A way for artists to help animals and their communities
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
A Matter of Trust, by Robin Truelove Stronk
A Matter of Trust
By Robin Truelove Stronk
Oil on canvas, donation to the Horsetenders organization
Robin Truelove Stronk, a newcomer to the Art for Shelter Animals Project, was a veterinarian for more than 35 years before retiring three years ago and turning to art. She writes that she has dedicated herself this year to giving generously to organizations she cares about, and not worrying too much about selling her art. She is thankful to be in a position to do this for a while, and we are thankful to receive her gorgeous portraits.
Here is what she writes about this painting, and Horsetenders:
"A Matter of Trust" was created for the HorseTenders organization, a group that rescues, trains and re-homes mustangs. Many of the horses they take are considered cast-offs or untrainable and are destined to be double branded. This condemns them to a life of unending boredom in small paddocks. Their Mustang Project is becoming widely recognized and applauded. They can be seen at HorseTenders.com. I am continually amazed at the depth and quality of training and care that these animals receive. I tried to sum this up in the look in the eye of one of their mustangs - it's all about the trust that they inspire in their charges."
I love the rich colors of this painting, and its depth. I love the cropping that makes the eye the central focus of the piece. And that eye - it shows fear and trust, fight and flight, and the very soul of the horse. What a beautiful piece!
To find out more about Robin, to see more of her work and read more of her story, please visit her website, www.truelovearts.com.
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.