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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Season and Spirit of Love

in this season of light and caring and Spirit
I wish you a joyous
the painting above is just completed and has been presented to the
giftee by family and a good friend.
I think it conveys a love that trandsends ....
a donation was made to help
Willing Hearts Dalmatian Rescue.
see you in the
New Year
all my best,
Carol Chretien

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

DECEMBER in Full Swing!

I don't know about anyone else but I think time is in warp-speed mode this month.

Just a quick message about the new page on my site....


this is pretty self-explanatory

please visit and keep it in mind when you are trying to come up with that great suprise. get back to that SEASONAL activity we are all behind on!
see you soon!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving Wishes

Just a quick pop in to say I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones and enjoy the day that we have officially nominated as a time for GIVING THANKS for all our blessings.

It is easy to forget we have so many when we see the daily news and how the economy is so frightening.

We don't how what is coming ...well, we never really do even when times are easy!

It is a great time to subscribe to the idea that when things are unsettled it is an OPPORTUNITY to take stock.

I have more blessings in my plus column than I will ever have in the negative side.

Has nothing to do with money....the only riches I truly possess are the ones I carry inside.

Has everything to do with sharing love and helping others.

Please look at all you have and see the gold there.

Share what you can with family and help those in need (especially the animals who only have us!)

Make the day one of potential and possibilities.

Practice good Karmic principles.

Give thanks.

Enjoy the holiday!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Prayers Come to Us On Angels Wings - NEW!

new and will be offered soon for rescue
this image was inspired by a photograph of an angel statue used with permission.
The photo offered the idea.
Thanks, Alenka!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Spotted in the Park.

"The Finishing Touch"
Listed this one on Ebay:
Liver spotted and a Black spotted Dalmatian play in the city park at dusk decorating their Snowman.
A whimsical painting in oil.
This painting is part of the 14 paintings challenge for rescue.
I have a few of them still listed on EBAY and some have sold. A couple more to go and I will have met the creative challenge of painting for the Holidays at Art Helping Animals!
Today the Halloween painting is featured on
THE DAILY PAINTER's GALLERY as I represent AHA for Thursday.
Wishing everyone a safe and fun Halloween. CHOCOLATE FOR YOUR DOG!

Monday, October 27, 2008

First Look...The lastest in Halloween fun!

Below is the collage of what I have painted so far for the Holiday Painting Challenge...
some have already sold and some are listed for work is still on the easel.
The second image is new on Ebay.... for the Halloween Art collectors or those who just love art that is FUN!
Detail of newest listing!
"Midnight Madness"

live auction!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Rainbow Bridge Series of Angels & Animals

In Progress and Cominging Soon!
as part of the
Holiday Painting Challenge.
stay tuned for newest work and info.

Monday, October 13, 2008

FIRST LOOK! what's coming.

Maximus Christmas

Autumn Caper

Two new oils coming soon.

True Blue Rescue and Malibu Pet Companions

will benefit from these sales

Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

October and art news

So much to share and Lots of events on the horizon...
Dalmatian Rescue of Tampa Bay hosts annual Dal-o-ween event:
Our annual DRTB Dalloween picnic is approaching fast! MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH from 10am to 2pm. We hope to see alot of our rescued Dals and make some new friends too.
Start getting those Dal costumes ready, practicing those Dal tricks....we're gonna have lots of fun for humans and dogs alike! HINT: games to practice for include Bone Bob, Popcorn Toss, Pumpkin Dash, and Karaoke Howling.
For questions or to help, please email or See you soon!
BONES Annual BEAGLE BASH... October event...see their web site
for more details
HELPING PAWS online exhibit...coming this month to CANINE ART GUILD!
see the site for the show.
I will have 3 pieces for sale with donations helping:
more info and art to come!

Just completed the September ART HELPING ANIMALS painting for our charities challenge.

14 paintings completed ...7 SOLD with 20% of the sales donated to rescue, 1 sale pending and 6 paintings from that challenge still available!
the Art Helping Animals 3 month painting challenge has just begun...
stay tuned!
pass the links along to those who love helping animals

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

In the Pink

IN THE PINK...a work in progress... piece on the easel that is part of an artist challenge at
Art Helping Animals. We are painting this whole month for all our favorite rescues.
This will be done and offered soon to help homeless animals.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Studio time...Paintings in the works.

The end of the day....
my corner above... and below, is Emmi's spot, my little companion cat!

Just a quick note to tell you that the studio will be hoping next week!

Many new things are coming for Autumn and the holidays.
Stay is all good!
Special thanks...
Thanks so much to the collectors of the recent paintings sold this week...
you help me help animals waiting their turn for
a wonder life!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Beach Combers - FIRST LOOK! from the easel

A little preview of the next dalmatian painting that sits on the easel awaiting some finishing touches.
This painting will be offered soon for Save the Dals rescue, an Art Helping Animals supported
This is a bright little oil with two inquisitive young dals combing the beach for treasures.

Stay Tuned!
on the way is another Rainbow Bridge piece that is coming soon.
thanks for visiting.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Cat & Toy Mouse Tales: The Story Teller

just coming off the easel...

What fun!
Emmi has a toy mouse that is so sparked a plan to paint a little story
"Cat & Mouse-toy Tales: The Story Teller"
8x10 on canvas
coming soon to Ebay for
Malibu Pet Companions
more to come
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

September once again....

The light of Autumn is coming fast!
( Detail)
Carol Chretien
About the Painting:
I painted this in glowing light of high noon of my front porch pumpkin.
I was capitvated by the glowing light and sharp detail.
It is a large painting and it is offered unframed.
It remains one of my favorite to paint works.
This painting is offered for the very first time ever, painted several years ago
the painting will be listed Thursday on
and the
Art Helping Animals Art Blog.
As always, it will have a percentage offered to rescue.
If interested just email.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Jumping off the deep end....

...and hoping you can swim!

well at least in a pool you don't have far to go to reach the side or the ladder.
New just off the easel is this little abstract. I wasn't sure where I was going with the piece but then it told me the title and I'm sticking with it.
"Stormy Weather" is now listed on Ebay with 20% to the Northern Rockies Regional branch of the Humane Society.Stormy Weather abstract new CHRETIEN HSUS NRRO oil - eBay (item 110282316768 end time Aug-29-08 02:54:43 PDT)
Dave does the good heartfelt work can read about his exploits on the ART HELPING ANIMALS news Blog.Art Helping Animals News
I recently "stepped back" from the edge of the pool, so to speak, to take a little time from the harried pace of painting I had whipped myself into.
It feels good. "Vacation" does not ever seem to exist in my vocabulary or daily life. And even the words "stepping back" just don't seem to pack a full punch...I have 6 pieces of new work in various stages of completion in the studio. That is like an inside joke among my brushes. I think they are laughing at me.
Anyway... my pace is more leisurely as I work on some new things and dream of what is to come out of the end of this "laid back" period.
Sometimes even the artist is the spectator too.
Stay tuned...more to come.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tribute to a Lady

Always a Lady...
well not exactly in the beginning.
Lady was brought home to my Mother-in-law as a 6 months old puppy.
She was now going to be in her second "forever" home, taken from an adoption of a "shelter pets event" by my M-I-L's niece Eleanor as a birthday "gift"to her ...although, truth be told, she was really adding life to a home where my M-I-L was living alone after the passing of her husband and the more recent loss of her dog, Brandy.
Lady was a lanky mixed breed and we think a little bit kangaroo as she could spring straight up in the air and land on the back of the sofa. She was a wild child...and ALWAYS on the move.
She really filled the house with energy and was to become a real and true companion to my Mother-in-law.

Lady at 2 yrs
When my husband and I got our dalmatian puppy Lizzie, Lady was almost 2. She had grown tall and muscular. We always wondered what breed she was mixed with but there was never a clear answer looking at her.
My husband and I brought our 4 month old puppy to meet Lady who was completely thrilled to see Lizzie but it would take 2 visits before Lizzie was thrilled right back at her.
This is where Lady really shined. She was a very, very generous dog. As you can see in the photo below...Lizzie would take Lady's chewy bone right out of her mouth and lay down under her and munch away.
Lady never ever cared...she was just loving having dog company!
They ran through the house and roughed it up indoors and out until they were exhausted.
Lady could have Lizzie's whole head in her mouth and was as gentle as could be.
We visited with my husband's family always bringing Lizzie with us every other Saturday and for these dog buddies it was always great time.

When Lizzie was 2 yrs and Lady 4 a new friend was added to this pack. My husband's cousin Eleanor got a chocolate lab pup named Pebbles. She brought her to the visits every other Saturday and Lady was thrilled. Lizzie, not so much.
The dynamic of the 3 dog pack on these visiting weekends was Lizzie thought she was BOSS, Lady let her think so, Pebbles was the low man on the totem pole to Lizzie.
Lady would step in if she needed to break up Lizzie's bossiness. All in really worked out. They did get along well and it was good for them to have these dog days together.

Lady & Lizzie

This photo below was in 2004 at my Mother-In-Law's yard. When my M-I-L passed away unexpectedly 3 years ago Lady lived with my Brother-in-law and his wife (my M-I-L had her own apt with Lady at their house) and they gave her the comfort of staying in the place she knew and loved. It was such a hard loss for us all. Lady too. She was her loving constant companion.

Lady had a great life moving from "shelter dog" rescued from being homeless and unwanted to having a family and friends that made her life loving and fun. It was such a wonderful gift from Eleanor that helped a bit to fill the void in my M-I-L's life.

Below is a picture of the 3 Amigos in action.

This image below was a painting I did of Lady that was in an exhibit of Animal Art at the Fall River Art Association. I have painted her several times for charity.

Last weekend Lady went to the Rainbow Bridge and hopefully she was reunited with her most M-I-L ... because the best of the best waits for us there, that is my belief.

It was my great pleasure to know her and love "Lady Bug."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Daily Painter...Art that helps animals...

...does not have to be only "animal art" as you can see if you have been following along with this blog and the work posted for sale on ART HELPING ANIMALS and my own site.

I also post my artwork twice weekly on The Daily Painter's Gallery site and the work is not always animal themed...but if and when sold, homeless animals will benefit by a donated percentage of every sale of my work.
Most of my pieces sold to help rescues are very small pieces painted as quicker studies and made available for animal art collectors.
Many affordable small pieces have been painted and sold in the last few years with great success.

I have painted some larger and more involved oils that have hung in shows and exhibitions in galleries. The prices of those oils are reflective of the time that has gone into painting them, sometimes over weeks on the easel. They are painted on hand-stretched canvas with many layers of glazing to obtain the light that I aim to acheive that comes from within the painting.

Below is a painting that was done a few years ago, it is framed and has been hung in a regional art exhibit. It received an honorable mention in its category.
A Gathering in the Square
oil on canvas

It remains one of my favorite paintings for light and atmosphere and the way non-human objects can suggest their own story of what might be happening in their secret world.
At least that is my take on things or my point of view.

I have several paintings that I have rarely made public, this is one of them. It is available framed.
Please feel free to email me if interested. Visit my site for other work that is available. Links are found to the left.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Small works of Art series


as listed below in the blog.... I have started the new series of small 5x7 oils that are painted in simple quiet palettes that offer a reflective feel to bring the viewer, and hopefully the collector, into that space where a connection is made to the work presented.

The subjects are also kept to a minimal number and arrangement to allow a larger space in a smaller format.

The first two, WISHING ON THE MOON and CRYSTAL VISIONS are now listed on Ebay with 20% to the designated charity (as always) and they are either up for auction or at a buy now price.

A new piece in the series is coming soon....stay tuned.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

With a Crystal Vision

Just coming off the easel.
"Crystal Visions"
This is one of those little 5x7 simple pieces that hope to make you smile.
It will be offered for sale soon.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Point of View...with a Twist.

New England Curiosity Shoppe

Quiet Contemplation Sakonnet Point, Late Winter

POV....Everyone has their own when it comes to speaking about art. What is good art? What is bad art? The experts are always willing to tell you their point of view.

"Bad Art" itself has a following. There is a site somewhere in this online universe that is dedicated to Bad Art. "Good Art" or, maybe even, art that does some good is another point of view and probably encompasses both. Art is in the eye of the beholder when it is something you want to live with everyday.

I have written in the past of what success is to me and how people measure their successes.

I paint to express my interests in my own way, to tell a story or share a memory and... I paint hoping to sell my work to those who enjoy it. The "twist" is the where-with-all to do it on my own terms. That is where I feel most successful. I can make a 100% donation from the sale if my own heart feels the urge to do it for a particular cause. There have been some great causes and great sales that I have not profitted from other than to know it was the right thing to do at the time. I listen to my heart.

Recently I offered a cocker spaniel painting inspired by Dolly the blind cocker for the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England. It didn't sell...twice! ... even though it was offered at 100% donation. But all is not lost! It will be framed and shipped to the rescue as part of their annual fund raiser sale. It still becomes a win. Those who attend the yearly event will be on the lookout for art to purchase and the proceeds will definately help a cocker with medical issues and medical bills in the care of that rescue.

I feel blessed to have an ability to communicate with art and that when sold the work makes others a beneficiary of my time and creativity. Even small steps complete long journeys.

Small pieces and studies that I paint to help animals are naturally the ones that sell the easiest.

The twist is that ALL my work has a % donated to help animals waiting for their forever home.

Currently I have 50 paintings available on my web site ( examples above) some are big oils in frames some are very little pieces on board or canvas. The prices vary. The subjects vary. The buyers find what they like. The animals benefit.

My point of view on success as an artist is one continual doing.

You paint your heart on a canvas and hope someone falls for your vision. Your vision supports the good work of rescuers. You feel humbled and happy. It keeps you moving forward.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

In the Winner's Circle

( detail )



The latest piece of art that will soon be listed to assist an
supported rescue.
soon to be auctioned on Ebay.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Wishing on the Moon


this little 5x7 oil is on the easel along with several new pieces of still life.
visit for all available work.
thanks for looking in!

Monday, July 21, 2008

If you could read my mind......

My web site has new and older work available for sale ...over 45 paintings in a variety of sizes, subjects and price range, framed and unframed are listed there. Some are gallery paintings that were exhibited in juried shows and some have won awards for painting excellence.

Rescues caring for the ever increasing population of homeless pets are facing the same struggles with the economy as the rest of us. We will all be digging deeper this year with the cost of living rising every week. Buying art from ART HELPING ANIMALS artists is one way to be sure rescue gets a donation but... you can also directly help at your own local shelter!

As an artist, I am happy to help through art. My donations range from 20% to 100% with every sale and also include donations of art and prints of past work for charity auctions.

ART HELPING ANIMALS artists have donated over $ 50,000.00 to rescue in 2.5 yrs!

If you are planning to purchase animal art or other pieces of art and my work interests you...please feel confident that a homeless animal will also benefit from the sale.
Thanks for all the support in the past and I look forward to providing new pieces for rescue in the future as well.


Just off the easel and newly available on Ebay.
Emmi, my studio cat companion, models for
20% to the rescue.
other new work is now on ebay!
and see all my listings while there

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beauty Spots

latest painting on the easel
work in progress
coming soon to Ebay for rescue.
Lizzie was the model for this new work.
stay tuned!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Hello Dolly - First Look on the easel!

Work In Progress
Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England
This rescue recently contacted artists that help animals with art for their annual October Fund Raiser...The Joey Fund.
The idea is to help special needs cockers with their expensive medical care...thereby getting them healthy and rehabbed and ready for a new forever home.
the web site
DOLLY inspired the painting ...she is blind due to untreated diabetes and is awaiting surgery to remove cataracts.
She is only 5 or 6 yrs old.
This painting when done will be offered to help with 20% to the charity.
ON EBAY through Mission Fish.
coming soon ...stay tuned!
The painting for their October Fund Raiser of one of their adoptable dogs will be auctioned as a
100% donation.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Two Eggs Short of a Dozen

just listed on Ebay
this is the latest completed still life
a humorous title of a bright and light filled piece
the white eggs in sunlight made for a great glow.
follow the link on the right.
see what is available
on Ebay
and my site.
20% to rescue as always.

Monday, July 07, 2008

New On the Easel - July

On the easel:

"Eggs Are On The Menu"
new oil full of light

July 4th was a fun holiday hope everyone had a safe time.

Recently finished the intital paintings for the TABBY's PLACE promo for rescues in our Art Helping Animals fellowship.
They are listing on Ebay. We have a great selection of art for that rescue. It runs for 2months and the You Tube video is great.

I have some new still life almost ready to list for sale with a portion to rescue.
They are still life oils.
Hope to finish them soon.
Updating my web site with available work. Still playing catch up with work but I can see the light much better ....there are snow flakes in the forcast! HA HA HA!
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I love New York.... to paint especially!

UPDATE!: this painting has sold

just off the easel...
This little 8x10 oil on board was inspired by one of my snap shots taken on a past trip to the big apple.
I find that I love painting city scenes...they are more impressionistic in style, looser for me and more fun to add bits and pieces of color and information.
This painting is offered to assist the Northern Rockies Regional Office of the Humane Society and can be found on Ebay.
When you paint this type of subject or any scene really you don't realize how you become part of the location while you are painting...I lose myself in the artwork as I paint ANYTHING but when it is a landscape or cityscape you really are inside the scene until you put the brush down. At least that is how it is for this artist. It makes traveling in the studio something defying time and space.
A new city scene is in the works and on the easel.
Coming Soon...stay tuned!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Cat & Roses - First Look - On the Easel

UPDATE! this painting has sold to help Tabby's Place!
This has been a busy painting weekend which is fine with
After a strange week...the full moon probably helped that
out a got down to 2 days to concentrate on painting.

This new oil that sits on the easel is a work in progress that is inspired by the idea of "shabby chic"...the soft colors and the full blown roses...this painting comes from my muse to the canvas. One of those paintings that is swirling about in the back of your mind whispering to you to "paint me!"

So I did...I started it today. It was so enjoyable to watch it come out of my head and through the brush onto the canvas board.

It will be offered for sale soon with a percentage to charity.
There are a few other things coming along too, still life and some new Dalmatian paintings.

Check back later....and enjoy what is left of the weekend!
peace and cheers!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Saluki art for STOLA

Sun Beams
is a new work just off the easel and listed on ebay to assist
they rehome homeless Salukis
and educate about the breed.
Mystery and Bunter were the two graceful models who are seen here together, best friends enjoying the comfort of a sunny spot.
20% to the rescue!

Thursday, June 12, 2008


coming soon to auction
contemporary style on 1.5 in deep gallery wrapped canvas.
the painting continues on the sides no frame is needed.
White Peony
a real challenge to paint! makes a rose seem easy.
this is so much fun painting white is always about finding the colors and nuances.
What struck me about this blossom was the tumble of petals that reminded me of
waves on the shore.
I have enjoyed painting these latest floral pieces.
The painting is inspired by the images provided by
references for artists.
as always a % will benefit animals in need when sold.

Monday, June 09, 2008

And there was [sun] Light!

I complained about the gray dampness so now it is in the 90's
and SUNNY!
and the a/c is cranking.
Watch what you ask for!
Speaking of light ...this new oil is a Work-In-Progress and a...
Two Salukis are on the couch in a really comfortable sunny spot of light.
It will be offered for STOLA
the Saluki Tree of Life Alliance, a rescue that helps place these sight hounds in good homes and educates people about them.
For me it is a new subject and painting light is always a pleasure.
It will be posted on Ebay for sale when done.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Waiting for Sunshine! argh!

...yes....that is what I am doing...we have had so many gray days it is on the verge of annoying when it comes to getting some good photos of the work!

"Brownstone Kitty, Catching a Breeze"
new oil
coming soon for rescue
SOLD 6/13
One of my favorite masters is Edward Hopper...his city scenes from life in the 1940's are among my most favorite work of all time. Not that this is anywhere near a Hopper but it is a tip of my beret to him.
When the sunlight comes back to New England I will get a decent image of this work for listing.
New work is coming and lots of new work for Tabby's Place is on the way for JULY1st when we start the new focus on rescue from the artists at Art Helping Animals!

I have been busy in the studio and working on a variety of subject matter.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

It is All About the Light - florals in oil paint

The work in this post today is about how I handle the challenge of painting light in oils in glazes.
I needed to start a different series apart from the animals allows me to get a fresh eye ready for the next series of animal subjects.
There are many cat paintings on the way to help Tabby's Place but in the mean time I wanted to get back to one of my favorite things...still life in glazes.
ALL the work I do has a charity donation attached to its sale.
Giving what I can to help is the underpinning of my work.
enjoy the images below!
white rose currently available on Ebay...painted to show the light through the petals
the translucent quality of glazing in oils.


a work in progress and on the easel.

This view of a white rose which is a symbol of spirituality is suggesting to me the look of an Angel.


SOLD and the first in the floral series. The low light in the last rays of the day cast blue light on this rose...the "star" among buds waiting for their day!

& Also ON THE EASEL...


From my 2007 garden images.... Working with light at high noon is the aim of this piece.

much more to come!

Please visit ART HELPING ANIMALS and my other links to the right!
Thanks so much for supporting animals in need with fine art!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

Oxymoron..."Happy Memorial Day!"

It is silly when you think of it.

I know it is the unofficial kick-off of "summertime" and good things ahead in this season...especially in New England when the warm weather gets set to arrive.

But we need to remember those not with us...those who have served others with the supreme sacrifice of their own lives.
Some on front lines, some behind the scenes...national, local, many gone before us.

And the personal losses too. Remember them all.

Send up some prayers and thanks for what they have given for us... those no longer with us ...but STILL WITH US.

It is a heart day.
So enjoy your loved ones near and the good times of being together and those gone on ahead lighting our way.
Remember and Love them all.
(painting above: "She Flies" copyright 2005 Carol Chretien)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A Real Trooper - on the easel for Tabby's Place

Miss Lillian
work in progress
This beautiful girl was the much loved "welcome wagon" cat of
TABBY'S PLACE Cat Sanctuary and Rescue.
In preparation for the summer art event as
shine the spotlight on their hospice and rescue work and how AHA helps with art...
I have started this portrait of Lillian
it will be auctioned at 100% donation to the rescue in July.
I will share her story and what she meant to the people and cats who knew her when the painting is listed.
My easel has been filled with many new cat paintings for this rescue
and it will be fun to share them all for summer.
The ART HELPING ANIMALS artists will be painting new pieces using some of the ADOPTABLE Tabby's Place Cats as their inspiration and their models...there are currently 84 in their care for adoption!...some really beautiful cats, some with special needs, some older, younger and of every color.
I have mentioned my Emmi, who is doing GREAT since her Thyroid crisis treatment, and I know how much I appreciate her every minute of her life...I hope the stories we share of the cats we paint and paint for will inspire adoptions, sponsorships and collection of great artwork that will benefit this rescue...
This "heads-up" is just a little preview of good things to come this summer
combining fine art with helping homeless animals.
I also want to welcome the link to the left of American Impressionist
we are sharing our art links with you!
he links us back to
Art Helping Animals on his site!