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!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Christmas is coming!

Holiday shopping season is upon us.


Let me tell you a story. It's a heart-warming Christmas story.

Imagine, you are exchanging gifts with your loved one. They give you a nice sweater, or a gift card to that restaurant you like. You are super happy, because who doesn't like a nice sweater?


Then they're looking at you with that look. You know the look. The look that says, "You only went shopping last week, huh? You didn't think about this until just yesterday."


But much to their surprise, you pull out a good-sized package. It could even be a very large package, perfectly wrapped (because you paid your teenage daughter who's really good at wrapping to wrap it), or it could even just be a big cardboard box with no wrapping. Strangely shaped and they're thinking, "What, did he get me a giant frying pan?" or "I guess it's been cold lately, a duvet will at least keep me warm."


But when they open it up, instead of something boring like a frying pan, they find original artwork. On canvas. Of their best friend (or furbie). And it's painted in their favorite colors. And there's not another one like it in the ENTIRE WORLD.

And you'll get a smile like this:


Or this:


And they'll love you forever for being so thoughtful and creative and secretive and for supporting independent artists.

The End

For details on how to commission a custom painting, visit the Commission Guidelines. To purchase directly through this website, click here. To find prints, apparel, and gifts, click here.






Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween at Camp Bow Wow!



Did you miss Barktoberfest? Looking for a furever friend to join your family? Still want to see DawgArt in person and see a painting come to life in real time? I will be at Camp Bow Wow Peoria this Saturday. Come by, bring your dog (or find a new member of the family) and say hello. I'll be there with my portable gallery and easel, creating some original art in person!

What: Camp Bow Wow Annual Halloween Pet Parade and Adoption Event
When: Saturday, October 18, 9am - 1pm
Where: Camp Bow Wow, 8550 N 91st Ave, Peoria, AZ  85345




Monday, October 6, 2014

Barktoberfest!


Looking for an awesome place to see DawgArt in person? Looking for something fun to do with your family, including the family dog? Try Barktoberfest, a party for people and their dogs organized by Friends for Life animal shelter and funded by generous sponsors. There will be fundraising raffles, activities for dogs, contests, food, a lure course, and of course, DawgArt. I'll have my booth set up and will be there with my easel painting. Come by and say hello!

When: Saturday, 9am - 3pm
Where: Gilbert Civic Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive in Gilbert
Admission is free

See you there!




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

World Art Drop Day

Want the thrill of free art combined with the suspense of a scavenger hunt?

Brilliant illustrator and genuine nice-person Jake Parker instituted World Art Drop Day, which took place today, September 2nd. Hundreds (or thousands, not sure yet) of artists across the globe participated and it was

SO MUCH FUN.


Here's the skinny: artists, somewhere in their city, hide a piece of art. Then they post a clue on social media (for me it was Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook), so their fans can go look for it.

I ended up hiding five pieces all around the Valley of the Sun.  Here are the clues:

Hint: San Tan Valley



Hint: Queen Creek



Hint: Queen Creek


Hint: Mesa



Hint: Tempe

If you decide to play and find one of these pieces, take a selfie with the art and post it somewhere on social media. Be sure to tag me and use #artdropday!

Instagram: @dawgpainter
Twitter: @dawgpainter
Tumblr: dawgpainter
Facebook: DawgArt






Sunday, August 31, 2014

Vets love DawgArt

Over the years, I have been pleased to have DawgArt included in the decor of many veterinary clinics. DawgArt is bright, cheerful and inspires smiles. That's why it's perfect for a space dedicated to keeping pets happy and healthy.

Another animal hospital, the Briarwood Veterinary Clinic in Michigan, just finished putting up their DawgArt. What do you think?



Thanks for sending pictures, Briarwood, to help show how people around the world are displaying their DawgArt!