Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dancing Bunnies, Free Color in and Cut Out Ornament

I created this ornament for a contest, but wasn't a winner, so I am offering it free up to anyone who wants a fun project to cut and color and hang on their tree (or anywhere else.)

dancing bunnies Free color in ornament

Click on the image to download off Flickr, or click this link-
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluedogrose/5226660023/

Have fun and happy decorating!
Nakisha

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bunny Winner!

Thank you everyone who entered the LWR Book giveaway contest!

Based on a number generated by Random.org the winner is........



Amber! (aka pickled pandas)

Congrats on your win, your new bunny items are hopping your way this morning.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

White Rabbit Book Giveaway!

Ok friends! In celebration of finishing my book, I am having a FREE giveaway!

What you can win:
A signed copy of "Little White Rabbit Bakes a Cake", a Bunny Themed Pendant with necklace, and a Collectible Signed Art Card of a white rabbit holding a cake (as shown in the photo).

How to Win:

*Contest is now closed, winner to be announced December 1st. Thank you everyone who entered!*

Contest ends November 30th, 2010 and the winner will be selected by a random number generated by Random.org.  I will announce the winner on this blog on December 1st, 2010. Contest is open anywhere where legal. Winner must confirm your win within 30 days or the prize will be forfeit.

To purchase items like these, please visit my Etsy shop
http://www.etsy.com/shop/bluedogrose

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Beagle

Turtlebean the Beagle
I am not 100% sure why, but Turtlebean the beagle has the most nicknames, including "the beagle". He is THE beagle, the hound and one of the loudest and occasionally most obnoxious, of all the dogs. Yes, I love him, but he's a beagle. He doesn't snuggle, he steals food, he has selective hearing, claws like a wolverine, is especially stubborn, and he's kind funny looking in his old age. He's a character.

You may think that puppies never make it into rescue, but we found him on petfinder.com as a two month old rescue of beaglerescue.org, over 11 years ago. I can't remember why we wanted a beagle, I had one growing up and that didn't seem to sway me, but I will say, beagle puppies are SO darn cute. It's no wonder that they have made it into many a movie, Disney cartoon and shoe commercial. What all that wonderful propaganda doesn't tell you is that these are dyed in the wool hunting dogs. They were bred to follow their nose and to make a lot of noise while doing it, both traits that don't  really adapt too well to city life.

When he sees someone walking down the street, he bays. When he is happy to see you, he bays. When he is hungry, he looks at you, then he bays. Don't even get me started about when a fire truck screams by, it's best to cover your ears and wait. Now, for those who have never heard these  musical dogs, the hound group is as close as you will get to the Carusos or Pavarottis of the canine world. They were, after all, meant to make a lot of noise chasing game, so hunters could follow them over hill and dale. It surprisingly a lot of depth and volume for a little dog.

Another by product of this selective breeding (and inbreeding) is unfortunately a little less pleasant. He is epileptic, and at one point we had to remove a 1 pound grapefruit sized tumor from his chest. We called it his uni-boob, and so, he also obtained the new nickname of "Tumor". 

So, as -Smeagol, Beast, Bee, Boo, Turd, Stinky, Tumor, Boob, Dog, Sneed, Nosy, Butt, Beagle- is sure to attest, this breed is not for everyone, but I wouldn't give him up for anything.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

J'Adore Theodore

in the door way

My oldest dog, Theo has been with us since he was about 6 weeks old. He'd had a rough start in life. Some evil person dumped him and his litter mates in the woods. Luckily some kids found them and they ended up in the hands of a woman who found them homes. He was a funny little thing, his back legs were swollen from malnourishment, he had demodectic mange which made the hair fall out around his eyes, and was generally so good natured and sensitive. He had a habit of drinking water when he was upset, to the point of throwing up. We called it his "drinking problem" and imagine it was because of his abandonment.

He was also smart and eager to please.

He was our first dog, so of course we made mistakes. He slept on the bed. We didn't know how to address his abandonment issues, so he developed separation anxiety. In his early years he ate through a wall, part of a door and countless homemade dog gates. He also drank from a can of paint, chewed on a nail and various parts of game controllers and cords.

Theoelephant
Theo playing sock elephant.

Eventually we got him a dog friend to keep him company and his anxiety calmed down, he outgrew his puppy chewing, and also eventually, his insane Labrador energy mellowed. Now 13, he really is the ipitome of a good dog, even tempered and tolerant, loving and attentive, and goofy and funny. Sometimes we see shadows of the poor puppy he was, he hates being confined (eating the old linoleum when confined to the kitchen recently), and drinking too much water when he is upset.  He also is the dog that always knows when I am not felling well, and tries to sit on my lap, even though he weighs 55 pounds. And almost always, that is enough to make me feel better.

I think if there is anything Theo would say to the world is that every dog deserves a chance to be a good dog.
Good boy, Theo.

Update: after a long illness, Theo passed away April 2012. He is terribly missed.
Theo in the sun.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Upcoming- Rabbit Haven Benefit

I've donated some fun bunny themed items, including a rabbit tarot deck and bunny jewelry to my local rabbit recue Rabbit Haven, here in Washington state. They have a great meal to go with the silent auction, and everything benefits the homeless bunnies!

Here's the skinny~
September 18, 2010
3:00 - 6:00 pm
at the Rusty Pelican Cafe

$35 per person


From the website-

"This is our major fundraiser for the year, and it's a great time for everyone. Your ticket includes a yummy vegetarian lasagna meal (vegan on request) at our favorite restaurant, the Rusty Pelican Cafe in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, and the opportunity to bid on dozens of super-cool items.
You'll have the opportunity to bid on things like jewelry, custom gift baskets, event and season tickets, amazing cakes baked by Marilyn at the Rusty Pelican, gift certificates, bunny toys and supplies, artwork, and much, much more."

For tickets and more, visit their website-
http://rabbithaven.org/2010-auction/

And if you are in the market for a new bunny friend to add to your family, check out their adoptable bunnies like Tom and Jerry Pictured above!
http://rabbithaven.org/pairs-and-groups/2009/12/20/tom-jerry.html

Saturday, August 7, 2010

And the Winner Is...

Based on a number generated by Random.org, we have now have a winner to the card design contest held last two weeks.

Congratulations to TopHat, who won a free set of Holiday cards (to be printed).

Thank you everyone who commented, by far, the bunny family building a snow bunny was the card design most favorited,  but I have decided to print ALL the cards, they should be available to purchase mid September or October. (so everyone wins! :D)

I will also have buttons of the snow bunny family (like the image above) available soon on Etsy!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Holiday Cards- Vote and Enter to Win a free Set of Cards!

It is that time of year, even though it's 80 degrees out I need to decide what Holiday cards I will put out this year, and I can use your help!

Please have a look at the three card designs I am considering, then, let me know in the comments which one you think should be the 2010 Holiday card available to purchase.

A. Rabbit Family Builds a Snow Bunny


B. Winter Journey to the Party



C. The Tree trimming Party


What's in it for you? Well, if you leave a comment, I will enter you in a random drawing to will a free set of 8 Holiday cards once they are printed. (Contest ends August 6th. Open to any adult where legal to do so, one entry per person.Winner chosen by a random number generator, and announced August 7th, 2010 on this blog) 


Please choose one and let me know by leaving a comment on this post.

A. Rabbit Family Builds a Snow Bunny
B. Winter Journey to the Party
C. The Tree trimming Party
D. I want ALL the designs!

Don't forget to leave a way to contact  you!

Want to know when the holiday cards will be available? Join my mailing list!
http://www.nakisha.com/contact_nakisha.htm
Or follow me on Twitter
http://twitter.com/bluedogrose


Thank you- This contest has closed! See next post for the winner.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Laika the Rare Mutt


Many people ask me if I have rabbits as pets since I paint so many of them. I don't. I had a house bunny a long time ago, but now I have dogs. I thought it might be fun (for me) to talk about each of them because they really are a lot of inspiration in my work, though maybe not so obvious at first glance.

This is Laika, she's the newest addition to the pack. Although she looks like a German Shepherd, she actually a full grown, 20 pound, six year old mutt. Yes, MUTT. Don't make that face. Mutt dogs are the best in my opinion. What her parentage is is anyone's guess (and many do guess) but my current theory is dachshund, corgi, min pin, squirrel hound, rat terrier... I tell people she is a rare mini German Shepherd.

We weren't gonna get another dog. Our German Shepherd mix Tuco had passed away and it was hard getting used to three dogs. I'd count them coming in from the yard to be sure all the dogs were inside, and I couldn't get my head around three. I kept waiting for the fourth to come through the door.

When I saw the add on Craigslist I told my SO, it's just a leetle dog. One more little dog won't make that much difference! Plus she looks like a German Shepherd. I grew up with German Shepherds and  Shepherd mixes, they are sort of imprinted on me.

Me and Wotan, about 1976


Laika was actually named Linka when we got her, we just couldn't get our heads around it, so we altered her name a little. She doesn't mind. Her family gave her up because she didn't get along with their other dog and was too rough with their kid. She doesn't have a shepherd personality, she is pure terrier. Or terror if you are a rodent or squirrel, she is amazingly fast and efficient in taking care of the small animal population. Probably the main reason I don't have rabbits. She is surprisingly gentle with the cats though, although sometimes she will herd them back into my studio.

Like most terriers she is very high energy, more than all the dogs combined. Luckily she likes to fetch so this takes the edge off. Though she likes to sit on your lap, you can't pet her too much, she gets too wound up. She has a thing for things with wheels. Rolling luggage especially makes her excited, and children too, she loves kids. When ready to go for a W-A-L-K she will repeatedly jump straight up in the air 4-5 feet off the ground.

She really is a sweetheart, the perfect number four.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The TaRat

 the Knight of Swords

The TaRat is a 78 card deck is made up of 22 major and 56 minor arcana, each with a different image of white rats. There are Swords, Cups, Pentacles and Clubs in this deck, as well as underlying themes of stars, moons and planets and some birds.

Each original card was created with ink and watercolor on 2.5" x 3.5" sized paper. It was designed to be a mini novelty deck, and not a full sized playing deck.

Right now I have it available as an uncut extra mini deck. Depending on how it sells, I may offer it in a larger, more workable size in the future.

For more-
http://www.theTaRat.com

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Q & A with artist Linda Woolford

One of the wonderful things about Etsy is making connections with people around the world, including talented artists like Linda Woolford. Linda lives on the Isle of Wight, England, and creates beautiful one of a kind animal and fantasy art. I am especially drawn to the sensitive way she depicts her horses. She kindly answered some questions about her art and inspiration.

Please tell us more about yourself.
I've been happily scribbling away since I was very young, I've been trading and selling art pieces since I was about 12 years old. I had to be flexible crafting as a youngster, as we didn't have the finances to buy the products that were basics, so one had to be creative with what was available.I believe this actually helped me to see art and possibilities I wouldn't have explored had I been given a more affluent upbringing.
Pegasus Foal Tiger Lily and Buttons the Robin by Linda Woolford
Do you own any animals?
I own a young black Labrador, 'Prince', who is just over a year old now, and a complete joy. 'Wednesday's Choice', 'Woozle' for short, is my sweet natured 16.2hh  bay mare, whom I used to Event,  and was retired a good while ago, and who has now reached the great age of 35yrs.


Painted Cherub, Pegasus foal by Linda Woolford


Much of your art is fantasy themed, is their any particular story or book that you are influenced or inspired by?
I cant say I was influenced in fantasy art by any particular genre or book, but I love all fantasy, and Sci-Fi genre, and films and reading has always been a great joy for me.
Wonderful illustrations were a fascination for me as a small child, and visually beautiful films such as Legend, are still breathtaking  for me watch.
Welsh Mountain Stallion, Home Pastures by Linda Woolford

Some of us never grow out of our love of painting horses. Do you work from live models, photographs or your imagination? Can you explain your process in how you create a piece start to finish?
Horses have always been a pull for me, since I kept escaping from my home garden as a toddler and following the local beach horses.
I can start an art  piece in many ways, sometimes its seeing horses on film, a beautiful real life horse that inspires sketches, more often its lots of photographs, laid down all over the table, pinned onto walls. I like to have some real life references, even with fantasy as it adds a reality to the piece.
When starting a pastel mixed media piece, I will sketch full-size onto scrap paper till I'm happy with the look of it, then rub out any non essential sketch lines so there's a clear outline sketch, then I use this as a reference to sketch directly onto the pastel paper. Then start to fill in with hard pastels, and Derwent soft pencils, then I add small hair and details with watercolours and fine brushes.
I enjoy all types of art, sculpture, and varied subjects, I have a few different styles, not just one, I think that's because its a mood thing, a bit like the way I dress, very different from day to day.


Fox Cub at the Briar Rose Gate by Linda Woolford


If you weren't an artist, what do you think you would like to be?
I'm afraid there would be many other lives I would have liked to explored, Sports, equestrian and athletics, therapy rehabilitation for animals, maybe an author, and although not possible, a time traveler would still be a fun occupation.

Where can we find you online?

Artwolf on Etsy

Pyewacketts on Etsy

Online Blogs...................
The Briar Rose Gate

Pyewacketts

Poppy's Its a Dogs Life

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New Studio


I moved my new studio this week to a larger room in the house, so now I can look out the window into the front garden from my desk, and stretch out my arms without touching anything.... a big improvement. Complete in my new studio is this brilliant wall-o-storage. Floor to ceiling packing supplies and art supplies all in easy reach (for the most part). I can finally see my work table clearing to make room for art.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hi Wire Bird & FAQs


I have been making these wire birds over ten years now. Recently I started adding words, like "hi".



Here I've answered some of the most frequently asked questions about these birds-

What wire do you use?
I use mostly annealed anchor wire, sometimes called stovepipe wire or fence wire. But I can use any sort of wire and have made them from copper, brass, aluminum, steel and coated electrical wire.

How do you make them?

I start at the beak usually. Each bird is one continuous strand of wire, and the only tools I use is a pair of pliers. I liken it to drawing in three dimensions, I sort of scribble in space the lines of a bird until I have one standing in front of me.

Do they stand on their own?
Yes, they are free standing and 3 dimensional.

Can you teach me/ show me how to make them?
No, but here is a video of me making one.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Some Other Etsy Bunnies

Etsy has a lot of great bunny items, looking through my favorites, I was surprised how many had sold. Here's a small handful, I will post more as I find them...

I am a sucker for Dutch rabbits, here is a cutie by HazelFisherCreations.etsy.com


I love Amber's paintings, especially the watercolors, but this one is a bit darker and more evocative than some of her other pieces.


Find more of her art at amberalexander.etsy.com

And finally, this little cutie by mudstuff.etsy.com would look great sitting in a flower pot in my garden.



Minor rant:
ETA: This post has been edited to remove an image by another artist who did not want their work on this blog. Although I wholeheartedly respect an artist's right to their work, I also think it's pretty stupid to even want a simple *link* to their shop where you can see and buy it! If you don't want to sell your art, don't post it on the internet! /end rant.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Glass Tile Bunny Pendants


There are tutorials all over the internet on how to make these simple, yet beautiful glass tile pendants. I had been selling my digital collage sheets of some of my artwork on Etsy for awhile, and I thought it would be fun to give it a try. The supplies were easy to find on Etsy, and I picked some of my favorite bunny images not otherwise available on the digital sheets and gave it a whirl. With a few less than perfect attempts, I finally created a handful of these fun bunny pendants.

In addition to the bunnies, I hope to continue to experiment and make more one of a kind pendants like this one I made from an original a watercolor painting.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Horse Dancer


New mixed media sculpture.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dancing on the Valentine


I have donated this painting to the annual DANCING ON THE VALENTINE benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services.

For the 5th anniversary of the benefit, Dancing on the Valentine will include an art show and auction in addition to the musical event. Love and Loss was selected as the theme of the first Dancing on the Valentine in 2004. It was chosen to reflect the universal and timeless experiences of love and loss.

The show will hang during the month of February at the Hazlewood in Ballard. A silent auction will be held through the Facebook page. All proceeds from art sales will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Hazelwood
2311 NW Market St
(between N 24th Ave & N Ballard Ave)
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 783-0478

The Dancing on the Valentine
Concert will be held the day before Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 13th, 2010 at The Crocodile in Seattle.

More about Dancing on the Valentine can be found on this website
www.dancingonthevalentine.com

Be sure to check out the Facebook page as well and become a fan
Dancing on the Valentine Facebook Fan Page.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Painting, and Stuff


A new painting based on a dream (not unlike "Crossing the Lake"). I seem to have a lot of bunny dreams where things are floating in water. Must be all the rain we have been having in Seattle lately.

I haven't been doing much art, I feel like I should apologize to my faithful viewers. I have taken a few steps back from the drawing board, and am working on a book that has been rattling around in my head for the past ten years or so. And no, it's not about rabbits. But fear not, the little white rabbit and friends will return often, as there is no end to the mischief they get up to. It just might not be as frequent as in previous years.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Custom Bunny



This is a portrait of Mithril, a lovely lop.