A way for artists to help animals and their communities
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Tracey Greeley is a force to be reckoned with
gouache by Jim Smith for
Missaukee Humane Society of Michigan
Tracey should be President of the Michigan Chapter of the Art for the Animals project. She recruited yet another artist to contribute to her local shelter. Here's what she wrote:
Since starting an Art for Animals project in our area only a short while ago, local artists as well as three high school art classes have joined in. I am delighted to share an interesting story about this original 12 x 14" Gouache titled "Tommy", being donated to the Missaukee Humane Society of Michigan by Jim Smith, the Vice President of the Cadillac Area Artists Association. You see Jim is an oil paint artist (among other talents), however he and his wife recently moved into a smaller home without a separate art studio. Since she is allergic to his oil paints, he found it necessary to switch to watercolors so he could continue his love of painting. Though he feels he is working through a learning curve, this beautiful watercolor is only his second. As you can see, his talents and generosity are superb! For information or any questions, Jim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I continue to be awed of the skill and kindness in our community. Thanks to you for giving us such a great idea!
What a wonderful painting Jim has contributed to the project but this could not come to fruition if it were not Tracey's enthusiasm and powers of persuasion for this project. A special thank you for Tracey from all of us facilitating this project and from the animals she helps and in turn helps her community to be a better place for everyone. Tracey would love if you visit Missaukee Humane Society's website HERE.
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.