Saturday, December 26, 2009

Just finished a watercolor painting of a Mau Cat

It's so great having the time off to devote to my art - here's one I finished this morning...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thank you for the Christmas donations!

Thanks to the generous donations of Rachel's Studio patrons, who raised over $700, needy children had a great Christmas! Here is the room where I sorted all the presents. Thank you to all who helped.

The families I serve through the schools as a school social worker have needs all year long. If you would like to donate, I've placed a paypal button at the upper right corner of my blog. For every increment of $5 you donate, you will be entered in a drawing for a commissioned painting. When I raise $500, I'll have the drawing. Thank you for your generous donations and prayers!

"Boxer Baby" done!

I'm enjoying my time off - it means time to paint some art! I finished this painting this morning. This is a boxer puppy dog that was featured in my recent photo contest. Although he didn't win, I couldn't resist painting him. Can you blame me?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Donations for Needy Children

Hello all - I'm sorry I haven't been around - I've been putting all my energy into the Christmas for needy families for my 'other' job : ) Thanks to the VERY generous donations of you, my patrons, who donated over $600, we had some very tearful thank-yous at Christmas pick up yesterday. For those of you who helped and offered prayers, thank you so much! It really made a difference for families. For those of you who would like to donate to help my needy families through out the year, click on the donate button at the upper right hand corner of this blog. Those who donate will have their name put in for a drawing for a painting. For each incremement of $5, your name will be entered. So, if you donate $15, your name will be entered three times, and you'll have a higher chance of winning! After $500 has been raised, I'll do a drawing. Families often come to me because their lights are about to be turned out, or perhaps a single mother has no clothes to interview in (a problem I have now), or they can't afford gas money for their basic needs. (Many of my families live miles away from town). The largest victims of poverty are the innocent children, and it's such an honor to be able to help!

And now for the winner of the last poll...Congratulations Melissa!

If you would like to enter the next poll - post your photos on my yahoo group or my Facebook group. The next poll will start in January after I've had a chance to catch up on my paintings! Thanks to some VERY generous donations, I have several paintings I owe donors!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Painting "Siamese Bouquet"

Here's the painting for one of the recent poll winners...

Click Here to see it on Etsy

If you would like me to paint one of your photos, get them uploaded to the Facebook group in time for the next poll, which will probably be in about a week. I'm inundated with commissions right now!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Help Rachel's kids, get art!

As some of you may know, I am a school social worker. Every year, I organize Christmas donations for needy children. I will spare you their tear-jerking stories, but know that these are children I personally know, who have real needs. This year, I have not been able to cover 22 children. So I am reaching out to my online community. If you would like to donate, please click on the donate button on the upper right hand corner that says "donate". If you don't want to use paypal, I welcome checks. Just email me to coordinate this. Even if you can donate only a dollar, that would help enormously! Anyone who donates over $30 will get a print. Anyone who donates over $100 will get an original of their choosing done custom by me. 100% of the proceeds will go to the needy children I serve in my schools. If you are unable to give, I appreciate your thoughts and prayers, as I believe in the power of those. Please do not feel guilty if you are unable to give for whatever reason. Each of us have a purpose, and if your heart and ability combine to motivate you to help, do so with gladness. Thank you!!!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

What should Rachel Paint next??

What should Rachel of paint next?

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Congratulations Laura - your gorgeous dog won! I'll be painting your dog and will send you a free print when it's done. You'll also have first dibs on the original.

Now it's time to vote on the next set of gorgeous pictures members uploaded to either Yahoo or Facebook. If you want me to paint one of your pictures, submit it to Yahoo or Facebook. I'll have another contest in mid December.