Today’s the day when the pet portrait auction begins, to raise funds for the Global Sighthound Rescue group. If you haven’t yet had a chance to see the work done by the artists who are participating, I thought I’d give you a short tour of their studios. Click on the links below to see their artwork and learn how their unique pieces are made.
Deborah Masouras does beautiful batik paintings with colors that are so glowing, they almost look like stained glass. You can see how these wax paintings are made on her blog.
Xan Blackburn is going to make a soft sculpture for the winner of her auction. You may recognize her name from her frequent comments on this blog, or from her guest post that showed us how she created a faux-bronze paper mache dog. Xan also designed the website for the Global Sighthound Rescue group, and she and her husband have adopted a dog through the group. Check out the gallery on her site to see her beautiful pet portraits.
Mindy Thomas will be creating a pet portrait on a small ceramic pot. Take a look at her blog to see the incredible detail of her portraits.
Sarah Snavely may already be familiar to you if you love animal sculptures. Her ceramic greyhounds are quite distinct, and she has a national (and perhaps international) reputation. Check out the gallery on her blog to see why.
Jonni Good – that’s me, of course. I’ll be making a mini display mask of someone’s pet or favorite critter. The puppy’s mask at the top of this post was made as a “practice” piece, just to see how a small mask would look on the wall. Now imagine a small mask of your dog, cat, (or wolverine, puma, orangutan, ??) hanging on your own wall, if you put in the winning bid.
Even if you don’t intend to bid on any of the artwork, I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the forum that Xan put together just for this event. (Nice job, Xan!) You can see all of the artists’ work right in one place, add your comments and encouragement, and see how the auction is coming along. You can even meet some of the beautiful dogs that are helped by this rescue group.
I hope to see you there.