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!