Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New poll - Vote!

Wow - you guys don't make it easy on me - there were so many great pictures to choose from for this poll! I hate that I can't include each and every one. If only I had ten of me I'd paint all of them!! Have fun voting!

What will be the next rachelsstudio.com painting?

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Congratulations Maryann!!!

Congratulions Maryann and Kuper, you won!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Buy Art, Support Haiti!

I think we've all been awed by the images we've been seeing from Haiti. Bid on this original and 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross, the main organization working to alleviate the suffering there. Click on the painting to go to the page on eBay.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

"The Secret" works!

I've been visualizing a lot about my art, and it is coming to fruition BIG TIME!!!! It's partly because I just went to America's Mart in Atlanta to show my work to art directors and art-related companies, but it's other things too -

- A magazine in the Ukraine is doing a full color article on me
- "Floored II" is going to be on the cover of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

"Floored II"

- I'm going to be featured in an art show in Chicago by a new company I met in Atlanta
- Two new local businesses in my area will be showing my work

All this is stirring my creative juices, I don't know where to start, literally! It's all very exciting and I feel like my art is going in new and exciting directions. I'd be remiss not to mention how much Andy Mathis' blog helped me - he is a vet who paints cats and dogs, and I've learned a lot from him. Check him out!

I also appreciate the continued support of 'my kids' through your donations. Last week, a girl needed money to rent a chorus dress. If she couldn't pay for the dress, she wouldn't be able to sing in the performance. So your contributions helped a lot! If you would like to donate, there is a button at the top right hand corner of my blog. For every $5 you donate, I'll enter your name to win a commission. When I've raised $500, I'll draw a name and announce the winner!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Rachel's next Watercolor Painting - You decide!

It's gonna be a tough one - you all have such wonderful pictures! I'm glad I don't have to decide ; ) If you want to participate in the next contest, join either my Yahoo or Facebook group and upload your best pictures. The winner gets a print of their finished painting and first dibs at the original.

Remember, I also have an ongoing donation drive, and for every five dollars you donate, your name gets entered in a drawing for me to paint an original 8 x 10 painting of one subject (one cat, dog, child etc) for you! The drawing will be held as soon as I raise $500. Proceeds go to help the needy families I serve as a school social worker. The donation button is at the top right of this blog.

What should Rachel of www.rachelsstudio.com paint next?

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New Watercolor Art Painting - Greyhound Portrait

Here is the most recent painting I finished from the Facebook Photo contest.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Still Life Watercolor Art Painting Featuring a Cardinal Bird

Here's something a little different - I've always loved nature, and I enjoy capturing the abstract patterns created by tree branches. I just finished this one this weekend. The original is available here.