This Pet Rescue painting is inspired by my cat Taco. If ever you could label a cat a “hippie cat” it would be Taco…she is all about peace and lovin’ everybody up. Taco is named Taco because she was found in a dumpster behind a taco joint. From the moment I brought her home she was a relaxed and happy cat…she loves to meet new people and pets and lives under the assumption that everyone wants to be her friend. When she needs it she has just the right amount of sass in her too.
Pet Rescue Art is my passion, it is how I can work at spreading the word about how important it is to rescue pets instead of purchasing them. Every day 8-10,000 healthy cats and dogs are killed in our country because they have no home, that works out to about six per minute. My husband and I purchased our first dogs many, many years ago…we just didn’t know how many animals were dying in shelters every day. My introduction to pet rescue was my lab Sparky…once Bret and I learned more about how many pets need rescue not only did we choose to rescue a house full of pets but we believe that sharing the rescue message will motivate people to choose to rescue vs. purchase animals like it did for us. Check out my Art Gallery to view other Pet Rescue paintings I have done.
This painting is available at my Shop where I have a variety of fun pet rescue themed paintings and gift items for the pet lover. If you are a rescue advocate consider following my blog…I blog about all things pet and pet rescue!
I leave you with a picture of our sweet Taco who inspired this painting.
Pet Rescue Art: Pawprints and hearts is what it’s all about!
They say that if we reflect on whatever it is that dominates our time tells it will tell us what we love the most. For myself and my husband our first love is our house full of rescued pets. When I sit down to paint it is very rare that it ever occurs to me to paint something that isn’t about pet rescue. I will never get rich painting pet rescue art but it is what comes from my heart and for me it is a way I can help animals that I cannot adopt myself.
In 2013 I made up my own definition of the word rescue and it has been creeping in to my art ever since. This is an acrylic painting that I recently finished. I wanted to make a colorful but simple way to highlight what rescue is all about; an action that brings great things to rescuer and rescuee. This acrylic on canvas is 20X16 and it is highly textured. The texture in the hearts is different than the texture of the paw print. I have been having a lot of fun with modeling paste lately; texture adds such nice richness to paintings and the changes in surface allow for really cool dry brush effects to add richness to colors.
When I paint on canvas I stick with a canvas that has at least a 1.5 inch mounting board. I like the space it affords me to wrap my paintings around the canvas. I might just be a simple girl but another favorite aspect of painting on mounted canvas is that my paintings do not need framing…the cost of framing is absurd these days!
This painting is for sale at my Shop. What do you think of this one?
Here are some other creations that have been born out of my rescue definition…I guess I am a bit stuck on this concept!
These are dog tag necklaces that I sell at my shop and have used for auction items at pet rescue events to raise money for homeless animals. They are always a hit at rescue events.
These ornaments were a ton of fun to make. I made them out of paper mache hearts that I covered with illustrations from Golden Books. I have a free tutorial on how I made these ornaments on my Craft Page. There is one set for sale at my Shop.
This is one of my handmade cards for celebrating pet adoption.
If you are a rescue advocate consider following my blog for rescue news, rescue inspired art and all sorts of pet gift and craft ideas…I love creating new things for the pets and pet lovers and sharing those ideas with others! My Craft Page is full of free tutorials and my ETSY shop is full of reasonably priced gifts for the pet lover.
This month I am launching a new line of cards. I am really excited about these because the sketches for them have been in the works for a long time. The line is called “Sparky says…” Sparky is my 16 year old lab, he is a very expressive and terribly funny dog. I have wanted to capture some of his personality in a creative way for awhile…these designs came about over time. All of the cards are my own pencil drawings of Sparky’s expressiveness. The line is going to be snarky…cards meant to make people laugh because Sparky has been making us laugh and smile for years. I will be posting new designs all month…I would love feedback (even if you think some of them are a bit too snarky). The first two cards are below.
The inside of this card reads; “The question is not whether or not our ideas are crazy…but are they crazy enough.”
The inside of this card reads: “Life is too short to act normal”
This is one of my original paintings. It is pastels on velvet paper. I usually add something dimensional to my paintings. In this case it is a bad boy spike collar on the dog (see angled picture below).