Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bentley, by Koni Frazer

Bentley, by Koni Frazer

Koni Frazer, who describes herself as a self-taught artist, made this portrait in watercolor pencil. I've never heard of watercolor pencil, but sheesh, it looks great! I love the shine on Bentley's head.

Koni, who lives in Edgewood, Washington, makes paintings of nature, of birds and flowers and animals, all with a lovely color palette and beautiful detail. Her paintings make me smile and think of being in good places. Check out her blog, http://konifrazer.blogspot.com/

Friday, June 25, 2010

Taz, by Judy Mackey

Taz, by Judy Mackey

Judy Mackey is an extremely talented painter who helped me make the leap into palette knife painting. I'd been doing some work with the knife, and had been using a brush as a knife, when I found Judy's paintings on line (see her website, http://www.judymackey.com/, and her blog, http://www.judymackeyart.blogspot.com/). I fell in love with her style and her paintings, and she became my palette knife mentor and idol.

Judy has moved recently from Texas to Georgia, and started another blog in which I participate, the Palette Knife Painters blog (http://paletteknifepainters.blogspot.com) - and she's made this wonderful painting of Taz for the Small Works show, to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark animal shelter.

Here's more on the project:

A friend of mine, Susan Miller, has engineered two exhibit opportunities that are open to ASAP painters. They are both intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society, in New York state, near where we used to live. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help.

Here's the website: 
http://www.pjhumane.org/ . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to me or Sheila for posting on the blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, in the usual way.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

Please mail your pieces to:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cat Lost in the Grass, by Mark Sheeky

Cat Lost in the Grass, by Mark Sheeky

Mark Sheeky, of Crewe, England, makes his first entry in ASAP with a donation to the Small Works animal show in Port Jervis, N.Y., which is being engineered by my friend Susan Miiller.

Mark's work is really interesting. It's sort of dreamy, sort of realistic, sort of abstract, and all done with great style and skill. Check out his website (http://www.marksheeky.co.uk/) and his blog (http://www.marksheeky.blogspot.com/).

This painting is about 8x10, and comes in a beautifully decorated frame that you can see on Mark's blog. The bee in the painting, near the cat's face, is about the size of a grain of rice. I can't wait to see this in person.

Mark does all kinds of art, from poetry to painting to collage to music. This is his first exhibit in the U.S.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cocoa, by Liz Pearson

Cocoa, by Liz Pearson

This painting of Cocoa, for the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society shelter, comes all the way from Cape Town, South Africa, from Liz Pearson, one of ASAP's most regular contributors.

Liz paints a wide variety of subjects, including people, animals, birds, butterflies and flowers, seems to be tireless - and generous. Check out her website, Art with Liz (http://artwithliz.blogspot.com/). She regularly paints for DARG, the Domestic Animal Rescue Group, which is Cape Town's version of a shelter, donating the pieces as a part of the Art for Shelter Animals Project.

I love this painting of Cocoa. Liz has captured his expression so beautifully, with his big mouth and small, shining eyes. How can you not want to take this dog home?

Koda and Squirrel by Susan Miiller

Koda, left, and Squirrel, by Susan Miiler


Susan Miiller, organizer of the Small Works Animal Exhibit that is involving Art for Shelter Animals Project painters, has made a lovely poster for the show with some ASAP paintings and these two pieces that she made. 


I really like Susan's work. Check out her website, http://www.susanmiiller.com/ and you will see her very distinctive style, with lovely lights and shadows, and rich and interesting colors. 


I'm so happy that she is offering us this opportunity to show - and I am so thrilled that the ASAP painters are pitching in! 


Here's the lowdown on the shows: 

Susan Miller has engineered two exhibit opportunities that are open to ASAP painters. They are both intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society, in New York state, near where we used to live. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help.

Here's the website: http://www.pjhumane.org/ . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to me or Sheila for posting on the blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, in the usual way.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

Please mail your pieces to:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549


- Carrie

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bunny Bunny! by Linda Popple

Bunny
By Linda Popple
Oil on Ampersand Gessoboard, 6x6

Linda Popple found the Port Jervis/Deerpark project through Sheila Tajima's blog, From Forensic to Fine Art.

Linda has not been painting for very long, she writes in her profile, but painting has become the center of her life. Her friends and family are very supportive - and I know how all that feels.

Check out Linda's blog! (http://www.lindapopple.blogspot.com/) - and please, make a painting for the Port Jervis/Deerpark shelter project.

Here's the downlow:

A friend of mine, Susan Miiller (not a typo), has engineered two exhibits open to ASAP painters. They are both intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society, in New York state, near where we used to live. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help.

Here's the website: http://www.pjhumane.org/ . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to me or Sheila for posting on the blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, in the usual way.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

Please mail your pieces to:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549



- Carrie

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bunny by Carol Lavoie

Bunny
By Carol Lavoie
For the Port Jervis/Deerpark, N.Y., animal shelter


The generous Carol Lavoie (www.alpheeastrologyschool.com/carol and ww.artmajeur.com/carolavoie) has sent this lovely portrait of a blue bunny for Port Jervis/Deerpark, N.Y., humane society shelter. In addition to her fine work as an artist, Carol is a true believer in the good that people can do to help animals. She has donated repeatedly to her local shelter, and risen to the challenge of this project. 

Here is more information on it. We'd love to have all the ASAP artists involved! 

A friend of mine, Susan Miiller (not a typo), has engineered two exhibits open to ASAP painters. They are both intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society, in New York state, near where we used to live. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help.

Here's the website: http://www.pjhumane.org/ . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to me or Sheila for posting on the blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, in the usual way.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

Please mail your pieces to:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549

Help for Georgia shelter dogs

From Georgia to Connecticut

Carol Lavoie, an astrolger and artist from Connecticut, and a generous donor to the Art for Shelter Animals Project, sent this message and asked that I put it on the blog. I said I'd be happy to help. I can't vouch for the project, but I have heard of it before, and it certainly sounds legit. My sister has two dogs from shelters in Georgia and Louisiana.

So here you go:


Senior Paws & Furry Friends, Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving homeless cats and dogs from euthanasia in Ga. We rescue them from high kill animal shelters returning them to health, and finding them “forever homes”. This year we are already planning our “A Home For The Holidays” adoptions in December.


Unfortunately here in Georgia dogs & cats are euthanized every week due to overcrowding. In the metro Atlanta area alone over 100,000 cats and dogs were euthanized in 2009. By contrast the northern states do not have the over population due to in part by aggressive spay/neuter programs. Their shelters are actually lacking dogs!!! Its hard to believe if you are from the South but after doing my research I found that the transport of dogs in animal shelters from the south to the north, especially puppies and small breeds started about 10 years ago.

Senior Paws & Furry Friends, Inc. has formed a partnership with SPCA Of Connecticut for a “Shelter Dogs Rock, A Home For The Holidays” Pet Expo in December. This will be the largest adoption event in the Northeast.

Our goal is to get 400 dogs that are on the kill list in Georgia shelters, bring them to Connecticut and ultimately get them into loving homes. We are so excited about this project. The project sounds so simple, yet in reality it is not. 

All dogs must be fully vetted and all must be spayed/neutered. Many dogs arrive at the shelter in extremely poor health. Sixty percent will have heartworm and need to have a very expensive treatment to save his/her life. Also all dogs must be in a foster home and out of a shelter environment for a minimum of 14 days. This in to insure that all dogs involved in the transport are healthy as we cannot take any dogs that would be a health risk to the other dogs going North.

Our volunteers do not view any of the tasks involved to be difficult, a problem or even an issue. So what is the problem we are faced with? Raising $20,000. Yes we need $20,000.00 in donations to rent the Connecticut Expo Center for three days. We cannot confirm the date until we pay the Connecticut Expo Center. 

Today we are asking you to go to our website www.seniorpaws.org and make your donation. Every $1.00 helps us reach our goal and will save a dog.. Please forward this email to all of your animal-loving friends. 

- Carrie
 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pitbull

Lucille
By Mona Birmingham

This  pitbull by Mona Birmingham is the very first entry for the July and September exhibits! It is oil on paper, 11 inches by 14 inches.

Mona lives in Washingtonville, NY, and has been painting full-time since her job was eliminated about a year ago. She is an emerging artist with the Wallkill River School, Montgomery, NY, and has an opening there in July! If you're in the area, please go to the opening. Check the WRS schedule on the school's webpage.

Mona also has an interior design business, which you can see by clicking here.

I really love this painting. I love the look in the dog's eyes, tough but yearning. I love his bright orange and red collar. And I love the patches on his face. Superb!

Here's a recap of the invitation to exhibit. Hope you all send in a painting, and get your friends to do the same.

- Carrie

Invitation!


A wonderful opportunity has come our way, and I am hoping we will all be able to take part.

A friend of mine, Susan Miiller (not a typo), has engineered two exhibits open to ASAP painters. They are both intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society, in New York state, near where we used to live. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help.

Here's the website: http://www.pjhumane.org/ . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to me or Sheila for posting on the blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, in the usual way.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

Please mail your pieces to:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Opportunity!

Hello, all you painters -

A wonderful opportunity has come our way, and I am hoping we will all be able to take part.

A friend of mine, Susan Miiller (not a typo), has engineered two exhibits open to ASAP painters. They are both intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society, in New York state, near where we used to live. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help.

Here's the website: http://www.pjhumane.org/ . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to me or Sheila for posting on the blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, in the usual way.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

Please mail your pieces to:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549

This really is a wonderful opportunity to get involved, to get your friends involved, to get your students involved. Please tell everyone you know about it, and maybe we can gather a whole new crop of painters for the blog.

Questions? Email me at carrieBjacobson@gmail.com, or call me at 860-442-0246.