Monday, February 23, 2009

Here Kitty, kitty kitty...

Three new paintings......

this black one is my favorite so far, working on a brown tabby Maine Coon with daisy's....

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Kira's Portrait

You can click on picture to make it larger...

Yes, I finally finished it... I am thinking about aking it available as Christmas or Note cards, maybe, I will see what the response to it is...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Procrastination and Inspiration

An artist's career always begins tomorrow. ~James McNeill Whistler

Inspiration is sometimes hard work. I can spend hours procrastinating, wondering what I want to make, what I should make.Those are usually two different things, which makes it even harder to create something. I know I have to make what sells, this is what I do for a living. There are some days I wake up and just know… ok, I must make this today or I have this wholesale order that has to be there by the end of the month, so I have to create exactly what someone else demands of me.This is a lot different than other types of artists who create works that will hang in galleries, waiting to be loved, purchased and taken home. You get the good with the bad in this case, if I make what I want all of the time, I wouldn’t be able to support my own habits of buying clay…eating food.

So what happens when the muse is gone, won't come visiting, there you sit, in front of a blank canvas, or if you worked a sculpture too hard that it becomes a odd looking lump of clay? Luckily for me, I sculpt and paint, usually if one isn't working I can work on the other. Some days neither is, then what. Do I give up? Sometimes, Do I try something else? Sometimes. I like to read. I can pick up an art book, go to a museum, visit a park. The most important thing I can do for myself is to seek outside influences, Other artists. Artist tend to be isolated, like me, we work at home, or in a studio by ourselves. Inspiration can be difficult without feedback. Working with other artists is the best inspiration. You can be amazed what other artists will do for you. Offer suggestions, give you ideas for new designs, they really can and will encourage you to move ahead with your art. We all are filled with creativity, sometimes we just need that little spark to light us along the way.

Even on the internet, quality artists are out there to help you. I have to give a pay it forward to two artists who have helped me recently. Thank you to Dreameyce Studio for shop advice,and a great big hug to Popogirl Animal Art for her eye opening artistic advice.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

One World, One Heart Winner!

Ok here it is, the winner

Of this adorable Cavalier Sculpture,
picked by a random number that Scampi picked out of a basket...
Elizabeth's Blog is Bluebirds and Bubbles
be sure and visit her soon

Congratulations Elizabeth and thank you to One World One Heart for Sponsoring this event!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Re-Working the Store

I have spent the last few days deciding how to go forward with my online store, so here it is, from now on, all dog ornaments and figurines will be custom. You can see photos on my website or in the galleries in my store, and order precisely what you want. There is still a higher charge for custom made from photos, but that does include the design fee, for you get to choose what design you would like.
For example if you have a Basset that eats daisy's... you can get this.

Or a westie that loves bags, you can get this.
Or any random lovable mutt, I will work off of his photo for a great likeness.
Please let me know what you think of the changes, any suggestions will be most appreciated! It is still a work in progress, not all pictures are up yet, please leave comments!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Wine vs. Water

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine.. And those who don't.

As Ben Franklin said: In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria. In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. Coli) - bacteria found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop.

However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.

Remember: Water = Poop Wine = Health

Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of shit.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information: I'm doing this as a public service.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Best Friends Animal Society

Every year I donate 10% of my profits from The Magic Sleigh to an animal rescue group.
This past year with my customers support we earned enough to "adopt " two different birds from the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.
I thank you, my customers and friends for supporting this needed organization.

After looking long and hard at many groups in need, I have chosen the following.

My Charity for this year will be- The Best Friends Animal Society
Best Friends Animal Society is guided by a simple philosophy: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us.

In the late 1980s, when Best Friends was in its early days, roughly 17 million dogs and cats
were being killed in shelters every year. Despite the commitment of shelter workers to the animals in their care, the conventional belief was that little could be done to lower that terrible number.
Best Friends' No More Homeless Pets campaign created a new vision: A grassroots effort to place dogs and cats who were considered "unadoptable" into good homes, and to reduce the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs. Since then, the number of dogs and cats being destroyed in shelters has fallen to approximately 5 million a year. There has been much progress,but there is still much more to do.

At the sanctuary
The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary at Angel Canyon, at the heart of the Golden Circle of national parks in southern Utah, is home on any given day to about 2,000 dogs, cats, and other animals, who come from shelters and rescue groups around the country for special care they can only receive at Best Friends.

Most of the animals who find their way to Best Friends have special physical or behavioral needs, and our expert staff of veterinarians, trainers and caregivers offer them all the help they require. Most of them are ready to go to good new homes after just a few weeks of special care. A few, who are too old or too sick, or who have suffered extra trauma, find a home and haven at the sanctuary, and are given loving care for the rest of their lives.

Remember, even if you do not purchase from me, support an organization of your choice, at these worst of times financially, it is the charities who hurt the most and are in need of the most support we can give them.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Dog, Cat, Rat

for those of you who haven't seen this video, ..... it is a wonderful commentary on getting along...

Monday, February 2, 2009

Seeing more UFO's

Some doctor on the TV this morning said that the way to

achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you

have started. So I looked around my house to see things

I'd started, and hadn't finished and, before leaving

the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of

Merlot, a bottle of shhhardonay, a bodle of Baileys,

abutle of vocka, a pockage of Pringlies, tha mainder of

a botl Prozic and Valumscriptins, the res of the

Chesescke an a box a chocolets. Yu haf no idr who

fikin gud I fel.

Peas sen dis orn to anyy yu fee ar in ned ov inr pece.