Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Paws For Charity Project

Some of you have been wondering where I have been...I have been busy, and have neglected my blog terribly!  One of the things I have been working on the past couple of months is my annual Paws For Charity Art Book Project. This is the sixth year for my art book project (the 5th Paws For Charity book). I donate all my time, and use contributed art from artists and photographers around the world to create these books. All funds raised from the sale of the books will be donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), my local animal shelter. This project has raised over $10,000 to date!

The link for you to preview and/or order this year's book will be posted soon (along with a really nice discount code you can use!).
"Family Huddle" © Dawn Rotta - pawztography.com
The front cover image this year was provided by Dawn Rotta, of Pawztography.com. I just fell in love with the photo of this happy little guy, who is surrounded by his people.

Here are a few words from Dawn:

"When Lenny's mom, Amber, contacted me to set up a photo session to include her four Chihuahuas (all rescue!) pups, I was excited and nervous. One never knows what will happen with even just one pet but with many it can quickly turn into a funny home video starring yours truly…


With all the individual photos done, we were setting up to take some group shots (Willy, Pumpkin and Tanner were being held) when I glanced down to see sweet Lenny looking up at met with a big infectious smile - one of my favorite "feet" shots ever!" - Dawn (pawsztography.com)
This is the fifth year for the Paws For Charity Art Book Project, and do you know something? I have never featured a piece of art on the covers. I have always chosen photographs. Don't get me wrong, there is always lots of wonderful art to choose from. But somehow....before this year...the photographs seems more appropriate.

Our back cover image was provided by Susan Garriques (susangarriques.com), an artist in North Carolina. I think it's spectacular....it shows such love and devotion, I love it! I hope you agree with me.


Blitz (For The Love Of A Boy) © Susan Garriques - susangarriques.com
Here are a few words about the painting from the artist:


"This painting is one of those that seems to have a life of its own somehow. It was meant to be and determined to be created. To begin with, nearly all my dog paintings are more of a formal portrait style. Straight on head shots. During a photo shoot for one of that style of portraits, a young boy named Isaiah pulled on my sleeve and asked me to come take photos of the “one out back”. I followed him to the back of the house and he introduced me to Blitz.  I took a few photos and didn’t think too much more about it. But… when I downloaded the day’s photo shoot to my computer, the photos I took of Blitz grabbed my attention right away.  Even though it was December, and a crazy busy time for me, I just had to create a painting of Blitz.  The love and affection that Blitz has for Isaiah shines through in this painting.

After the painting was finished, I discovered that Blitz has a “story”. About 6 years ago he was living the life of a dog used in dog fights. He was just 9 months old, skin and bones, and chained to a fence. His ears were shredded from the fighting. Isaiah’s mom rescued Blitz from that situation and he has been a part of their family ever since." - Susan (susangarriques.com)

3 comments:

Sybil said...

Bless you for this wonderful work you do Sara !

Love the front cover.
Love the back cover.

The "pittie" on the back cover reminds me of my daughter's dog, "Sooki".

Have you ever thought of doing a calendar ?

Sara said...

Hi Sybil, I used to put calendars together, but with 78 participants I would need to create 7 calendars to include everyone...it's a lot of work with not much payback.

martha brown said...

You HAVE been busy! Is spring there yet? It is coming here.... slowly.