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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

This & That ... summer re-runs!

Summer Re-Runs in Case You Missed
details of each painting is found in links below images.
Helping Rescues 100% Donations thru 2012

Available oil link below:

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Available oil link below:

oil on canvas
your choice of rescue receives donation!

oil on canvas
your choice of rescue receives donation!

Available oil link below:

Available oil link below:
Available oil link below:

Available Oil link below:

thanks for looking!

If you see something you like...Just email me to purchase:
Stay tuned!

Monday, June 25, 2012


10 yrs ago I "met" this DAL PAL, Jay Cannaday on the old AOL DALPALs message board...Jay has a huge heart and was fostering dogs and rehoming as many as his own home would allow long before it was fashionable. He has driven thousands of miles to help with transports and save dogs from many a kill shelter on hhis own dime.  Imagine if he could give those transports a real boost in this VAN pictured below?!
He did not ask me to blog this but I think we could go a long way to help him if you could VOTE daily and just share this story so the good guy could win for a change.
...everyone asks for votes on CUTE ANIMALS PICS ... Please VOTE for JAY and THE LONDON SANCTUARY and the really great work he does helping save the discarded and abused dogs from kill shelters. Please Read below!  Thanks in Advance.

PLEASE CLICK AND VOTE! TLS could SO use this van!

"Artist's rendering"... The London Sanctuary is vying to win a Chrysler Ram cargo van like this for use as a transport vehicle. I photoshopped in the TLS graphics as an incentive! Your votes... (daily!) can help them win, and it's easy. Just visit the link, click, and you're done. Oh, and SHARE too! This van would make rides to adoption events, the vet's office, and foster homes so much easier, plus would really help TLS's efforts to get dogs to and from other states. Jay Cannaday and the TLS volunteer pack thank you. VOTE HERE:


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Work In Progress...sneak peek...and a reminder!

Some Sunday work...
spent the morning dabbling in other media then finished the morning working on these two
both works in progress.

Ribbon Dancer

Tea & Fortunes

Questions, Comments or Reservations:

thanks for helping artists help animals

(Dancing Across the Bridge)
Carol Chretien

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Reason


Wading In
new oil on canvas
with 100% donation
(Meet Harrison below)
Today that is just what I did...I went wading into the story of a Dalmatian boy
who desperately needs help.
I was thinking about something the other day...I heard someone on TV say "There is a REASON why she is here in this life..." it was in reference to a very sad situation that the person has been born into, but the idea was that even in adversity there is a REASON for her being here greater than the difficulties.
I think there is a reason I can paint a bit. Why I was drawn to do came out of nowhere as these things do. It was an innate ability that I had from childhood. It was the way I was wired I guess. No one in my family had the interest or inclination to make art.
It's a nice past could do it quietly at home and never show it. You don't have to succeed or fail.  But there was a REASON for me to have this knack. I believe it was to use it in a way that made it so much more than itself. Art that helps. So you need to put it out there. And while I was never going to be a "master" or create world famous art I was going to find a way to do my art my own way and love it or leave it, use it to help animals in need. If a painting resonates with someone it ends up helping and that to me is success in spades!
So that brings me to this painting above.
I am offering it for sale with the entire amount going to help "HARRISON"
he is a Dalmatian that was found injured in Houston TX June 17th , put in a shelter and a message was sent out as "Urgent Medical Rescue Needed" it was for Rescue Only to spring him from the shelter and get him medical help.
Expensive medical help as Harrison has multiple fractures in his pelvis and a dislocated hip.
He was pulled from that shelter by someone who helps rescue but is NOT "a rescue" so he was given help by DALMATIAN RESCUE of SOUTHERN FLORIDA. They helped make arrangements to champion this dog's cause and get him some funding to help with his upcoming surgery.
Many hands can make miracles happen.
DRSF has set up a CHIP-IN to help him. If everyone could donate the price of a cup of fancy coffee or ANY amount they can afford it would help with this vet expense.
Or it can be sent directly to the vet.
Information is all on the Dalmatian Rescue Site.
Please pass this info on to anyone who might be interested in helping.


I am in Massachusetts, Harrison and his main rescuer Shelby (bless you!) are in Texas, The Dal rescue is in Florida...It doesn't matter where you are located, we are all in the same place when we stand together heart-to-heart.
if you want to contact me to reserve the painting
to simply make a Chip-In donation

Sunday, June 17, 2012

When the sun shines....I paint!

Simply Asian Apple-Pears
oil on canvas panel
These Apple-Pears were absolutely delicious.
There is nothing like them.
The best of both worlds.

Courtyard Cats
oil on hardboard panel
This piece is almost done...just want to let the cats dry a bit and see if they need a tweak!
It was so fun painting this one. I just have been sitting with it between sessions and enjoying the creative play.
Of course, should they sell, they will benfit rescue.
If you have an interest in them and would like to purchase or reserve...

Otherwise...thanks for looking!
Peace and cheers!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sneak Peek! New Seacape on the easel...and more!


New painting on the easel...sunset with wading figure and dalmatian in quiet contemplation.
oil on canvas
Sunset and a serene feel to this piece.
This painting when finished will benefit
on of my favorite rescues.
if you wish to reserve this painting
please email me:
Tomorrow "Summer Wind" will be representing
Art Helping Animals on The Daily Painter's Gallery site.
you can see the finished painting below.
it is available for sale to help
Bristol, RI

oil on canvas panel
with 100% going to the rescue.
email me to purchase.
Thanks for helping artists help animals with your purchase of
original art!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Easel Update: Work in Progress...take a look!

Pepper Pot
(newest work in progress)
This is not a great shot but it is also in the early stage of work.
Small 8x10 still life...enjoyable challenge for me.
This is on a panel.

Summer Wind
(almost finished)
oil on canvas mounted panel
I posted this on Facebook yesterday after finishing for the day.
Nice response to it. husband said WOW...that is always a nice comment coming from him. Appreciated. :o)
This painting will help Bristol Friends of Animals Shelter, Bristol RI
should it eventually sell when I post it finished.
It is a pleasure for me to base paintings on Emmi as my model and still feel the connection to her as I paint.
Sometimes I just use her pose, sometimes her coloring, sometimes a true representaion.
The main thing is even from the Bridge she is still an inspiration and a practical helper to those animals in need still trying to just get a chance at a life by being rescued and rehomed. The sale of my artwork of her helps to do that.
All my work in 2012 that sells goes to Charity 100%
There are paintings still available for sale to help rescue.
Just scroll through my posts here on the BLOG
or visit my website at this LINK:
I will be updating that1 site this week.
email me if you have any questions!

Friday, June 08, 2012

A Bed of Roses ~ Calico Cat, new painting for rescue

A Bed Of Roses
oil on canvas mounted panel
Available to help Tabby's Place A Cat Sanctuary rescue.
100% donation goes straight to the rescue.
email to purchase:
paypal welcome.
This painting was presented as a work in progress last week, now it is ready to go.
The colors are stunning in person. I am not quite sure the monitor is capturing them very well.
It is an ultra smooth canvas mounted panel. So easy to frame in a standard size with shallow depth!
I will be posting this for ART HELPING ANIMALS on
DAILY PAINTER's GALLERY tomorrow, June 9th.
If you want to snag it before it posts just email me.
I enjoy painting cats and hope this kitty helps some cats in need.
TABBY'S PLACE is an awesome rescue and deals with some medically challenged cats.  You can visit their site here:
Tabby's Place Link
they do wonderful work.
Thanks so much for helping artist's help homeless animals.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

On the Easel...update... WIPS!

Here we go! this was work from Saturday June 2nd. Take a peek!

This new garden painting has a way to is much sunnier in person than this image.
I am debating on adding some animals seems to tell me it might work. Unsure of that direction at this point...I am letting it evolve. It is oil on masonite panel 9x12. So far I am happy with it.

These Asian Apple-Pears were quite delicious...yes, I ate them. Shared them with Lizzie in fact. LOL.  It is about 3/4's done...this was the second pass. I Love still life and would paint it endlessly but I admit...I do love painting animals because of the life in their eyes so I try to mix it up. This painting is actually high key light and in the final pic I hope to get a better image. But this one I love and could live with it if I have to!
wink wink
It is 9x12 oil on a canvas panel.

This white rose is another of those great exercises for me. When I paint subjects like this I get totally lost in the work. It is very much a meditation. I spend a lot of time making minute and subtle color decisions that will make or break the painting. Going for the inner glow, the labyrynth of the petals, the mandela of the rose. White roses, my favorite, represent the spiritual element.
This is oil on Ampersand panel.
So that is what I have worked on so far this weekend and today is another day of painting. New pieces to follow.
thanks for looking.

Anytime you think you would like to reserve a painting you see posted before I list it for me:
or if you have any other questions or comments or want to say hello!
All proceeds of sales in 2012 are 100% donations to a non-profit rescue.
peace & cheers!

Friday, June 01, 2012

One Down...a bunch more to go! "Lantern Light"

oil on gallery wrapped canvas
So...finally have some work that is dry enough on their first passes to paint! Started with this one because it was the closest to being done and I needed to have something to post on DAILY PAINTER's GALLERY for Saturday.
That was democratic I think. I understand we have 5 days of RAIN coming so drying time is very slow.
I am thrilled to have things to keep working on for the next wet week!
I have been wanting to paint the lantern and I needed a cat subject so I thought "Siamese" would go nicely here with their dark face and dramatic blue of the eyes against the warm background.  Here you have it.
Cliche' ??? I don't know but I do know I am happy with it.
so if you want to help YOUR FAVORITE RESCUE...make the is 100% donation right to the rescue.
this painting will post tomorrow on the WEB for sale.
and as ever, thanks for your time and attention!