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Sunday, May 31, 2009


The very focused, very willful stare down of the own dal is VERY adept at it...and in the case of my model Rigby... absolutely makes you an offer you just can't refuse.
Below is the start and this pic is the finish. The painting is SOLD!

This bottom image is the first pass or rough beginning.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

FIRST LOOK! Just Another Day In Paradise


oil on canvas
I can't begin to tell you how vibrant this is in real life. But...the white tones it right down.
The title tells the story...this dal is living life large...she knows the rest of the Dalmatian Population might not be so lucky so she advocates to help homeless Dalmatians everywhere.
Lizzie has been loved desperately since before she was born. You don't get luckier than that in this life.
Inspired by Lizzie on her lounge chair.
BUYER's CHOICE of 20% donation to help the charity helping dals.
free shipping
gallery wrapped sides 3/4 in can be left unframed

Monday, May 25, 2009

You've Been Served - FIRST LOOK

SOLD the subtitle of this piece the latest and possibly the greatest in the Big Cat series.
I saved the King of the Cats for last. The canvas is 12 x 12 with staple free sides.
I will tell you painting is riveting and I am the one painting it! It has this hypnotic elemental feeling that you are just drawn into.
This is one painting that if it doesn't sell to help homeless animals I will keep happily and I will make a donation to a rescue.

It is a WORK IN PROGRESS and not yet completed but I was so happy with it I thought I would share.
It is amazing being an artist! even to me...stay tuned.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

On The Easel ... coming soon for Bristol Animal Shelter

"Our Differences Make Us Who We Are"
oil on canvas

This is a new piece that I have started for Bristol Animal Shelter in Bristol RI.

This was one of their beautiful cats named Duet. I was given permission to use some of their adoptible pet images for paintings that will help the shelter. As I was scrolling through my reference files today I came across the image that suggested the painting. A white cat with one yellow and one blue eye. The title came to me before the paint was on the canvas....Stay tuned for the finish...

and support your local shelter!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

White Tiger - Big Cat Series #5 - Carol Chretien

oil on gallery wrapped canvas
#5 in the series. All previous paintings have sold to help rescue.
I had the pleasure of seeing these animals in Miami's Metro Zoo. Amazing cats.
This painting will benefit TABBY's PLACE CAT SANCTUARY when sold
20% goes to the rescue.



Wednesday, May 20, 2009

First Look! Sun Catcher - white rose

Sunlight and glow is what this painting is all about. 10x10 on the easel
just a touch or two and it is done. It will be posted on my website for sale with a % going to animal rescue.

Sun Catcher
oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Best Time of My Day - FIRST LOOK!

oil on canvas
Carol Chretien
Anyone who knows a Dalmatian KNOWS this expression...this is the "listening to my Dad's footsteps coming home" and after that very still explosion of pure dal exuberance and welcome.
I have not painted many dals recently as there have been other artists doing wonderful paintings of my favorite breed and it was getting to be too much of the same.
My good artist friend Vernita Bridges-Hoyt recently finished a Dalmatian in landscape that blew me away and if my walls were not well covered in my own Dal collection I would be buying that new one of hers! YIKES!
(but I confess I do have one of her Dal puppy oils in my studio to inspire me!)
So...I broke out this little piece of Spotted love on my easel to get me in the Dalmatian Painting mode in preparation for a couple of Dalmatian Commissions and get my head and hand back into the Spotted Zone.
it will help DRTB when it is sold
They Rock!
One of my very favorite groups who do so much for so many!
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009



Featured 5-21-09

on the DAILY PAINTER's GALLERY representing


listed for sale with a portion donated to rescue.
UPDATE: decided this one was for
20% to the charity
here is the auction link!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Twit, Tweet, Type, Chat, Chatter, Blog


So many people with so many things to say...who is reading? who is Listening? I never know...we just send it off into the ether.

I am not so found of hearing myself blather and enjoy reading interesting things others want to share...but I will be honest...I love looking at art better!

It speaks for itself. It is what it can you.

Sometimes it has a lot to communicate and sometimes not.

I try to find some emotion in the making of art. I admit it doesn't matter to me what the subject is...there have been times making a piece of work is about the challenge of the see if I can pull off a representational feat.

I can. I have the ability to produce an effect, be it water, glass, human, animal, vegetable, effect.

Ok, that being done, the object of my deep affection for the medium of oils brings me to find the emotional aspect of the stroke, the color, value, tones, passages, serendipity, lines, form, construction, juxtapositions, inconsistancies, spaces, memories, old news, innovations, questions, answers, yadda yadda. A reason to paint beyond what the medium teaches me, beyond trying to create something from tubes of color smeared around on cloth.

And in the end the hope of a connection made from me to you...from the two dimensional paint, cloth, and ideas that I call my art, that will carry you someplace for a moment or longer maybe. A connection that will have a life of its own.

Stay tuned....

Friday, May 08, 2009

Listings and Musings

A week of May is already hard to keep up. I have relisted a few pieces on Ebay as
FIXED Price listings...NO BIDDING ...if you see it and you want it.

I have maintained my 20% donations in my is difficult to let go of that when it goes to the animals. I pay out fees and more fees but the donations remain the same.

I hope to keep that level of helping up and as anyone who can do the math can figure my profits are modest at best. I don't even want to think about what supplies cost etc...
So if you are supporting rescue and still want to have a nice piece of original art at more than reasonable prices KNOWING your collecting is actually helping ...please view and purchase what you are drawn to.
I am going to keep painting regardless of sales is what I NEED to is wonderful when the work helps others...that is my passion and purpose in life.

Remember my site when you are thinking about those hard to get gifts for your family and friends if they have an interest in oil paintings or art and enjoy some of the subject matter of mine which I try to keep varied.
thanks for looking and all your support of homeless animals.
(Below is the latest piece for rescue!)

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Sometimes it is just fun!


I am closing in on the finish and will be offering this painting to help rescue soon.

What a week I have had in the studio....all sorts of paintings started and that is always great for me because one idea usually breeds many others.

This painting is maybe the start of a little series. It has been suggested to me that this might be a fun little nursery piece of art. Well my dalmatian Lizzie has a nice cache of toys to choose from...I may have to find some colorful stuffies to paint.

A few more touches and this one is done. I am taking it a little slower to add the details I enjoy
My Happy Pig painting and the Bunny in the Hosta painting are up on eBay...My Emmi painting is still available "Catching Butterflies" but I am in no hurry to part with it. In fact, it may become part of my permanent collection...the more I look at it in my studio the more I want to keep that one.
Much more to come....Finishing up my White in-progress oil, a Rainbow Bridge series painting and another chapter in the Cat & Mouse-Toy Tales series that is swirling around trying to take form in my imagination.

Stay tuned....