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.