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Sunday, August 29, 2010

New Work In Progress - Dacshund Art

This new oil will be offered to assist dachshund rescue. It is my first holiday themed piece of the season. Pam's Oscar is my model and her images of him are used with permission to help inspire me with ideas to assist raising funds for rescue groups.
In this piece I am concentrating on the eyes and the reflected light.
Thanks for looking and comeback and see the finish soon!
Painting to help homeless animals with all the passion I can paint with.
Inqueries welcome anytime and commissions accepted.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Portrait in Oils

oil portrait on canvas
In a recent commission I was asked about doing a portrait of a Bichon named Monique who had passed on a few years ago. They now have Patrick in their lives.
After some discussion they decided to have them together in a painting as one keepsake piece of fine art.
The oil portrait above is the result of the commission.
Monique was a sweetie with a loving personality and is greatly missed. They always adorned her with ribbons or flowers and she was the light of their lives.
Patrick is a lively youngster with a large personality and penchant for letting you know he is the Prince of their castle.
My goal in this piece was to try to distinguish the difference between the two and this was achieved by placing Monique behind Patrick, using her sweet expression and open look in her face while giving Patrick the spotlight, the side glance of mischief that might be brewing and a jaunty tie.
There is a challenge in painting solid colored pets. It is a matter of looking for colors and definition to their coats and to making the most of their eyes to convey life. It is one of the best parts of painting animals for me.
If you are thinking about gifting art this holiday season or wish to consult me about a commission for yourself of your own pet...
please contact me at
All my commissions also provide donations to rescue.
Thanks for supporting the work of non-profit rescues with a purchase of fine art that helps animals.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Gracious Welcome Home


A Gracious Welcome
Carol Chretien
oil on gallery wrapped canvas
You know from previous paintings and previous posts that this expresses my vision of the welcome home once they have crossed the Bridge.
I believe in the Divine Benevolence that animals must be received with when they cross the Rainbow Bridge.
It was difficult to get the accurate colors in the images...They are a bit more vibrant with much depth and texture. I added extra images to try to show the detail.
If this painting resonates with you and you want to add it to your collection then please contact me at
donation to
Dalmatian Rescue of Tampa Bay.
to see the Dalmatians available and the great work being done there.
Thanks for supporting the work of rescue.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The way it all works...

....Inspiration....your names are Annie and Oscar!
Annie (above) photo by Pam

Oscar (photo by Pam)

Yesterday afternoon after painting all day (on a commission and a piece for rescue) I sat and thought ....What will I work on next?

I stared at a blank canvas, I went through some of my old photos for inspiration and that just brought me to a trip down memory lane.
I spent over an hour totally lost in time. I looked back 20 or 30 yrs at people I love who have passed, at people who have aged...even my husband...I looked at images of our former pets and our current two, Lizzie and Emmi who are 12 and 17 respectively. Lizzie turns officially 12 in less than 2 weeks! Where does all the time go?

When I put the cover back on the box and realized I was back in 2010 it was such a sad feeling. I smothered our Lizzie with hugs and kisses (because she really loves this) and went off to make tea and cookies...we shared a cookie "party" and I felt resigned and better. I even added it to my facebook status. If that doesn't smack you with "2010" what will? LOL!

But then came today and the Muse was just waiting...I was working online and I stopped by Facebook and see my friend Pam's photos of her fabulous dachshund Oscar and one of Annie the beagle and I am instantly INSPIRED!

Pam always generously allows me to use her wonderful images to inspire paintings that help rescue and I am so anxious to work up the immediate visions I see when looking at these two faces.

They will be my first Christmas paintings for rescue this year.

A shout out to Pam for being such a great rescue worker.

She has helped get many beagles and others into good homes matching up families with the right pet. Pam has inspired some of my favorite paintings with the loan of her terrific photography.

Thanks Again ...PAM!
Come back in a little while and see where this inspiration takes us!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Inspired by Dusty ...Wait, Love, Pray...For a Home!

oil on canvas
Painting for
where you can adopt the inspiration for this painting!
20% of the sale goes directly to the rescue.

Dusty is in foster care and is available !!!!
for information.

and if you want to purchase the painting email me:
a lovely way to add fine art to your collection of dalmatian art while helping rescue!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rainbow Bridge Art...WIP

This close crop view of the newest painting on the easel is my vision of HOW our beloveds are greeted when they cross the Bridge.
This new piece will benefit Dalmatian Rescue when sold, 20% of the sale will go directly to the charity.
If you would like to reserve this painting before it is offered online in a
Gallery, please email me for details and how to purchase.
I will mark the painting RESERVED
It will be posted as SOLD when the finished piece is shown online.
Thanks for following along and helping homeless animals with fine art.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

And the Winner Is.....

This year's winning custom portrait for charity was
painted to help raise funds for the
Lincoln D Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Abe spends his time with his family between MA and FLA
He is a lovable and well loved little Scottie and it was my pleasure to paint him for this worthy cause.
The scholarship serves students from the Middleboro MA school system where Mr. Lynch was an educator and the Superintendent of schools for many years.
This was the second annual Charity Golf Event for the scholarship fundraiser in his name. Allendale Country Club held the event in Dartmouth Ma.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Back to Basics

In the beginning I painted Dalmatians to help Dals in need and today I am beginning the return to help Dalmatian Rescue of Tampa Bay.
This new painting just started today is a work in progress (WIP) inspired by one of their Dal Mixes named Dusty.
Sharing a couple of images in close crop format.
I start with basic lines to place the composition, I go right to the eyes to begin the connection to the painting for myself.
It seems more than a two dimensional exercise when the subjects eyes are watching you paint.

More to come and thanks for looking.
Please support your favorite rescues with a donation if you can. Many animals are being needlessly destroyed in this economy.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Wild Woman ...Completed

oil on gallery wrapped canvas
The sides of this canvas are painted for a contemporary feel
and can be displayed without frame.
Painted in my own realistic style with a touch of impressionism for flow.
I enjoyed painting the light in this piece and when sold it will give 20% of the sale to
the non-profit rescue of your choice.
A wonderful gift of art for the gardener in your life while gifting to an animal in need!
Please pass this link on to anyone who may enjoy floral art.
email to purchase.
This painting will be featured in support of
Daily Painters Gallery

Sunday, August 01, 2010

I'm BAAAAACK!!!!! Oh happy day!

Well I am so very happy to make it official and say I am back to work again!
It has been an awesome weekend of painting for me. What a great start. I always wonder when I have been away from it for awhile how hard will it be to pick up again from where I left things. I used to be afraid I would forget "how" to paint. Each time I have come back better for taking the break. It always surprises me and humbles me when it works out.
First of all, the weather was perfect to have all the windows open, no fans or a/c needed and just great light all the way around.
Below is the second pass of this new painting:
"WILD WOMAN" is the title of this piece.
Very fluid piece of painting. All about the light as usual. It is so much fun painting the effects of light that create drama and hopefully draw you in.

oil on canvas
email to reserve this painting.
20% of the sale will help a rescue
I have several other things on the easel that are commissions and a very rough start to a Rainbow Bridge inspired painting. Will be posting updates soon.
Thanks for looking.