This is Rina. Rina is a Blue Tick Water hound. She lives at the local Humane Society in Richmond, VA. She is possibly the most dainty, quiet, elegant dog I have seen in a long time. It really was hard just to photograph her and then walk out the door. Painting her was a delight and so free. I like the little square format so much. but I am eager to see if I can get the same effect in say a 12 x 12 or even a 36 x 36.
I told her I thought she did an awesome job of capturing the longing look of Rina waiting for a home but also her hope that the next visitor would take her to her new family. Please go to Cathyann's blog and read her special techinique in painting this wonderful piece. As if this wonderful gift wasn't enough, Cathyann also gave our project a monetary gift also. Thank you so much Cathyann! You opitimize the generosity I knew is here in the artist community.
The Art for Animals project is simple. Make a portrait of an animal in your local shelter, or of an animal who's a part of a rescue operation, and donate the painting to the shelter or the rescue group.
That's it! The shelter or rescue group can do whatever it wants with the painting - or drawing or mixed media piece or whatever medium you choose.
Please submit jpgs at 72 dpi, a maximum of 600 px, or 8 inches across, and about 200K or less.
Your photographs should be sharp and free of glare. The best way to shoot them is to put your paintings in the shade, on a fairly sunny day, and shoot without a flash.
If you have photoshop, see R. Garriot's blog for tips on using photoshop to correct the colors and tones of your paintings.
Send your paintings to email@example.com, or to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to email@example.com and we will upload them to the blog.
Thank you for participating!
Sheila Tajima, Carrie Jacobson, Sandy Sandy
Letter for newspapers
Greetings! (Your name) here. I'm a local painter, participating in the Art for Animals project. I think the project might make a good story for your paper.
Here's how it works: Local painters paint portraits of animals in our shelters, and then give the paintings to the shelters. The shelters can do whatever they want with the paintings.
This is an unusual project because it is so direct. Typically, if artists donate to shelters or other charitable institutions, they give a percentage of their sales. I'm giving my paintings, free and clear.
The story would be inspiring, good news for your readers. There's plenty of art with it, too. Publication would help me connect with more artists in the area, and make the project more successful.
Paintings from participating artists may be seen at http://artforshelteranimals.blogspot.com.
I will call you in XX days to see if you're interested.