Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dancing Nathan Portrait #2 is done!

Check it out! The Dancing Nathan's second pet portrait is done:

Dancing Nathan, the silly Chinese Crested hairless dog, whose dance moves have appeared on The Ellen Show, helped bring attention to his organization, Bald Is Beautiful Dog Rescue.

Now DawgArt and Bald Is Beautiful are teaming up to raise money for rescued animals! Details here.

Want to join in the fun? Tune in tomorrow to see where the paintings will be listed for auction and how you can help.

Can't wait!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dancing Nathan Portrait #1 is done!

Great news! Dancing Nathan's first portrait is done.

Nathan, the effervescent Chinese Crested hairless dog from Bald is Beautiful Dog Rescue, made the rescue famous when his dance moves went viral.

Now DawgArt is helping them with a fundraiser. I'm making two paintings of Nathan, and we'll auction them to raise money for the rescue. See the details here.

I have another painting to finish and then you'll get a chance to bid on both! Pass the word along so we can get people excited about helping the sweet pooches with Bald is Beautiful.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dancing Nathan Portrait Preview

DawgArt and Bald is Beautiful Dog Rescue are teaming up to bring you the happiest of fundraisers. See the details here.

I'm so excited to share the progress images for Nathan's portrait! Now, for those of you who aren't artists, I'm going to share a little secret. There's a point in every painting that I like to call the ugly middles. Here are the steps in creating a piece:

1. This blank canvas is so blank. I'm going to fill it with a great painting.
2. This painting isn't looking so great.
3. This painting is definitely not great.
4. What was I thinking?
5. Maybe it will be okay.
6. This painting is great.

So any progress images I share are going to be at some point in that process. All the steps add up to something great, but along the way, it's not quite so impressive. Enjoy the process and when it's done, you'll be able to bid on one-of-a-kind paintings of Dancing Nathan to help raise money for Bald is Beautiful Dog Rescue!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dancing Nathan and DawgArt Fundraiser

You guys know Dancing Nathan, the Chinese Crested pop sensation? His dance moves went viral, gaining much-needed publicity for Bald Is Beautiful, a hairless and small breed dog rescue operating out of South Carolina. If you haven't seen Nathan's awesome dance moves, check him out here.

Nathan's joyful and goofy personality won over the Internets. His video even appeared on The Ellen Show!

In cooperation with Bald Is Beautiful and Nathan's mom, I am going to be painting a portrait (maybe two) this sweetie-pie dancing diva. The piece will then be auctioned to raise money for Bald Is Beautiful!

Stay tuned to see progress of the piece and have fun dancing!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Wildhorse Ranch Rescue Fundraiser for Einstein!

One of my favorite rescues to work with is Wildhorse Ranch Rescue in Gilbert, AZ. Not only is the founder and chairman Kim Meagher a wonderful person, she's a dear friend. I just love her. She is one of the kindest human beings I know. She started Wildhorse Ranch when she discovered the plight of homeless horses in 1995.

She and her children privately rescued horses until 2000, when she applied for non-profit status for WHRR. With the help of many friends, volunteers, and donors, Kim and WHRR have been able to help save many horses from abuse, neglect, and death.

This past week, when they were travelling back from an event, someone on the freeway slammed into  the horse trailer, resulting in serious injuries for Einstein, a much-loved horse rescued by WHRR.

Einstein (pre-accident)

In order to help raise money for Einstein's care and recovery, I volunteered to make some artwork featuring Einstein. We are auctioning these paintings, the proceeds from the sales of which will be donated back to WHRR. Scroll down to find bidding links.

Here are the paintings, both acrylic on canvas with color wrapping around the edges.

"Kick Up Your Heels" - 24x30 inches. This piece is large and stunning with vivid colors. This image celebrates the energy and joy of a rescued animal, rendered in the brilliant colors of the Southwest.

"Little Sister" - 16x20 inches. This piece is smaller, but no less vibrant. It features an image of Einstein meeting his new little herd sister, Pixie the burro. The original reference photo hangs in the barn at the ranch. I love it because it reminds me of the unfailing generosity and devotion of Kim and the rescue angels at WHRR. That a strong bond can be formed between the most unlikely of friends.

Auctions will end on Sunday night, February 1st at 9pm. Please share this post with your friends and your network to spread the word about Einstein and WHRR. 

Want to see how I made the paintings?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Black Friday is here! And three days after that, Cyber Monday. And for this whole exciting four-day shopping weekend, you can get DawgArt for a smokin' deal.

Visit the Etsy store and get 25% off ANYTHING with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY14 at checkout. Prints at any size, original paintings available in the shop, gift certificates, or custom colorful pet portraits, all 25% off. 

Visit the Bitdazzle store and BUY 3 GET 1 FREE with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY14 at checkout.

Visit the Fine Art America store and get 10% off ANYTHING with coupon code SPSZUM at checkout. That's any 10% off any canvas, framed, metal, acrylic, or poster prints.

Visit the Cafepress Marketplace and get DawgArt discounted apparel and gifts with coupon code EARLYSAV. (This coupon code is valid for Black Friday only and in the marketplace only. So you'll have to go the roundabout way to get to my items. Just follow the link and scroll down to find the image/breed you're looking for. Because it's the Marketplace and not my dedicated shop, they won't be in nice organized order, but at least you'll be able to see what's there. Cafepress lists this coupon code value at 25%, but I'm not sure of the exact amount.)

Have fun shopping!