Monday, June 29, 2009

Balancing Act

White Cat. By Vern Schwarz. Oil on masonite, 5x8, to be donated to the D'Arcy Animal Rescue Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Vern Schwarz, talented Canadian painter and regular contributor to the Art for Shelter Animals Project, has made this amazing portrait of a white cat who's just waiting to be adopted.

Anyone who's tried knows that painting pure white animals or pure black animals is a real challenge. Vern has truly met the challenge with this painting, managing to capture tone, values, light, shadow and shape - and still keeping the cat white.

Also, as in all of Vern's animal paintings, the depth of the eyes is amazing and engaging.

To see more of his work, check out his blog, Vern Schwarz Art.

- Carrie

Friday, June 26, 2009

A mention for our project

The Oakland Based East Bay SPCA has two shelters in our area. They were kind enough to mention our project on page Three of their quarterly newsletter which gets distributed to 18,000 subscribers.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Khaya finds a home

Khaya, by Liz Pearson. To be donated to DARG, Domestic Animal Rescue Group, in
Cape Town, South Africa.

Liz writes, from Cape Town, South Africa, that Khaya and a companion dog were picked up wandering near a highway just outside of Cape Town. In her wonderful blog, Art with Liz, she writes that Khaya is:

"an approximately 8 month old cross Husky/Lab. Luckily she was in pretty good condition when they found her and the fantastic thing is that both she and the other dog, Ujo, have been adopted. It seems the young dogs have a better chance than the older residents.

"(Khaya is the Zulu word for 'home'. It is also the genus of the African mahogany tree, according to Wikipedia - something I never knew!)"

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. She is hoping that Khaya's new owners will donate to DARG, the Cape Town shelter system, for the painting.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sweet Sara

Sara, by Carrie Jacobson. Oil on canvas panel, 5x7. To be donated to the Ledyard, Conn., animal shelter.

The blurb on Sara is that she's a holy terror in her crate, but is fine and sweet and loving outside of the crate. This is a kitty who needs a home!

Sara is one of a group of paintings I made last Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus in Groton. It's really fun to paint in a setting like this. You meet a lot of nice people and a lot of nice animals. Usually, they are dogs. But this Saturday, a woman came in with her cat!

She had his little bed in the front basket part of the cart, and he was snuggled up in it, as cool as could be. He's one of eight cats, I think she said. Many of them have issues, and this one - Oono - was no exception. He has had terrible seizures, and that's why she began taking him with her on errands, just so she could keep an eye on him. Medications and surgery are seeming to work, she says. He hasn't had a seizure for months.

Here's his photo:

Monday, June 15, 2009

Burlington County Animal Shelter

Yesterday I printed out a dozen and a half of my AFSA animal portraits on my ink jet printer and matted them up to take to the Burlington County Earth Fair. I put the information about the Art For Shelter Animals Project on the back of each one and put them into plastic sleeves.

At the Fair we displayed them along with some originals and posters about the project. We sold the matted prints for a $12. donation and made some much needed money for the shelter.

I talked with lots of animal lovers, but was unable to connect with any other artists. Like Carrie, I'm thinking there must be a better way to reach out to other animal loving artists about our project. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks to all our participating artists for spreading the word and for all you do! ~ Sandy

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Daisy. Oil on canvas panel, 11x14. Painted by Carrie Jacobson

Daisy is a Chesapeake Bay retriever who is with New England Chesapeake Bay Retriever Rescue. This is a group I've never heard of, but it was pretty well represented in our area - southeastern Conn. - on

Chesapeake Bay retrievers are generally really good dogs. They are sweet and smart and gentle. It sounds like Daisy is a bit of a handful. Here's the blurb from Petfinder.

"Daisy is a 2 year old purebred Chesapeake Bay Retriever. She is very big for her age, and will probably add 10-15 more pounds before she is through growing. Daisy loves human contact, and becomes very bonded to her owner. She needs a very structured environment with an established routine. She does much better with Men, and requires a true Alpha owner. Life as an only dog would be best, cats and older kids a possibility. She is completely healthy, and does know quite a bit of obedience. I am searching for someone who is familiar with the breed, and can give her the attention, exercise, and routine that she can mold to. Please contact me at for info."

I made this portrait of Daisy yesterday at Pet Supplies Plus in Groton, Conn. This was my third time painting there, and while I've had fun and met some really wonderful people, I am not sure this is an effective use of my time or energy, relative to our project.

Art Calendar has accepted a small story from me about the project, but it hasn't run yet. I've written to the editor to see when it will be in and whether I can update it (I wrote it in March). A call for entries was published in the magazine in this edition, though! So, welcome to any new artists - you will be joining a wonderful group here, people making engaging and delightful paintings of animals who need homes.

- Carrie

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Timmi's new home!!


You remember Timmi from Liz Holm's beautiful portrait.  Timmi's new guardian sent Liz new photos of Timmi.  Doesn't he look so happy and very comfortable in his new home?  His lucky orange ball seems to always be near him.  Thanks Liz for sharing this wonderful heart warming follow-up!

Monday, June 8, 2009

A New Home For MAXINE

This morning I did the oil portrait of the black and white kitty that I posted the sketch of here a couple of days ago. I called Don and told him it was done. He was in the area, so stopped by and picked it up. He gave me his $75. donation for the Burlington County Animal Shelter which I will give to them on Sunday, as I will be joining them at their booth for the county's annual "Earth Fair". I will take my paints, sketchbook and flyers about the "Art For Shelter Animals Project". Hopefully I will be able to drum up more interest in the project here locally.
I asked Don if he had a name picked out. He had a black and white which he just lost recently called Max, so his new addition is going to be Maxine. He seemed anxious to adopt her. I'm sure she'll have a great home!! Thanks so much Don!

(Just as note of possible interest for you artists - With these little 5" x 7" canvas boards, I leave an unpainted corner 'til the very end, so I can hang onto it while I paint! :-D)

Friday, June 5, 2009

A New Home For Angelica

It's been a trying couple of days with the phone and internet. I've had cable guys here yesterday and today. All the issues are not solved yet, but I hope we are getting closer to a solution. I was waiting for the technician to arrive and wondering what to draw for my sketching everyday post, when I got a call from someone who's adopting a cat from our local animal shelter. He got my name from Lisa, the shelter director, who told him I'd do a portrait of his new kitty for a $75. donation to the shelter. I went online and looked at his new girl and did this sketch of #26615 "Angelica" tonight. I plan on doing a little oil painting and take it over to the shelter early next week before Don goes to pick her up. So, that may be a good way to go about this, all you Art For Shelter Animals Artists. Have the shelter tell the new adoptees that you will do a painting of their new addition for a donation to the shelter. Hey, it works for me!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Little Tigress

Tonight for my sketching everyday post, I decided to do a shelter animal sketch. Now that the Cedar Run Fund Raiser is over, I've been thinking a lot about the "Art For Shelter Animals" Project again. I went online to my local shelter's web site, and saw this little cutie # C-27468. She looks just like my Tiger cat, so I call her Little Tigress. She is a small, healthy, loving, declawed orange tabby who is about 3 years young. If you'd like more information about this kitty feel free to stop by the Burlington County Animal Shelter. If you call them please have the kitty's identification number handy.

Remember, your local shelters and refuges are happy and grateful to accept donations of a variety of items. During the spring and summer there is increased need for kitten milk replacement and kitten food. Toys are welcome for the kittens and younger cats. Newspapers and soft bedding material, such as fleece and towels, help keep the residents comfortable. Call your local shelter or visit their web site to see what other items they might need.