Thursday, April 30, 2009
"All Is Well" can be found on page 16 of the 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book.
Shelagh is an artist and photographer who lives in Nova Scotia. Her cheerful work has found it's way all over the world. From Japan to Alaska and Finland to South Africa, Shelagh's whimsical art makes people everywhere smile. Gracing the walls of a Pediatric Unit in Missouri and beaming from the labels of an established condiment line, her art knows no bounds. Monty the tabby cat is her muse and ever present art critic. Shelagh has written and illustrated her own cook book (oddly enough, I was given her book as a gift several years ago, long before I knew Shelagh). Her cookbook is available here.
Prints of her photos are available at broomhillpictures.etsy.com
Prints of "All Is Well" and many other of Shelagh's creations are available at aliceinparis.etsy.com
You can see more of her work here: duffettfolkart.com
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Gary is a New York based photographer. He exhibits regularly in galleries around Brooklyn and new York. His works have taken Best in Show, have been used in group exhibit press kits, and have a permanent collection in the N.Y.C. Transit Building in Livingston Plaza. Gary's photographs can also be found in his etsy shop.
Here is the story of Iki, written by Gary:
I was honored to be one of the artists selected for the book as it gave me an opportunity to use my work for helping other people in some way, shape or form.
Ironically there is a deeper story to my particular work that was selected. My selected piece is a photograph of our kitten "Iki". Iki was discovered in our backyard in June of 2008 by my son Kyle who is autistic and has a special and strong love of animals. Iki was merely a day old when Kyle found him, and pretty much hours away from death. Apparently Iki's mom had removed him from her litter and left him to die. We took him in and nursed him against the veterinarians prediction of a 50/50 chance of survival. He is now a 10 month old kitten in excellent health and spirit. In the selected photo, Iki is two weeks old and very scrawny. His good looks and charm comes across in the photo and has given both him, myself and Kyle the chance to help save another life.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Emily told me I could edit her bio, but how could I leave any of this out? Here it is, in it's entirety.
Emily Wagner grew up on the mean streets of New York City’s Upper West Side. She was a child actress who made her television debut at thirteen in the educational camp series HIGH FEATHER. Even though the show only had a ten episode run, it played repeats for seven years on PBS and by the time Emily got to college she had achieved cult status among the seven people who watched it. Some of whom are still her friends today.
Emily is an actress, writer and artist. She is the co-creator (along with Chelsea Gilmore) of the web series MOTHERHOODLUM. She has written for SOMA magazine, HOTMOMSCLUB.COM, MAMAZINE.COM and the in-flight magazine for an airline that no longer exists. She created, wrote, produced and starred in several short and feature films, some with her brother Andrew (COUNTING, SOUTH MAIN), some with her longtime collaborator Julie Delpy (BLAH, BLAH, BLAH) and some with both of them (Looking For Jimmy, Careful) all of which went on to have impressive festival runs.
As an actress she has appeared in several feature films (SEVEN) and television shows (IN LIVING COLOR, JACK AND JILL, CRIMINAL MINDS). But it is in the role of Doris Pickman, the smart aleck paramedic on ER that she has played for the past thirteen seasons for which she receives the most (and only) fan mail, usually from incarcerated women. Emily received impressive reviews for her starring role in the indie cult hit THE TALENT GIVEN US, directed by her brother Andrew. She has been known to cuddle up in bed with the printouts and read them to herself softly.
Most recently Emily starred in the film CHRONIC TOWN along with Garry Marshall and Paul Dooley which premiered at the Sundance 2008 Film Festival. Last year Emily appeared in STICK IT and MR. WOODCOCK.
She has studied improv, comedy and writing at The Groundlings and acting with Susan Batson of the Actor’s Studio, Ivana Chubbuck, Silvana Gallardo and Ian Tucker. At Vassar when she wasn’t taking drugs and/or sleeping with the few straight men on campus she managed to graduate, only one year late, with a B.A. in Fine Art.
Emily refuses to cut down on Splenda, The Hills, or Ikea. In her first year of single-motherhood Emily has discovered its surprising upsides. Squatting to pick up a tossed sippy cup has been great to her ass, one teething biscuit in only half a Weight Watchers point, and Baby is a great excuse to bail out of plans at the last minute. Her most coveted possession is a toilet plunger. "Biggie Smalls" is featured on page 34 of the 2009 Paws for Charity Art Book.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
We stopped in Bear River for supper on the way home (you don't say dinner here for the evening meal. Dinner is lunch. Supper is the evening meal). Notice that all the buildings are on stilts? The tides run high here too. We ate at a diner, where all the locals eat (the only spot in town). It was a Saturday night and they close at 6:00. Summer hours keeps them open till 7:30. The food was just like home-made, worth waiting for. And it gave John a chance to chat with a couple of the locals for a half hour.
We had another fun outing last night...at the Maitland Country Jam. Held in the Maitland Community Hall, there were approx 25 musicians sitting in a circle of chairs at the front of the hall, and about 75 people in the audience. They get together every Tuesday night through the spring, summer, and fall. The musicians each take a turn singing a song, and the audience joins in when they know the words. Of course, everyone knew we were newcomers as soon as we walked in the door. But we did know someone....John met a man a few weeks ago, when we were eating a breakfast at a firehall, who told us about the Jam. Lots of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis, Johnny Cash songs were sung. A couple of my favourites: Sonny's Dream (originally sung by Ron Hines, but has become quite the pub song)
Sonny, don't go away
I am here all alone
You're daddy's a sailor
Who never comes home...
a 70ish man and wife singing Sea Cruise (a 50's Frankie Ford song)....
Ew-wee, ew-wee baby
Ew-wee, ew-wee baby
Won't you let me take you on a sea cruise?
a 70ish woman signing Tony Orlando and Dawn's Knock Three Times while playing a mandolin
Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me (everyone stomping on the floor 3 times)
and it was such fun listening to the oldish gentleman playing a jig on the harmonica, and watching a 70ish woman get up and dance in the aisle everytime he played. I'd love to get up and dance whenever I felt like it. Even if I was the only person dancing in a room full of people sitting. Maybe some day. I think we'll be regulars at the Country Jam. (the weeks that I'm not at the photo club anyway)
Tonight: my first meeting at the new gardening club in New Germany.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Dan has been attached at the hip to a camera - digital and film - since the early 70's. His freelance work has taken him to weddings, portraits, news journalism, and travel. Now he is finally getting to take the photos that mean something to him.
Dan's photo entitled "Lifelong Friends" is on page 6 of the 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book. I selected this photo for the book because I just loved the look in the hound's eye as well as the human connection.
Here is the story behind the photo, written by Dan:
While at an outdoor festival, I noticed the basset following his owner. The crowded venue had the basset side stepping human feet at every turn. Huddled close to his owners legs, it was as if he knew that his friend would keep him safe and lead him to a safe spot away from the crowd. Once they reached a safe distance from the noisy bustling horde, his friend reached down with a loving, reassuring hand to signal "it's ok". A dog's voice is in his eyes, ears and tail. All three responded with admiration...eyes fixed on his friend, ears back and tail sweeping the sidewalk clean in a 180 degree semi circle.
During the rest of the day as I walked the festival searching for more images, I looked for another couple who publicly exhibited this bond of natural unconditional love...they were nowhere to be found.
You can purchase Dan's photos at WoodandPixels.etsy.com. And you really must check out his blog for some fantastic photos and narratives... woodandpixels.blogspot.com
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Cute. That's all I can say.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Here is another installment in my artist profiles for the 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book.
Originally from Chicago, Jennie calls Knoxville, TN home. Happily married with 4 dogs, she has been doing pet photogrpahy since 2005.
Jennie Huettel Photography specializes in modern pet portraits that capture your pet’s unique personality.
“My passion has always been dogs. I have been very active in making Knoxville more pet friendly, including the addition of off-leash dog parks. By combining my passion for pets with my love for photography, I am able to make your photo shoot a one of a kind experience.”-Jennie
Jennie's photo entitled "Ellie Mae" is featured on page 31 of the 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book Project.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I don't know if the birds were celebrating, but we were! I love happy endings.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Kelly Snelling is a Southern girl transpanted in California. She is a self-taught artist who believes she can do anything she sets her mind to, including beating breast cancer.
Her art and words have been published in several magazines and books. She is the co-author of A Charming Exchange.
When she isn't playing tag with her dog and two little boys or dancing with her adorable husband or whispering to her cat, she can be found daydreaming, painting, singing, laughing, making BIG necklaces, and living life loudly with every fiber of her soul.
Kelly's photograph "The Passage" can be found on page 39 of the 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book Project.
Kelly has just celebrated a wonderful anniversary...two years of being free from breast cancer. In her own words, "Cancer is an upside down blessing in that I surely have learned to value what I have instead of feeling as if I were missing out on anything...ever."
Kelly is such a talented artist, that I had a tough time choosing from her submissions...she also submitted a cat painting and a dog painting. However, I chose "The Passage" because I think it is a thought provoking photograph. It leads me to wonder what is just around the corner, out of view. Don't we all wonder that about life?
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Our project has also been blogged about by Dog Art Today thanks to another one of our participants.
But I still do have a life of my own, and must remember to take a break from my projects. Here are a couple of photos from recent ATVing with G's machine. We stick to our own property...20 acres seems big enough for now. You can see Mulligan running behind us. Both dogs love to run with the ATV.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
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Sunday, April 5, 2009
Cameron Graves Hayden
When I asked Cameron if she would like to be involved in the Paws For Charity Art Book Project, I specifically mentioned her painting "Vanessa and Be". I was quite drawn to this painting, and although it doesn't have a dog or cat in the painting I wanted to include it. When I mentioned this painting to Cameron, she told me Vanessa was diagnosed with breast cancer over two years ago. Here is Cameron's painting of Vanessa. You'll find it on page 3 of our book. Underneath the painting, you'll find the story of "Be", written by Vanessa.I have a bear. His name is 'Be'. I received Be when I was first diagnosed with cancer two and a half years ago. Be has provided me with great comfort and strength ever since. I named him Be to represent everything I want to be... be happy, be healthy, be loving, be generous. Whenever I feel upset, angry or sad, I look to Be to remind me of everything positive in the world and everything I want to be; ultimately Be represents love. Be also reminds me to live in the moment, to Be. I don't know how much longer I have in this life but every moment will count and will be cherished. Be is my constant companion. He comes with me to all of my chemo appointments, anytime I am in the hospital and of course to bed with me. If I ever wake up in the middle of the night, his sweet, comforting face is there to greet me. Be also represents the love I have in my heart for those I cherish most. Bears know where their hearts are and will always remind you of where yours is.