Sunday, April 25, 2010

New Landscape and Horse Art...

I recently went to the Aiken Steeplechase and took TONS of pictures - suffice it to say I was in hog heaven! Here's a little slice of life from that day - they do soundness checks to make sure the horses' legs and feet are sound - no gimpies allowed on the track! This is a small little painting, 6x6 inches and is available on my website

This is Lake Murray in Lexington, SC where I grew up. It's also home to what was once the world's longest earthen dam. You can see it in the painting in the background. I spent many happy summers on this lake! This is a 'sweet little nothings' painting weighing in at 3.5" x 5". The original is available on my website.

I almost forgot - the winners of the last photo contest are..

Congratulations Stacy and Christine! If you would like to enter the next contest, which will start in about two weeks, upload your photos to my facebook group.

Monday, April 19, 2010

New Landscape Forest Painting and story about Karin

Thank you to my friend Karin, who graciously lets me use her amazing pictures.

Thanks to Karin, I always have great things to paint, besides the gorgeous pics I get from my Facebook fans. I met Karin when I discovered her darling pictures of her kitties on I emailed her to ask permission to use her pictures, and we struck up a friendship. She lives in Switzerland and speaks five languages! I'm obsessed with travel, so of course, I was very impressed. Pluse, I've always wanted to see the Swiss Alps. When I told her I wanted to come visit her in Switzerland, she suggested we take a trip to Costa Rica instead. May be a little impulsive, but hey, I'm an artist! Two summers after that I finally got to meet her kitties in Zurich, Switzerland, that I've painted so many times. We also visited Rome and Florence. The kitties were still the highlight of the trip ; )

Here is a picture of her kitty holding me down...

I still can't believe I was there. But I was, here's proof...

and I WILL be back!

But, back to my painting...
I'm going to put this in McKissick Museum's annual gala fundraiser. I've been working on it for months, but I think it's finally done. Here's how it'll look framed...


Thank you, Karin, for adding so much to my life!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Your donations helped!

Thank you so much for donating to my students (I'm also a school social worker). Your donations helped buy a newly homeless family much needed necessities. If you would like to donate, click on the donate button in the upper right corner of this blog. For every $5 you donate, I'll enter your name in a drawing for a free painting. Once we get to $500, I'll complete the drawing and work with the winner on what they would like painted!

Photo Contest - Vote for Rachel's next painting!

Vote to determine what will be my next painting! If you would like to enter your photo in my photo contest, enter on my group on Facebook . If your photo wins you'll get a free print of the finished painting and first dibs at the original. Please keep in mind I can't paint copywrighted material, and if you enter your photo, you are giving me permission to use your image to paint. This poll will end next weekend, so get your votes in!!

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Paws for Charity

I'm participating in Paws for Charity again this year...

The Paws For Charity Art Book Project is a unique fundraiser that celebrates our love of pets, and raises funds for a human cause.

The 2010 Art Book is a compilation of artwork and photography of dogs and cats submitted by 65 artists and photographers in 7 countries.
All funds raised from the sale of these books are donated to The Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade, a registered charity with programs in over 50 countries. This charity also carries the Humane Charity Seal of Approval.

Details about Paws For Charity are available on the blog:

Tshirts, greeting cards, and wall calendars are also for sale with all proceeds donated to breast cancer charity.