Friday, December 19, 2014

Donation to SHAID

Yesterday, I stopped by S.H.A.I.D. to give the final donation from the 2014 Paws For Charity Project. $775 was donated, bringing the total donated this year to $1,655.
Sara with Harold Rowsell, SHAID Manager
A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to all the participants from this year's project, as well as to all the people who purchased the coffee table books, notebooks, and 2015 planners. Thanks for helping to make this year's project another great success!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Article

Many thanks to reporter Robert Hirtle who put this article together. Published in the Progress Bulletin - November 18, 2014 edition.




Friday, October 3, 2014

Notebooks

Our Notebooks are ready to order!  All funds raised from book sales are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal shelter in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

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Until October 31, 2014
you can get a 25% discount by using coupon code OCT25% (case sensitive)
If that doesn't work try out one of these....
20% discount by using coupon code OCT20% 
OR....
20% discount by using coupon code CELEBRATION (all codes are case sensitive)
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This book is 162 pages of blank and lined pages, black and white images of dogs and cats printed on cream non coated paper, and quotes about dogs and cats. The notebooks make great hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, journals, or just tuck it in your bag to keep track of things when you're out and about.

The Paws For Charity Project creates books using images of dogs and cats submitted by artists and photographers (professional and amateur) from around the world. Copyright of the images remains with the artists.

Notebook by Paws For Charity | Make Your Own Book

The front cover image was provided by Sabrina Moore (www.DirtyPawPhotography.com) The back cover image was provided by Madelyn Caranci (www.CityDogPhotography.com).

Thursday, October 2, 2014

2015 weekly planners are ready!

The Paws For Charity 2015 weekly planners are ready for ordering! This is a two page per week planner for the year 2015. The book contains 136 planner pages, 8 blank pages for notes, approx 75 black and white photographs and art, and approx 75 dog and cat quotes. They make great hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or just tuck it in your bag to keep track of things when you're out and about. 

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Until October 31, 2014
you can get a 25% discount by using coupon code OCT25% (case sensitive)
If that doesn't work try out one of these....
20% discount by using coupon code OCT20% 
OR....
20% discount by using coupon code CELEBRATION (all codes are case sensitive)
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All profits from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal shelter in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The photograph on the front cover was provided by Elaine Tweedy (www.igottheshotphotography.com). The back cover photo was provided by Hannah Michalski (www.howaboutpictures.com).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

customized weekly planners

Weekly planners for 2015 and blank notebooks will be available in the next couple of weeks, and will contain images contributed by the 2014 Paws For Charity Project participants. They make great stocking stuffers....hostess gifts....or just something for yourself to pop into your bag to keep track of things when you are out and about.  All profits from the sales are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals In Distress (shaid.ca), an animal shelter in Nova Scotia, Canada.

New this year! I am offering custom weekly planners to all the 2014 participants. You can have a weekly planner printed that contains only your own images (instead of images from our 70+ participants). Get this.....There is no charge for creating the book! But...you must purchase (or have your customers purchase) a minimum of 10 copies of your book. The books are $15 each, but you can almost always get a coupon for 20% off the price (making them $12 each). All profits from the sales are donated to SHAID.

Peta Santoro (100loyalfaces.com) volunteered to send me her images so I could set up a sample for you to view...check it out! Now picture your own images....

Monday, September 8, 2014

Artist Profile: Karen M Berisford

Karen M Berisford has been involved with the Paws For Charity Project for many years. To see more of her work, please visit her website (www.karenmberisford.co.uk). You can also find her on Facebook here.
Karen M Berisford and Survivor   (www.karenmberisford.co.uk)
Where do you live? What made you want to contribute to help raise funds for an animal shelter in Nova Scotia?
I have just moved up to live on the coast at Newbiggin by the Sea in Northumberland but am originally from Chesterfield in Derbyshire (UK) very close to the Peak District.  Being part of the Paws For Charity Art book is a great honour as I know it is helping to raise funds for the SHAID shelter and any animal shelter in every corner of the world works so hard to get much needed donations, how could I not wish to help, even though I only play a very small part in it. Every animal deserves a loving home. 

Do you have a certain "style" in mind when you create your images?
I just love creating realism in my work, after over 30 years of being an Artist, you continue to improve, I do not think you ever stop really. I need challenges in my work to feel a true passion for what I do. As I do a lot of Pet portraits, many who have sadly passed over the Rainbow bridge - to me, it is important that I capture their 'spirit' and that 'look'. I really work from the heart when I am producing something very special for someone - I will spend time simply looking at a subject or a scene, thinking about what that subject means or meant to the Commissionee and deciding what I could add to make it just that little bit special for them.  I do not know if 'from the heart' is a 'style' but I'd like to think so! 

What are some things, people, or places that inspire you?
Nature inspires me - birds singing, dogs playing, cats snoozing, the wind blowing through a horse's mane, watching and listening to the sea - simply anything in Mother Nature continues to inspire no matter how many times I see it, I'm home in Nature. I would also say that other Artist's definately inspire and encourage me to want to do more Art - I love looking at different styles of Art, different creative types, bright colours and reading how passionate others are about what they do too, Art is all I ever wanted to do in life - I feel very lucky. 
Karen's artwork and involvement with the Paws For Charity Project are featured in this month's Coloured Pencil Magazine.
 
I want to thank Karen for being involved with the Paws For Charity Project year after year...her generosity is much appreciated!
All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity

E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Artist Profile: Jewel Mathieson

Jewel Mathieson is an amazing artist, and she has generously participated in the Paws For Charity projects for years. You can see more of her wonderful art on her website: www.petportrait.co.nz or on facebook: www.facebook.com/petportrait
Jewel Mathieson    www.petportrait.co.nz
Where do you live? What made you want to contribute to help raise funds for an animal shelter in Nova Scotia?
I’m from Nelson, New Zealand. When I was first contacted by Sara about the Paws for Charity project I jumped at the chance and was truly honoured to be included! I am lucky enough to connect with rescue groups and clubs from all over the globe and I always love to contribute and support them when ever I am can. I have also discovered that Rogue’s owner, (my main portrait that’s included in this year’s book) is actually Canadian, so it meant a lot to her that Rogue could be part of a project that supported a Canadian shelter.

Tell us about one of your favourite commissions?
I had a date with ten Huskies, which was an amazing and memorable experience in itself. But the real fun began when I tried to do a photo shoot with six of them for a portrait commission. Armed with three helpers and lots of treats, things were going pretty well and we managed to get five of them lined up nicely with a formal, posed portrait in mind. However, no amount treats, kind persuasion, or gentle manoeuvring would convince the old boy Fen to co-operate with us. During a stand-off between Fen and his owner, I took a perfectly timed photo of Fen defiantly sitting looking towards me while the other five sat a few feet away, lined up perfectly, all looking over at Fen to see what he was doing. We did eventually get a few perfect posed photos of them all, and when I sent through the best photo options for the portrait, I included that one. Much to my delight he loved it too and picked it for his portrait, which I drew as a diptych with the five on the left looking over at Fen, who I drew in a separate portrait to the right. To this day it is still my favourite portrait!
Where's Fen? by Jewel Mathieson   www.petportrait.co.nz
What are some things, people, or places that inspire you?
I find inspiration in a lot of different places. Animals, particularly dogs, fascinate me. They have such unique and individual personalities, and I love really capturing the expression and the soul which makes each animal so distinctive.
I also really love texture so I am drawn to places like old farmsteads, historic sites and abandoned relics. I love weathered wood, shaped by rot and painted with moss and lichens. As well as rusty old iron, vehicles and machinery which was once so essential to daily life, now laying almost forgotten in the grass. And of course, I love the texture of fur!

Do you have a certain "style" in mind when you create your images?
I have quite an individual, highly detailed style with which I love capturing all of my subjects. Each portrait is painstakingly drawn using dozens of colours and layers, quite literally drawing in every hair and every possible fine detail that I can see. Often it is the little things that can make something so easily recognisable so attention to detail is an essential attribute for me. I also achieve all of this while using quite a vibrant colour palette so my portraits are all bright, uplifting and full of life.

Tell us about a current project you are working on?
I’m currently working on my second book, to be titled “Indomitable Spirit”. It looks at the early working breeds of the Arctic regions as well as their modern day descendants. Through my art I want to express their immense spirit and unyielding determination and the very special bonds that they form both with each other and with their owners. It is a rather ambitious two year project which will see me draw more than fifty portraits for the book, but one that I am incredibly excited about! I’m hoping to have it published late 2014/early 2015.

Thanks Jewel...we wish you the best of luck with your project!

All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity

E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity