVoie. Donation to Protectors of Animals, East Hartford, Conn.

The Internet is truly an amazing thing, isn't it? How it can unite us, one by one and dozen by dozen - it's what the town crier used to be, what newspapers used to be, what fences used to be, when neighbors were really neighbors.

Our project puts the internet to the best use possible, I think.

This is one of Carol LaVoie's 10 donations to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn. This week, I'm going to call the group and talk to Jody, who heads it up, and find out what POA is going to do with Carol's beautiful donations.

I'll let you know!

- Carrie

Saturday, August 15, 2009

From Texas, it's Wanda and Hannah

Grace. Acrylic on illustration board, by Wanda Wilkins of Fort Worth, Texas.

Above, Hannah Wilkins, 14, with her portrait, "Cat Nap," shown below.
Hannah and her grandmother, Wanda Wilkins, are donating the portraits to the Humane Society of North Texas.

Wanda Wilkins, of Fort Worth, Texas, called last week to ask about the Art for Shelter Animals Project. She and her granddaughter, Hannah, were interested in participating.

True to their word, Wanda and Hannah made beautiful portraits of animals, and will donate them soon to the Humane Society of North Texas.

Wanda says she usually paints abstracts, so this is a departure for her. But what a lovely, soulful painting of Grace! I can feel her coat, just by looking at the painting. I also love Hannah's "Cat Nap," which really captures the bliss of the snoozing feline.

Wanda has a really cool-looking place to paint, the Tree House Studio, and her work is luscious and colorful and rich. Check out her work and her website.

Welcome, Wanda and Hannah, and many thanks.

- Carrie

Friday, August 14, 2009

First of Ten!

Sally. By Carol LaVoie. Donation to Protectors of Animals, East Hartford, Conn.

I feel as though Christmas came about four months early.

When I opened my email this morning, I saw five posts from the other Carrie Jacobson, whose email address is just like mine, but without the "b." She is a nice woman, lives in Buffalo, NY, and forwards my stuff to me - and is buying a painting of mine, to boot. We're planning to meet for the first time in a couple of weeks.

So when I saw all these emails from her, I didn't know what to think.

But I opened the first one - and to my absolute delight, it contained two portraits! So did each of the remaining four emails.

Carol LaVoie, who describes herself as a hobby painter, has made 10 donations of animal portraits to a group in East Hartford, Conn., called "Protectors of Animals." The group, made up entirely of volunteers, has rescued and found homes for 14,000 cats and 7,000 dogs. Its website says it relies on adoption donations, membership dues, gifts, memorials, bequests, grants and fund-raising events.

So Carol's 10 paintings should be very much appreciated!

In addition, they are just beautiful. Carol, who also has been a foster home for Protectors of Animals for nine years, seems to capture the souls of the animals she paints. I also love the backgrounds and the angles she uses.

When Carol is not painting or rescuing animals, she has a life as an astrologer. Check out her website - and check back here over the next couple weeks, as I post Carol's paintings to the blog.

- Carrie

Friday, July 31, 2009

Angela's Amazing Azalea!

8x10 oil on canvas

I got to know Angela Elledge through Karin Jurick's Different Strokes from Different Folks Blog. She is one the first group of artists from this challenge that I started following earlier this year. Angela is an experienced plein air painter but I've always admired her pet portraits and her figural paintings. Her movie star looks and her love for cows and long horns make her such an interesting person as well.

This is Angela's first contribution for the Art for Animals project! Her friend decided to take Azalea from a shelter where she had been for over 100 days to try and give her the comforts of a home until she found her forever home. Angela plans to give this beautiful painting to Azalea's new family.

Please check out Angela's wonderful website and blog. See if you can find a couple of my favorite paintings: Lucy, Four on the Floor and Old Eyebrows.

Thank you so much Angela!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Little Shelter, Big Success

This photo accompanies the Little Shelter's article about Lori Rowe and the Art for Shelter Animals Project.

The wonderful painter and animal-lover, my friend Lori Rowe, has moved from Long Island to New Mexico (not the good part of New Mexico, she says, but the hot and dry part), and is painting there and doing very good deeds to help the animal population.

The Little Shelter, a Long Island rescue operation to which Lori donated a beautiful painting (see the March 18 post) has highlighted her and our project in its newsletter. Here's what they say:

"‘Art for Animals’ is a project that encourages artists to paint a portrait of an animal in their local animal shelter, or a portrait of an animal that is part of a rescue operation.

"When Long Island artist Lori Rowe decided to join this group of animal-loving artists, she began researching shelters in her area. After reading about Little Shelter, Lori knew that this was the first organization she would like to help.

"On Sunday, March 29, Lori came to Little Shelter armed with a wonderful painting entitled ‘Home’. The painting depicts a stray dog looking toward houses, and wishing for one of his own. Lori toured Little Shelter with her husband, and knew that she had made the right choice.

"During her visit, Lori was further inspired by one of our longer-term residents, Ingrid. She immediately decided to do a portrait of Ingrid which Little Shelter could present to whoever adopts this lovely lady.

Says Little Shelter President, Maryann Chernovsky, ‘It is wonderful that a group like Art for Animals exists to help shelter animals. We thank Lori for her generosity. She has a gift for capturing the soul of animals.'

‘Home’ will soon be auctioned to raise money for the dogs and cats at Little Shelter."

Hooray for Lori Rowe and Little Shelter!

And a p.s.: Lori writes to say that it looks like Ingrid has a home!

- Carrie

Sunday, July 26, 2009

This week - Dog Drawing & Cat Sketch Challenge

My final sketch of a dog from the Burlington County Shelter is a composite put together in Photoshop from two finished drawings I did for our sketchingeveryday current sketching challenge.

This week I've had a bit of interest from the ASAP blog, so I'm posting two different challenge photos to try to get some new peps involved!

Remember K I S S - squint, and break the subject down into shapes (positive and negative). I find it easier to draw something when I think of it as a shape, instead of a thing. Right Brain vs. Left Brain

This photo is one of the poor kitties I took photos of that were in jail at the shelter. I'm going to draw this guy without the bars, however. I'll probably lightly sketch in the bars though, as they do break the subject up into smaller and simpler shapes which will be an aid in the drawing process. Drawing a precise grid on your photo and the same dimensions on your paper is a classic and useful drawing technique.

This year, I'm posting a photo at the beginning of the week on my sketchingeveryday blog and if anyone chooses to sketch this (in any medium, colors or not) and send your drawing to:, I'll post it.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Kay Accepts The Challenge

I got a wonderful drawing in last night from Kay (check out her website!). She writes;" I have recently found your blog, and love this idea. I am sorry to be late with my drawing, but here it is. I enjoy very much trying to draw dogs!"

Well Kay, actually, you are early! I usually don't post the current challenge drawing until Sunday or Monday. Please feel free to send in any of the challenge drawings at any time. I always appreciate artist's efforts. Nice to meet you and thank you so much for your lovely colored pencil drawing, Kay!

See more about this challenge here.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Jiles from Jersey

Jiles. Illustration in pencil, watercolor and crayon by Ashley Lucas. Donated to the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City, N.J.

Ashley Lucas of Jersey City, N.J., saw the call for artists in the back of Art Calendar and was inspired to join. She wrote to her local shelter, found a photo on petfinder and chose a cat who, she writes, "has lots of personality!"

"His name is Jiles and he's a white Tuxedo mix who was adoptable last week and hopefully has a home by now... " she writes.

Ashley framed her illustration, which she made using pencils, watercolors and crayons, and donated it to the shelter, which plans to use it to decorate a wall that desperately needs some artwork.

On her website, Ashley describes herself this way: "I take pictures. I draw. I make movies. I wear big earrings and I love eating a good meal out." Hey... she sounds like me... Except for the drawing and the movies... Her website is just wonderful, loaded with beautiful and whimsical work. Fun!

We're all so happy you're with us, Ashley!

- Carrie

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Elkhound / Shepherd Mix Sketching Challenge

Today I'm posting the next challenge photos of a pretty pup I met at the Burlington County Animal Shelter for my SketchingEveryday weekly drawing challenge. When I went to the shelter, I took many reference photos of the animals for our Art For The Animals project. I did one sketch of this little cutie this morning and I hope some of you artists that are reading this will join in too.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Memorial Piece for Harold

Harold the Pygmy Goat
6x6 oil on Hardboard

This is a memorial piece for a the wonderful folks at Animal Place Sanctuary. They had rescued Harold and he had become a dear addition to their Sanctuary before passing away last week. Please read about his inspiring story and the awesome folks at this Bay Area Rescue focusing on farm and other domestic animals here. I hope they will let me do more art for them in the future.