Sometimes it’s fun to see an artists process through a painting!
So this is not art related but something I think is important to share…….
I volunteer for a rescue. I volunteer for Paphaven.org papillon rescue.
They were, and still are looking for more foster homes. I shared on Facebook all the info to my personal page and my public page for animals in need called Gimpy Pets. By doing so, Paphaven gained another foster home! Yeay!!!
So it is so important to put the word out on social media sites! It works! It helps to connect people to important stories in the news locally and afar, organizations in need of help like Paphaven, promoted cool new products and ideas, helps lost pets and people find their families, and in my case helped to gain more foster homes for animals in need.
So when someone posts for help or ask for you to share…..please go ahead and share. Cause someone else will share and it can snowball from there!
It works! I have proof! 😊😊😊
Frank (now named Jett in his adopted home), what can I say about this sweet little boy…….
My former foster now forever staring in his portrait for me to oogle over!! Not sure if I would even sell this one to his new mommy yet! I just love it and of course the subject matter to boot!
This one is a 20×20 gallery edged canvas.
I create art therefore I donate…………….
I always put away 10% of all my sales to help animals in need. I try and keep to my key 5 rescues that I work with, but if I hear or read about an animal in need outside my 5, I will do what I can with what I have earned. Might not be much, could be $20 but every dollar can help.
Well today I donated to Paphaven.org, which is one of my key 5. I donated $100 to a sweet little dog which they call Little One (but foster mom is calling her Butternut), that was rescued. She was a stray that was hit by a car. Had some rear hip damage and hip is not sitting right and she needs another surgery to hopefully fix it.
I hope to earn loads of $ this year so I can help out more animals in need……………
If you can, please donate to help this dog or any other animal in need out there in the world that could use some help!!!
I am one of those people who like to do everything creative! My brain swirls with ideas! I can’t sit still and have to be doing something whether it be sewing up some new bag designs, creating some t shirt art design to even cooking!
Now I have added another fun thing which I have not done in ages! I am first and foremost an artist. I took every art class available in High School. Art Classes in College and then my first job was being an Illustrator for an automotive design company in Michigan.
Many of my co-workers would ask me to draw their kids and pets. I was into using color pencils and graphite pencils. Then over the years got into working with clay and then sewing which then became my business.
A few months ago I dug out an unused canvas that was buried in our garage. I thought, “Yea I am gonna start painting!”. I started with one of my favorite subjects. My dogs and chose my number one boy, Finn!
After drawing him onto the canvas, I bought a box set of acrylic paints from our local art supply store and began to paint. I was clumsy and it was very awkward at first. Being use to working with lead pencils back in the day, the paint brush was uncomfortable. I got over it pretty quick and these are my first 3 creations! Ready to buy some more canvas and get to it!! I like to use fun image close ups!
I have updated my ETSY page to include my dog leash designs for my product line for pets under “Gimpy Pets“. Which I will have available very soon. I ordered my first production run!! Yeah!!!!! I created a cartoon of my old doggie that I adopted named Detective Tinkerton who is my mascot for Gimpy Pets. He has gone over to the rainbow bridge. He had a great but short life with us. We loved him dearly. If your not familiar with his story you can read it here! He was my inspiration for this new adventure in my work life.
Don’t worry Mackerilla is still here and I will still be selling sewing patterns and bags!
They are 6 foot long leashes with my text and image sublimated on both sides of the webbing. It’s a 3/4″ webbing with nice nickel hardware. $1 of every Gimpy Pet product sold goes to local shelters and rescues. I am starting a fund for animals in need too!
I have 3 disabled pets. Two dogs and one cat.
My dog Oonagh has one eye. She was rescued by Paphaven from a breeder that basically had her for pumping out puppies 😦 She was covered with fleas and parasites inside and out. She had allot of scabs on her belly from who knows what. We don’t know what happened to her eye but she seems fine with it. No pain or problems. It’s just done gone!
She is a wonderful little gal! We love her very much and she a lucky girl to have found us as much as we are lucky to have found her! (we spoil our pets rotten!)
Here she is demonstrating the proper way of sitting in a garden pot!
Our other disabled dog is Candy! She is another Paphaven rescue. She was in a few homes, then dumped in the streets to die. She was found very ill and Paphaven sent her to one of their fosters who cared for her and brought her back to good health. She has a damaged front leg from an old injury (which we think was from abuse 😦 ) that was never properly taken care of. She gets around just fine. She does have some aggression and fear issues. We are working through those and she is leaps and bounds better. We do have allot of work still ahead of us with her. She is a very sweet little doll! I am glad she is with us. She loves her family very much! You can certainly tell that!
Here’s Candy running and playing!
Then there is Harper the cat. He was found a stray. He was also very ill when they found him and had to be in intensive care for awhile. We adopted him from the Watsonville shelter. We have had him for 4 years now. He was a victim of VAS recently. Cancer caused by a vaccine. You can read about his story here . He had his back leg amputated. We hope that the cancer is gone. Time will tell. He is a super snuggler! Everyone loves him. I think he is the best cat in the world!!! 🙂
Harper a few weeks after his surgery