Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Rabbit Tarot- Giveaway

*Contest has ended, winner to be announced Saturday the 3rd.*

In celebration of the Rabbit Tarot being finished I am having a special blog giveaway!

You can win this original painting (not a print!) of an image from the Rabbit Tarot deck- the Seven of Carrots (5" x 7" watercolor on paper.) AND your very own Rabbit Tarot Card Deck. ($70. Value!)

Here's how to enter to win:

Just leave a comment on this blog post (required), make sure I have some way to contact you either through your blog ID or a web address. (only one comment will be counted if you leave multiple comments).

For additional BONUS entries you may do any or all of the following:

*Follow this Blog.

*Visit my website and add yourself to my mailing list. (if you are already on my list, just pop in and say hi using the form and I will count you).

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The winner will be chosen by a random number generator, contest ends October 2nd, 2009. The winner will be announced in this blog October 3rd. Good Luck Everyone!

Please visit my Etsy shop if you can't wait and want to purchase my new Rabbit Tarot Decks. I will also be listing original art from the decks for sale soon!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Rabbit Haven

One of my favorite local rabbit rescue organizations is having a benefit vegetarian dinner and silent auction (including some bunny items from me!).

The 2009 Dinner & Silent Auction is being held on September 19th, 3:00pm at the Rusty Pelican in Seattle.

Check out the website for more information.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Custom Animal Portraits

I am always flattered when people want me to do portraits of their pets. Sometimes it's an emotional request, since their beloved animal is no longer with them. I am a bit on the fence about it, since I know there are a great many talented artists out there who do wonderful and realistic animal portraits, which is not really my forte. Luckily many people understand that, and apparently that's not why they pick me to paint or sculpt their pets.

This portrait of Noisette and Océanne, two lovely bunny sisters I got to know on the flickr BLU group (bunny lovers unite). Their bunny mum had a wonderful idea about Noisette tucking in Océanne, and this is the result.

Here are a couple pendants I made of Shelby the rat, who is no longer with us. The customer wanted one for her and one for her daughter, something they could carry with them to remember her by.

Like any custom work, I rely on a lot of intuitive feel for what the customer wants. Sometimes I get it wrong, or there is miss-communication with the customer about what they see in their head and what I end up creating. I don't see this as a bad thing, because like any art, it's often about the process and not the finished piece. I really enjoy the challenge of custom work, and getting to know my clients better in the process.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Etsy Video Contest Update

My video "Handmade Animals" is a semi finalist in the Etsy Video Contest.

Out of the 177 videos submitted this one is one of the 25 finalists. On September 14th Etsy will announce the finalists, and voting for the winner will begin. I am surprised and happy that my humble little video made it this far, considering how many unique and well made entries there are.

Thanks everyone for your support!