Sunday, May 31, 2009

A new home for Toto!

Galen's new pup. To be donated to the shelter in Plainfield, Conn.

Edwin's painting, on the left. My painting on the right.

Kate and Edwin at Pets Plus.

Hi, everyone. Carrie here, reporting in on my painting gig Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus in Groton, Conn.

The best thing was that I had company painting!

I'd only been there for a little while when Edwin walked in. He's the boyfriend of Kate, one of the wonderful people who work at the pet store, and while Edwin usually works Saturdays at his job at Burger King, he had the day off, and was spending at least part of it at the pet store with his gal.

Edwin and Kate both, it turns out, like to paint. Kate was working, but Edwin took brush to canvas and did this lovely little painting of a pit bull in one of our local shelters.

He worked very carefully, drawing the dog first, on the teeny little canvas, and then painting her, spots and expression and all, then putting in a bright orange background, with some green grass, to attract attention.

Edwin is a soft-spoken young man who loves animals and loves art. I will donate his painting to the shelter, and hope that he comes and paints with me the next time I do this, two Saturdays from now.

My friend Amanda Oakes came out and painted, too, though she'd only begun to warm up when it was time for me to leave. But she says she'll be there next time, and she'll bring a friend.

It was great to have other people painting with me. It attracted more attention - I gave away a bunch of flyers, and talked to dozens of people about the project. I saw all kinds of dogs, many of whom were rescues. And the best part was being around animal lovers for the whole day.

Friday, May 29, 2009

You're invited

Hi, everyone - Carrie here. Just a note to let you know that I'll be painting in Pet Supplies Plus in Groton, Conn., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to support our project.

If you're anywhere around here, please stop in!

Next week, I'm going to start emailing animal artists whose cards I've been collecting, and whose work I've been seeing on the Internet, to see if I can get them to pitch in on our project. If you know any artists, please try to get them involved.

We have a great group here, and we're doing wonderful work. These portraits are so moving, so beautiful, so compelling. And they're making a difference! The more folks we can get involved, the bigger change we'll be able to make. If every one of us could get two other artists involved, and get them to get two others involved, well, we could paint the world with pets.

If you're around here, but you don't know where Pet Supplies Plus is (Long Hill Road in Groton), go to the lower left-hand corner of the Jacobson Arts homepage, where you'll find a map! See you there, I hope.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Brewster. Oil on masonite, 6x12. By Olga Wagner. To be donated to the Animal Protection Society (Orange County in North Carolina).

Olga Wagner, whose wonderful daily animal-painting blog will enchant you, made this painting of Brewster the corgi. She is donating it to the Orange County, N.C., Animal Protection Society. Olga writes that the painting will be used in the society's fall fundraiser campaign.

"It will be featured on their flyers and possibly t-shirts!!!" she writes.

I, for one, would buy a T-shirt with Brewster on it, no question. So Olga, let us know! Heck, I might even buy two.

Many thanks for this beautiful painting.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

This is Pia

8 1/2 year old female

Pia is a member of East Bay SPCA's Silver Muzzle Club because of her age.  She is quite loving and lovable.  The photo wasn't the greatest so I decided to do  one of my art cards for Pia.  I included a plastic frame and an easel for her too.  It was fun to drop off a set of paintings.  The volunteers at the front desk immediately recognized almost all of the dogs and cats in the paintings and were very excited to see new paintings for the show case.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Timmi is welcomed to a forever home!

An update we all love to hear.  Timmi was adopted by a wonderful family.  This is what the wonderful new 'mom' wrote:

I am writing in regards to the painting of Timmi - I found your names
at this link associated with the art project:

I am adopting Timmi from the PGSPCA and will be bringing him home next
week actually! After a couple of months of waiting (had to move to a
new house and it's been a long process) I cannot wait to bring him to
his forever-home where he will be an only child and very spoiled!

Timmi's foster mom Denise sent me the link and I absolutely love the
picture. I was hoping you might be able to help me get my hands on it
actually...I'd be willing to make a donation to the PGSPCA in exchange
for it.

Well it turns out the Prince George's County SPCA was planning to give her Timmi's painting all along.
When I told her this she wrote:

Thanks soooo much for the information! I would be happy to make an
additional donation to the shelter on top of my adoption fee, though I
don't have several hundred, but it's amazing of Liz to donate her
beautiful work.

I literally fell in love with TImmi from the first time I saw his
pictures on petfinder and it's been a long process to get everything
in order but I can't wait to bring him home. Liz is indeed talented
and one of my dog-loving coworkers wants to commission a portrait of
her dog now too after I sent her the link.

You guys are really wonderful, and I hope that I can give back in the
future, now that I'm aware of the project. I'm not a great painter or
anything but I would love to try my hand at being part of the Art for
the Animals project in some way, it's a great idea.

Thanks again, you're too fabulous :)

So there are happy endings after all....

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


6x8 oil on RayMar board
EastBay SPCA

Lakota is ELEVEN years old!  I'll bet she hums, "when I grow up I want to be an old woman".  She's a member of the Silver Muzzel Club at the East Bay SPCA and therefore has reduced adoption prices.  

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A good day

Jasmine, by Carrie Jacobson. Oil on canvas, 10x10.
To be donated to the Groton, Conn., animal shelter
as part of the Art for Shelter Animals Project.

Beckum, by Carrie Jacobson. Oil on stretched canvas, 2 inches by 4 inches, with easel. To be donated to the Connecticut Humane Society as part of the Art for Shelter Animals Project.

Yesterday was my birthday, and I had a fabulous time, painting and talking to animal owners at Pet Supplies Plus in Groton, Conn. This is a nice, medium-sized pet store, one of eight in the state owned by the same group of people.

I approached them a couple weeks ago, asking if I could paint there, to get the word out about the project. My stepdaughter Erika and my brother Rand have been pushing me to paint in pet stores for a long time, and Sheila has had a good reception painting in her pet store.

The store manager loved the idea, and suggested that I paint on the 16th. When I said that would be great, and it was my birthday, he asked if I really wanted to do this on my birthday. Sure! I couldn't think of much I'd rather do, really.

I think it was successful, for a first go. People were a little afraid that I was going to try to sell them something, so I ended up approaching them with materials about the project, and that was fine. I'm going to paint there every other Saturday for a few months, so I think they will get used to me.

As an extra, added bonus, I got to meet the talented Lori Rowe, whose dog paintings have graced our blog repeatedly. She and her husband were coming to the area to visit Lori's sisters, and we had the chance to spend a little time together. It was so great to meet her, and her husband and their three lovely dogs.

Finally, my husband's photography portfolio has been accepted for publication by B&W Magazine, a lovely, glossy magazine of, you guessed it, black and white photography. Once a year, the magazine does a portfolio edition, in which it publishes the work of photographers it juries in. Peter will get at least two pages in the mag, and maybe more. Exciting! You can see his work and mine on our newly revamped website,

I spent much of last week rethinking and redesigning the site, and I'd appreciate any comments, any criticisms, any ideas that any of you have.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Hampton / Mixed Breed 
around 8.5 years old
East Bay SPCA
6x8 oil on RayMar

Hampton is a "Senior Citizen" and has to have a special diet because of his sensitive stomach and that is why he is a member of the SPCA's Second Chance Club where they reduce adoption fees  by half.  They say he is so sweet and mellow, he would be an ideal 'first dog' for any family.

Friday, May 15, 2009


6x8 oil on canvasboard
Vargas/ Female with FIV
Second Chance Club at East Bay SPCA

I finally got a group of photos from my contact at the SPCA.  She is delighted to say that the paintings have made more than $100 for the Second Chance and Senior Club so far.  This is the first of the group that I've been anxiously waiting to paint.  More to come.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The project

Monday, May 11, 2009

Another older girl

Daphne. By Liz Pearson of Cape Town, South Africa.

Liz Pearson of Cape Town, South Africa, has sent us this lovely painting of Daphne. What great ears and what a winning smile!

Liz works with DARG (Domestic Animal Rescue Group), in Cape Town, which does not have the same kind of shelter system we have in the United States. Daphne, Liz writes, is an older dog, who's been with DARG for a while.

"Daphne has been with DARG for some time now," Liz writes, "and the hopes of her being re-homed are quite remote. It is scary the number of animals that are 'discarded' by people - they currently have a whole host of puppies that have been rescued and one puppy pitbull that is deaf.

"I always feel so sad when I see the faces of all these lost animals. Thank goodness for organisations like DARG and thank goodness for people like Sheila and Carrie who give people like me an opportunity to help them."

Liz is a marvelously talented painter, and a steady supporter of the Art for Shelter Animals Project. Take a look at her work on her blog, Art with Liz

And thank you, Liz, for your beautiful work and your beautiful words.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Come Visit The Shelter Posters

This is the full sheet 8.5 X 11" version to be used where space is available.

I had another wonderful phone conversation with Lisa Cliver, the Burlington County Animal Shelter manger I'm working with, yesterday. The PDF files I provided are working out quite well. They got them laminated and are hanging them by all the cages of the animals that look like the subject. From what Lisa said, they are getting a lot of attention and positve feedback from them. In my April 17th post, I also intended to make up a poster later that day inviting people to the shelter to view the artwork. I forgot completely about it, so I did that and sent these two versions out to Lisa and staff in PDF format today. Lisa will hang these at various county facilities and businesses like the library and pet stores. Please use these tips, letters and ideas any way you wish to help promote your own shelter project!

This version will be cut in two and will be used where there is limited space.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Products With A Thoughtful Message

My friends just launched a new company and product line with a introspective twist. I am happy to share the first t-shirt design here which I did the illustration for, because the message fits in quite well with our goals here at AFSA. Life is Suffering™ is a new concept in sprortswear, motivation, philosophy and whimsy - a company and products designed to make the world a better place - and more fun, besides! Check it out here.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Lovely Liz Launches another Hit!

8x10 Acrylic on canvas

Liz Holm wrote:
This is Timmi from the Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society.  Here's what my friend, Pam Townsend, reports:

Timmi was a cruelty case.  He was kept tied up outside and emaciated and covered with fleas.  As a result, he has some fear aggression issues (primarily barking) related to unfamiliar people (particularly men) and unfamiliar situations.  We're working with him on this but it will be an ongoing process and any adopter will need to understand his limitations.  Fortunately, when he trusts someone, he loves attention and will collapse in their lap to have his tummy rubbed.  He's also obsessed with his orange ball.

What a wonderful thing to bring more attention to the animals that have challenges.  Even though folks may not be able to adopt because of Timmi's certain conditions, they can support him by buying a painting or making a donation.

Well done Liz!

Friday, May 1, 2009

The story

Hello, all - Here is the story from The Day:

The Art of Community Service
Local painter launches Art for Animals

Carrie Jacobson felt inspired by President Barack Obama's inaugural call
to perform more community service, but she was not excited by the
prospect of stuffing envelopes or ringing doorbells.
In lieu of canvassing, she paints canvasses.

Jacobson, of Gales Ferry, helped launch the Art for Animals project last
month. It aims to help both shelters and artists. Artists paint animals
from their local shelters and then donate the paintings to the shelter.

Jacobson's explanatory flier lists a number of ways shelters might
choose to use the portraits, including selling them for profit, gifting
them to whoever adopts the animal, or giving them as rewards for
volunteer hours.

The project is "so simple and uncomplicated," Jacobson said. "You make a
painting and give it to a shelter. That's it."

The project's blog,, is co-written by
two other project founders, women from California and New Jersey. They
connected through the Internet.

During a recent session, Jacobson reached a paint-stained hand into a
shopping bag, pulling out a small canvass with a a bright blue and
yellow rendering of a dog with piercing, intelligent eyes. She can
complete a painting in less than a half hour, though they take days to
dry. Jacobson's style is abstract, but she captures the breed
characteristics and the spunk of her subjects. She aims to capture their
moods, and "the space that the animal takes up," she said.

Jacobson began painting after her mother died three years ago and she
had a sudden, random urge to paint portraits of her dogs. Though she
never painted before, she set up some supplies in her mother's New
London home and did just that.

"I uncovered this sort of freakish ability to paint dogs," she said.
That painting, which is four feet long, hangs in her living room. She
began taking art classes and fell in love with plein air painting, where
the artist works outside in front of whatever she's painting.

When she left her journalism job last summer, she planned to paint
landscapes full time. But some Internet browsing led her to the idea of
painting animals to benefit shelters, and the project quickly coalesced.

Jacobson has already donated two paintings each to Ledyard, Waterford,
and Westerly's animal control facilities.

"My heart really goes out to the old [animals] and the ones who are
going to be really difficult to adopt," she said.

About 10 painters from around the world have thus far contributed 30
paintings to the project. Many find photos of animals in shelters near
their homes using

The Ledyard animal control paintings depict a pit bull and a beagle who
have since been adopted. Animal control officer Kimlyn Marshall said she
plans to give the beagle painting to the dog's former owner, who moved
into a nursing home. She said she hopes to give any future paintings to
adopters with their new pets and to encourage a donation to Ledyard's
animal control in return for the artwork.

"Seeing the animals in their paintings from a different perspective
might help their adoption," Marshall said.

"With budgets the way they are and people feeling the way they do about's kind of a unique idea," she said. "We'll see how it