Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Portrait Marathon!

The first 10 (and I haven't counted all the rest, yet!) are in.  If I get to the end of those, and want to keep going, that's just what I'll do!  I know Grey Muzzle can use the bucks, and Spring energy is in the air, so there!  Thanks to everyone that signed up!!  :D

Spring is in the air.  Along with winter, but hey, the calendar says it's Spring, so I'm going with Spring!

The winter portrait marathon (see posts tagged "portrait marathon") was SO fun, and I'm in the mood to paint a bunch of pets, but I want to make this one a way to raise some money, too.

This marathon will be in honor of our dear departed greyhound, Happy (the white girl on the right), who came to us at the end of her life, bringing her full package of life lived, who gave us joy, love and tears at her passing, and made our hearts richer by giving us hers.

The Grey Muzzle Organization is a cause I can always get behind.  So, in honor of Happy, a portion of the proceeds from this marathon will go to these good folks.  

So, let's get to The Deal, eh?

Portrait Marathonn.  An event during which an artist or artists produce portraits in a concentrated fashion over a set period of time.  Participants submit photos for reference, and agree to purchase the finished portrait at a set price.  Great fun for all!  Fabulous gifts!
Here are the details:

This marathon will be a series of 10 (with the possibility of more, if I'm up to it) acrylic paintings on 5" square canvasses, gallery wrapped around 11/2" deep sides for easy, frame-optional display.  Because of the size, these will all be head-shots, to allow for detail and expression.

If you submit a photo (instructions to follow!), you agree to buy the portrait for $75 + shipping.  Payment, by PayPal or check, to be complete before I can start work on your portrait.

I will go in the order photos are submitted, and that payment is completed.

  1. Choose ONE photo, clear and high-res, of any ONE pet (dog, cat, hamster, ferret ...), attach it to an email.  (tip: If you have a really big photo file, but it's of the entire pet, crop it down to just the head, down to the shoulders.)
  2. The email should have your name and your pet's name as the subject.  
  3. Send the email to with 
    • your name and your pet's name
    • any notes about your pet you want me to know, to help me choose a mood for the painting
subject: Humphrey Blackburn; Wabimessage: Hi, Xan!

Wabi is a little thing, mischievous and cuddly. Her favorite thing to do is eat dandelions.  Attached is her photograph.  Can you put some dandelions in the painting, maybe?


When I get close to finishing one, I'll send the next person an email with a paypal invoice.  When it's paid, I'll start work on that one, and so on!  If there's a delay in payment, I'll skip over to the next one.  If the delayed invoice is paid, I'll do that one next.

I know lots of you have more than one pet you'd like done.  I want to be fair, so we'll do this as one to a customer.  Heck, some of you have 10 pets!  That could take up the whole marathon right there!  LOL!

Sign-ups are now .....

Wait for it  ......


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