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August 01, 2017

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Pet Portrait Sculptor Bonnie Kiefer Memorializes Beloved Pets

With a compassionate heart, Bonnie Kiefer has made it her purpose to memorialize beloved pets through her beautifully executed sculptures. Her lifelike miniatures are a tribute to those amazing furry friends that fill our lives with unconditional love. Read on to find out what drives this animal inspired pet-portrait artist to create her masterful works of art.

Bonnie Kiefer Pet Portrait Sculptor

How do animals inspire your artwork?

Pets have been my best friends and like family to me my whole life. I enjoy sculpting people’s beloved pets because I know firsthand what they mean in our lives and how truly special each of them are to us.

Bonnie Kiefer Sculptor of Pets

How do you create your art/ what medium do you work in?

I work with a non-toxic, extremely durable polymer clay. Most of my sculptures are put on some kind of wooden base or plaque and some sculptures require strong internal structures (armatures). When the sculpting phase is over, the sculpture is bonded to its base and primed for painting. I airbrush most of the sculpture in layers with an acrylic paint to create life-like coloring and then hand paint all of the fine details. When the sculpture is completely dry, I apply a coat of varnish.

 

 Bonnie Kiefer pet sculpture in progress

Stage 1 -  Sculpted, Bonded to Base & Primed for Painting

Tell us about your pets (past or present)?

My beloved Ariel was a black and white purebred Border Collie I bought as a 6 week old puppy. I did not want a dog at the time, but when I locked eyes with her, I think we both knew we were meant for each other. She was my best friend for 15 years. Words cannot express our bond and dedication to each other and I still sense her by my side to this day. I am an active equestrienne and have shown horses since a youth rider. I have owned several show horses over the years but I would like to mention “Quincy” who to me was the most perfect and special horse. She was an absolutely stunning bay Quarter Horse mare that I raised, trained and successfully showed for many years.

 

 Bonnie Kiefer pet sculpture in progress

Stage 2 -  Airbrush Base Layer

How long have you been creating art?

I must have been born with a pencil in my hand! I grew up drawing with just a regular pencil and sometimes I painted. It wasn’t until I was in my early 30’s when I started sculpting and around that same time I was given an airbrush kit as a gift and have been airbrushing and
hand painting my sculptures ever since. I think the ability to create art just comes natural for me. I never had any formal training in traditional art (except for a few elective art classes in middle and high school). In 2008 when the economy took a dive, I attended a digital art school and graduated in 2011. I feel fortunate to now have a good balance of traditional and digital art skills.

 

Pug sculpture by Bonnie Kiefer

Stage 3 -  Layers of Painting Added

What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created and why?

This is a very tough question, because I become emotionally connected to each piece of art that I create. Sometimes I start a sculpture that does not work out. I used to throw those pieces away but they have become special to me now for some reason. They are awkward and strange looking, but they have their own “souls” and are so unique, so I now keep them and have started a “misfit collection”. There are also personal pieces of artwork I will never part with for any amount of money, such as the pencil drawing I did for my Mother of her favorite picture of my brother in a trench coat, or the pencil drawing I did back in 1980 of Ozzy Osbourne who signed it for me a few years later when I brought it to him at a fan meet. He looked at it and said out loud “THIS IS (BLEEPIN’) GOOD!”

 If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

I would be a horse…They are so regal, graceful, talented, athletic and versatile. I would just hope that someone would take care of me the way I take care of my own horses, I would be totally pampered and treated like a Queen!

  Bonnie Kiefer pet sculpture in progress

Stage 4 -Hand Painting Phase in Progress- check back with website to see finished sculpture @www.sculpturesbybonnie.com

What are 3 of your favorite animal inspired movies, books or songs?

I love Snoopy, plus I love all Disney movies and songs with pets & animals. There will always be a special place in my heart for the song “Wildfire” by Michael Martin Murphey.

 What are 3 of your favorite famous animal characters?

Mickey Mouse of course. I live next to the Mouse and I LOVE IT. I love the Beast from Beauty & The Beast and also Snoopy.


What word or words describes your feelings toward animals?

Trust, honesty and always non conditional love!


What charities or animal welfare groups are you involved with?

I don’t have a (specific) charity or group but I have saved and/or rehabbed many horses and dogs during my life. One day I would like to be a senior dog caretaker to old dogs that people give up once they have aged or become too expensive. I would like to help them with whatever they need for their senior care, keep them happy and comfortable and then be there for them when they pass away.

Anything else you would like us to know about your artwork or yourself?

There are so many pet owners out there who want a way to always keep their pet close to them, whether the pet is alive or has passed on. I am helping so many pet owners by creating replicas of their beloved pet. It warms my heart to see how much it truly means to them.

 Pet Portrait Sculptures by Bonnie Kiefer

You can find more of Bonnie's work on her website at:

www.sculpturesbybonnie.com

or on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/bonnie.kiefer.3

December 13, 2016

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Delightful Animal Portraits with Personality by Christine De Carvalho

 



Christine De Carvalho of Darling Lola Designs

Cat Enthusiast Christine De Carvalho, also known as Miss Scarlett, is an accomplished illustrator and graphic designer who is also a beautiful hot-pink-haired pin-up model. She has two Etsy shops. Her shop, Darling Lola, focuses on cute anthropomorphic art (animals having human characteristics). These delightful animal portraits are full of unique personalities with bows, funky eye glasses and funny hats. A second shop called Dirty Lola includes dinosaurs, bees and bugs and other edgy art. The two shops show her wide range of talents.

 Tiger painting by artist Christine De Carvalho

How do animals inspire your artwork?

Animals are such an inspiration to me, I love the idea of anthropomorphizing them by dressing them up in cute clothes and giving them style and personality. I studied Fashion Design, so maybe that has something to do with it. Seeing animals wearing clothing always makes me smile!

"Starman" cat art by artist Christine De Carvalho

What medium do you work in?

Mostly Watercolor and Gouache.

Retro Sundae Cat by artist  Christine De Carvalho

Do you have any pets ?

I have one old grumpy cat named Hermione, and one sweet rescue kitty named Oliver who is polydactyl and has 8 digits on one paw!

Christine De Carvalho of Darling Lola Designs

 

How long have you been creating art?

Honestly, as long as I can remember. I was always very artistic and creative as a child. I was always drawing or making something. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in the creative field.

Donut cat by artist Christine De Carvalho


If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

I’d be a Giraffe, I love their long necks and their graceful demeanor, plus eyelashes for days! I love Giraffes because they are sociable, peaceful animals who rarely fight.

"Pageboy" cat art by artist Christine De Carvalho

What are 3 of your favorite animal inspired movies, books or songs?

The Cure’s “Love Cats”, Stray Cats “Stray Cat Strut”, Freddie Mercury/Queen’s “Delilah”.

 

"Oscar" dog painting by artist Christine De Carvalho

What word or words describes your feelings toward animals?

It speaks volumes that the Earth would die without Animals, yet it can thrive without Humans, that’s how important Animals are to the world and to our planet. Yet many people don’t seem to understand that concept. Personally I prefer the company of animals to people, I just find them so interesting to watch and observe their funny and strange behaviors. For Example my Cats are some of the most hilarious creatures I have ever met!

"Scottish" cat art by artist Christine De Carvalho

 

You can find more of Christine's work on the web at the following places:

Esty shop- Animals: www.etsy.com/shop/darlingloladesigns

Esty shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DirtyLola?ref=l2-shop-info-name

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    November 29, 2016

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    Artist Monica C. Webster Creates Art Inspired By The Natural World

    Monica Webster artist with her dogs

    Multi-talented artist, Monica C. Webster, is also a pianist and singer, a gardener, a chef of international cuisine and a writer. By day she is an elementary/ middle school
    teacher, by night she creates wonderful works of art. She depicts nature in a wide variety of styles from realism in her pet portraits to black and white graphic imagery. She is madly passionate about her puppies, a lover of animals and The Natural World.

     

    Pandas by Monica Webster

    How do animals inspire your artwork?

    Animals are one of my main sources of creative inspiration. Elegance, power, “etherealism,” majesty, grace, strength, beauty… just a few of the many incredible qualities that are found in the animal kingdom; one of the things that fascinates me is how often qualities which seem to contradict each other exist in the same sphere. The powerful beat of a heron’s wings, for example, juxtaposed against the delicate fragility of each individual feather. This and other marvelous feats of physical and visual engineering in the animal kingdom inspire feelings of awe and wonder which in turn influences my art. 

     Dalmation Black and White illustration by Monica Webster

    How do you create your art?

    I use a variety of mediums when creating art. Portrait paintings are created in soft pastel, while portrait drawings are created with pencil, charcoal, conte, pastel, ink and sometimes a combination. I also use acrylic paint, watercolours and unconventional mediums such as aluminum foil, tissue paper, printed pages etc.

     

    Tell us about your pets?

    Our family includes three canine members; two Tibetan Spaniels and a Pyrenean Mastiff. Keani Evening Song is our sable nine-year-old “Tibbie.” He always has a wide-eyed “anxious” expression, is a bit prissy, loves giving hugs and can smother you (literally) with kisses. Khydn Treasured Moments is our parti-coloured (red and white) two-year-old Tibbie. He is precocious, mischievous, and exuberant, and has an effervescently joyful outlook. Both Keani and Khydn have a black mask.

    Eoberon Céfiro Enchanting, the Pyrenean Mastiff, is still a puppy, but he’s about 130 lbs. He’s a gray and white gentle giant. He still has that “puppy exuberance” and, of course, has no idea of how large he is.

     Elephant Black and White Art by Monica Webster

    How long have you been creating art?

    I have been creating art since toddler-hood. My earliest framed work is a daisy drawn in pen when I was three that has resided in my parents’ main-floor bathroom for years. Throughout the continued development and evolution of my work over the years, one thing has remained constant; animals continue to take centre (center) stage.

     

    Tell us your favorite famous animal characters.

    • the wonderful Hedwig from Harry Potter
    • Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty
    • The Lion King’s Mufasa

     Sashi and Coqo pastel by Monica Webster

     

    Words that describe your feelings toward animals.

    Love and Respect.

     

    What charities or animal welfare groups are you involved with?

    I am a supporter of The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation

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    November 15, 2016

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    Quirky Pet Paintings by Artist Jules Gissler


    Jules Gissler PainterI met Jules not long ago at an art show we were both at. We were actually showing my husbands metal work, so I let him man the booth as I walked the show. It was a small one, so it didn't take long, but I was immediately drawn to the fun happy art of Jules. Big paintings filled with swirls and twirls and ice cream colors depicting a few of my favorite things in life - DOGS! I especially love the quirky little sayings that wrap each painting. As the weekend progressed, I kept being drawn to her joyous work and of course, had to ask her for an interview. 

     

     

    "Is That A Tennis Ball?" Dog painting by artist Jules Gissler

    How do animals inspire your artwork?

    The looks and actions that they give. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "A Poodle-Do" Dog in curlers painting by Jules Gissler



    How do you create your art?

    My art is acrylic, ink & a splash of sequins.

     "Does This Hat" painting of dog in hat by artist Jules Gissler

    Tell us about your pets.

    Harper is my rescue dog that I have now. He is about 11 years old. He is a nuzzler not a licker and is a character. He is about 70 pounds and when I rescued him, they of course told me he wasn’t going to be a large dog. He is the strangest walker. He walks a few steps and then stops and doesn’t move—I have to gently tug on the leash and say, “Harper, let’s go” and he continues to stand until he is ready. He also criss-crosses the street and has no fear of cars.

    "Matching Sweaters" Pet and Owner painting by Jules Gissler

    What are your favorite animal inspired movies, books or songs?

    Favorite animal book: When I was young, I loved Dr. Seuss’s book, “Go Dog Go”. I especially loved the last page of the book where they had a party on the treetop. There was so much going on, I could stare at the page for hours. 

    Favorite animal song: “Bingo” from my childhood . “There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o” 

    The animated movie: “The Point”—this used to play once a year on television—was a movie that had a moral about a boy and his dog Arrow. The boy was born with a round head and everyone else had a point and so he was banishedor maybe he ran away (it has been awhile since I have seen it ) but he went with his best friend, his dog, “Arrow”. It is a great story with great music—I think Ringo did it and Harry Nilsson.

     

    "Crown Off A Cupcake" dog wearing crown painting by artist Jules Gissler

    What charities or animal welfare groups are you involved with?

    Arizona Animal Welfare League, Sniff-AZ, Arizona Adopt a Greyhound, Arizona Humane Society, ASPCabout every dog rescue organization, and a women's shelter. 

     

    "Doug Figured" painting of Dog in Pearls by Jules Gissler

    Anything else you would like us to know about your artwork or yourself?

    My art is very whimsical—how you can recognize that it is a “Jules” painting—they have pink and yellow eyes, as many curlicues as I can put on it—curlicue nose, eyebrows, background and wherever a curlicue can go. The eyes never look straight ahead—either up, down or sideways. The canvas has a splash of sequins and I do a humorous title up the side and over the top and also use this on my cards, prints & giclées.  I do paint commissions . My wish is just to make you smile.

    You can find Jules at the following online locations:

    Website: www.julesgissler.com
    Facebook:Jules Gissler-artist
    Instagram:JulesAgissler
    Twitter: J Gissler writer art

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    November 01, 2016

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    Padgett Mason Paints Funky Feline Art & Pet Portraits with Personality


    Padgett Mason with her pet portrait art and funky feline paintings

     

    Love colorful funky feline art and pet portraits with lots of personality? Then you are going to love the illustrative, whimsical and sometimes humorous style of artist Padgett Mason. When she is not doing art shows, you can find Padgett painting away in San Diego, California which she calls home.

    How do animals inspire your artwork?

    Animals are so beautiful. I create many animals but cats are my favorite. Their sleek lines and dramatic personalities are a subject I love to capture.

    White cat painting by Padgett Mason



    How do you create your art?

    I create nearly every day. My main medium is Acrylic, also do mixed media pieces including watercolor ink and collage.


    Tell us about your pet?

    I grew up in the country with goats, rabbits, horses, chickens, dogs and CATS! I am so thankful to have had my early years in that environment, experience the circle of life. We moved to the city when I was a teenager and have owned cats ever since. Currently I have 3 beautiful brown tabbies, all rescues.

     Day of the Dead cat painting by Padgett Mason
    How long have you been creating art?

    I have been obsessed with drawing and painting since I was little. My Mom has a horse I drew when I was seven, framed in her house to this day. Professionally I have been creating for about 18 years.


    What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created?

    I don’t have a favorite that stands out. I usually am in love with my newest pieces, it’s tough sometimes to have a piece sell when it is still a newbie to me, I like to live with them for a bit before they find their home.

    Dog portrait by animal painter Padgett Mason

    If you could be any animal, what would it be?

    I would be a domestic cat. They have a life of luxury and pampering if they are in a good home.

    What charities or animal welfare groups are you involved with?

    My go to charity is the Feral Cat Coalition. They spay and neuter feral cats to stop population growth and increase their quality of life. There is a colony of feral cats at Spanish Village-Balboa Park, where I display and sell my work in 2 studios. That colony has been fixed and one of the artist feeds them and that group of kitties thrive.

     gallery of pet portraits and animal art by Padgett Mason

    You can find Padgett online at the following locations:

    Website - www.padgettmason.com

    Website  - www.padgettpaints.com 

    Etsy Shop -  www.padgettpaints.etsy.com

    Facebook  Artist Padgett Mason

    Instagram - #padgettmason

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    October 17, 2016

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    Nataly Korsakov and Her Fantastical Cat Dolls

    Nataly Korsakov

     

    Nataly Korsakov of Fleur de Lapin, physically lives in Berlin, Germany, but mentally lives in a magical world where cats become dolls who wear fancy clothes. Her fantastical hand-made dolls cover the spectrum of themes from storybook princes and fairies to fictional characters like Little Red Riding Hood and Comic Con themes like Lolita and Steampunk. These wondrous kitties with their huge you-can't-resist-me-eyes, and lavish outfits, will have you purring. The dolls come in a beautiful doll box with a signed certificate of authenticity for a keepsake that will be passed down through generations. Let's find out a little more about Nataly.

     

    Aurora - The Northern Star Fairy by artist Nataly Korsakov

    Aurora - The Northern Star Fairy 

    How do animals inspire your artwork?

    I love and respect animals a lot! I think I may be a cat person :) I have always had cats and my art is also spinning around cats - they are my biggest inspiration! So many different patterns, eye colors (cat's eyes are amazing and very unique), fur and body structures (short legged, long legged, big and tiny, slim and fluffy), every cat comes with his own one of a kind personality and that is what I love most about cats! When I create a kitty doll I try to add facial expression, a smile, curious look, to bring that character to life. 

    What medium do you work in?

    I have done it all: drawings, paintings, sculpture, sewing, making hats, jewelry etc., but what is wonderful about making my dolls is that i can combine all my skills and enjoy every step of doll making process. 
    Now it looks like this : idea - sketch-character design in details - sculpture -painting-assembling doll- sewing costume-accessories- photoshoot-packaging.

    Werekitty Red Riding Hood - Werewolf Cat Halloween special art doll by artist Nataly Korsakov

    Werekitty Red Riding Hood - Werewolf Cat Halloween special art doll

    Do you own or have you owned any pets and if so, tell us about them?

    I have had three cats since i was 10 yo, every one of them was my friend and even though they are passed away they are still and always will be in my heart. 
    Now my husband and I have a 6 year old male cat named Kot (wich means actually "cat" in Russian) and he is sweetest cat I ever known! He is a very social cat that needs people around, he loves to cuddle and sleep with us, he is very polite and never meows to wake us up if he is hungry, instead he will patiently wait. There is so much awesomeness about our cat I could probably write a book :) And he is my purry inspiration!

    How long have you been creating art?

    I came from very artistic family and my father started to teach me how to draw in a very young age. I have no art education but I have always been creative and crafted a lot through all my life. 
    I always find my own way to create things, but I do a lot of research before I start a new project, and always search ways to improve my art.

    Glitter - Pink Fantasy Kitty in stylish purple outfit  by artist Nataly Korsakov

    Glitter - Pink Fantasy Kitty in stylish purple outfit 

    If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

    I would like to be a cat, they are beautiful,cute and cuddly, but also strong and very independent creatures. 

     

    King Percy - made to order from a picture of customer's cat by artist Nataly Korsakov
    King Percy - made to order from a picture of customer's cat

     

    What are 3 of your favorite animal inspired movies, books or songs?

    • Scooby-Doo was one of my favorite shows in childhood, I love that dog and whole mystery idea of the show

    • Panda Kung Foo - I think one of the best movies nowadays

    • Zootopia - just rocked my world lately!

     Momoko - Sweet Lolita Kitty Doll

    Momoko - Sweet Lolita Kitty Doll

     

    What are 3 of your favorite famous animal characters?

    • Garfield 
    • Bugs Bunny of Looney Tunes  
    • Master Shifu from Panda Kung Foo

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    Exuberant Animal Art Full of Color and Life by Artist Consuelo Okdie

    Animal Artist Consuelo OkdieBright and happy, fun and quirky are words used by fans of animal artist Consuelo Okdie. It's as though this Florida based artist creates her art through rainbow colored glasses, with colors bouncing around the canvas adding energy and personality to all the creatures she captures in paint. Read on to find out how this animal lover is moved to create art inspired by animals.

     

     

     

     


            

    How do animals inspire your artwork?

    There are so many ways animals inspire my artwork – so many different colors, textures of fur, fin & scale. The different ways each one moves, i.e walk, fly, swim; plus the remarkable contrasts between the hardness of a hoof or tooth compared to the softness of fur & feather allows me more inspiration than I would need in a life time.

    What inspires me most of all is what comes from within…the personality, heart, kindness & soul that are so unique to each one. I strive to recreate that in my work.

    "Dakota" Dog painting by animal artist Consuelo Okdie

    Dakota


    What medium do you work in?

    Currently I am working in acrylics & graphite pencil although in the past I’ve worked in polymer clay, oils, pen & ink, colored pencil, batik & stained glass.

    "Princess in My Heart" dog portrait by animal artist Consuelo Okdie

      Princess in my heart


    Tell us about your pets.

    I’ve never NOT had pets in my life from dogs & cats, to chickens, sheep, ducks & horses.

    Right now I have a Persian cat named Maggie who is pack leader to my two rescue dogs Ruby, a Pomeranian, & Dilly Dali, a mix of terrier & Prairie dog.

    "Kummar" hound painting by animal artist Consuelo Okdie

    Kummar

    How long have you been creating art?

    I started drawing at age 6 years old, so at 64 now it’s safe to say a really long time! Life without art isn’t life to me.


    What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created?

    “Welcome to Florida aka Fred” is my all time favorite piece of art I’ve created. ‘Fred was made using polymer clay sculpted over a gallery wrapped canvas. More bas relief (a kind of sculpture which is carved and the raised area is only slightly higher than the background - low relief) than painting, each component was hand-sculpted using only white clay. After curing, it was hand-painted using custom colors mixed from dry pigments, alcohol ink & custom mixed acrylics. He’s my favorite because it was quite a challenge to execute. He’s also named after my favorite brother, Fred, who owns him.

     "Welcome to Florida aka Fred" 3-D painting by animal artist Consuelo Okdie

    "Welcome to Florida aka Fred"

     

    What charities or animal welfare groups are you involved with?

    Donating work to support animal welfare, art & music, education & our military men is definitely my passion & brings me more joy than I can express.

    The Kentucky Horse Council
    Suncoast Florida Rescue League
    SPCA Tampa Bay
    Animal Health Services
    Fix-a-Bull
    Friends of the City of Buffalo Shelter
    Redlands Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project
    Sarasota FL Youth Opera
    Brooksville FL VA Clinic

      "Frankie" funky cat painting by animal artist Consuelo Okdie

    Frankie

    Anything else you would like us to know about your artwork or yourself?

    The memorial portraits I do seems to give grieving pet owners a sense of comfort and peace that I could never give them on my own. Being able to do this for them gives me such a great feeling of joy I can’t even begin to express it.

     

    You can find Consuelo online at:

    Facebook: consuelookdieart

    Instagram: consuelookdie

     

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    September 27, 2016

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    Soft and Sweet Animal Art by Ellie Szymanska-Saleem

     

    Artist Ellie Szymanska-SaleemThis week's featured artist Ellie Szymanska-Saleem of Artwork by Ellie, creates delightful images of pets and animals. Ellie is a proud, "Cat Momma," a children's book illustrator and a pet portrait artist based out of Dubai. Her soft, sweet style makes one feel as though they are actually petting the fur of the animals she is capturing in her work. 

     How do animals inspire your artwork?

    I have always been drawn to animals. I've been painting and creating all kinds of critters since I was a child - horses, cats and dogs... snails and spiders. I love them all! My cats and bunny continuously inspire me to create more art.

     Trident the Cat art by Ellie Szymanska-Saleem

    Trident the Cat

    How do you create your art?

    I mostly do digital art now on my good ol' Wacom tablet ( a Wacom tablet allows an artist to draw with a pen onto a tablet and the drawing is immediately seen on the computer screen). I love how it lets me mimic traditional art. Having many pets and limited space makes it the most convenient medium to use.

     Tipper, Lenny & Simon cats of  artist Ellie Szymanska-Saleem

    Tipper, Lenny & Simon

    Do you have any pets?

    I've always had cats growing up, two of which are still alive and well, living with my parents. When I left the family home and got married, I really wanted a cat of my own, but my husband wasn't too convinced. We settled on a rabbit at first and that's how we got our ditzy bunny, Schnuffel. A few months after we got Schnuffel, I saw an ad for the cutest Persian kittens that needed new homes and I started pestering my husband for a cat again. He agreed (albeit reluctantly) and that's how we got Tipper. Tipper is the one who started it all. My husband fell in love with him instantly. Next year we adopted Simon, an adult cat with a foggy eye, from a local animal rescue group called the bin kitty collective. But I somehow knew that it wouldn't just end at two. Fast forward 5 months and I came across an ad through the same rescue group for three kittens that were found abandoned in an apartment. This is how we got our Yuki. During the summer of 2015 we got our youngest two cat-kids, Elsa and Lenny. To me, they’re not just pets but much much more and I wouldn’t be able to picture my life without them.

     Sphynx & Ice Cream art by  Ellie Szymanska-Saleem

    Sphynx and Ice Cream

    How long have you been creating art?

    I’ve been doodling for as long as I can remember. Art is something that I’d always come back to no matter how busy I was in life. It has a soothing effect on me. However, I only started taking it seriously in 2014. I make it a point to draw something everyday.

     Nala Cat - art by © Ellie Szymanska-Saleem

    Nala Cat

    What are 3 of your favorite animal inspired movies, books or songs?

    Hachiko: A Dog’s Tale, The Lion King and 101 Dalmations.

     Fruit Kitties art by Ellie Szymanska-Saleem

    Fruit Kitties

    What word or words describe your feelings toward animals?

    One word: LOVE. I think it all starts with animals. I don’t think one can love humans and hate animals, and vice versa. Our humanity starts with them.

     Tyke the Elephant with Cats Coloring Page- art by © Ellie Szymanska-Saleem

    Tyke the Elephant with Cats Coloring Page

    What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created and why?

    This constantly changes. I sometimes finish a piece and think that it’s one of my best only to start noticing flaws in it a few days later. It can be frustrating at times but I think it’s something most artists can relate to. 

     

    You can find Ellie online at:

    Instagram: artworkbyellie

    Facebook: artworkbyellie

     

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    September 20, 2016

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    Inga Binyon of 4MyMeow and Her Kitty Zipper Pulls Help Kitties In Need


    Owner of 4MyMeow Inga Binyon and son Cody

    Inga with her son Cody

    This week's featured artist Inga Binyon, lives in Gualala, CA, which is a 100 miles north of San Francisco, right on the coast. Inga embraces her crazy cat lady by crafting fun and funky jewelry for your zippers and calls her creative company, "4MyMeow," which was born in 2015. In a true spirit of giving, a portion of every sale is donated to animal shelters. Here's Inga's story...

     

     4MyMeow lampwork bead kitty zipper pulls

     

    We have two little girls that rescued us last year. (Kali and JuJuBee) Shortly after bringing our first girl (Kali) home, I was asked to participate in a street fair that only wanted locally hand crafted items. The gal who asked me to participate worked with glass beads and gave me a catalog. The moment I discovered the Glass Cat Head beads I had a vision. My subsequent search for beads led me to realize my attraction to glass lamp work beads which are all pieces of art themselves. I started putting bead combinations together in my head and I couldn't wait to get my first shipment of beads.

    My Kitty Zipper Pulls were originally designed to clip onto the zipper of your jacket, thus allowing the owner to show the world their love of all things kitty. However I have seen them on backpacks and I have several that hang from the zippers on my purse, they can be displayed as sun catchers, rear view mirror charms, or how about some new kitty ornaments for you Christmas tree? You can clip them anywhere you like!

    I decided before my first show that I wanted to do a little rescuing back so I have donated 10% of every sale to four different cat shelters in Northern California. Had we not adopted Kali and JuJuBee this business would have never been born. My customers not only get a lovely little piece of cat inspired jewelry they get the satisfaction of knowing that their purchase created a donation to a very deserving cat shelter.

    Both of my girls stories have their own page on my website.

    Kali cat http://www.4mymeow.com/yes-i-wrote-a-song-4-my-cat

    Kali 
    http://www.4mymeow.com/yes-i-wrote-a-song-4-my-cat

    JuJuBee http://www.4mymeow.com/jujubee

    JuJuBee
    http://www.4mymeow.com/jujubee

     

     

    "Graceful Kittys" designer Kitty zipper pulls created by Inga Binyon of 4MyMeow

     

     "Graceful Kitty" line of kitty zipper pulls


    My favorite pieces of work are my Graceful Kitty line, which was my first "designer" line of Kitty Zipper Pulls. The bodies of all of these kittys feature Grace Lampwork Heart Beads. I have been told several times that they are true works of art and because Grace Lampwork beads are created one at a time by amazing bead designer Grace Ma in San Francisco, no two Graceful Kittys will ever be exactly alike, making each of them truly one of a kind!

     Kansas Kittys Zipper Pull line created by Inga Binyon of 4MyMeow

     

    Since creating the Graceful Kitty line, I have also collaborated with a bead artist in Kansas who makes the cat heads one at a time by hand. She designed the Calico, Bengal, and Siamese cat heads just for me and I call this line Kansas Kittys.

     Donations made by 4MyMeow from every sale

    We love our girls so very much. Two of the shelters we support with our donations are directly related to our girls adoptions. Purebreds Plus is the shelter that rescued them from the streets and Kitty Hill Foster Care is the woman that fosters hundreds of kitties every year, including both of our girls. Cat House on the Kings I began to follow shortly after bringing Kali home and it is amazing what they do for kitties every year. Last but not least Redwood Coast Humane Society is the shelter here in town and I felt that they too needed any support they could get.

     Kitty zipper pull design by Inga Binyon of 4MyMeow

    When we adopted our girls we signed agreements that they would be indoor kitties only. The woman who fostered our girls actually runs a luxury kitty boarding facility in Santa Cruz, though more often than not she has more fosters than paying customers. She had these amazing catios, which inspired my husband (who has years of carpentry experience) to build our girls a catio of their own! As you can see Kali and JuJuBee got an amazing Cat Dad in the bargain as well!

     Kitty pull crafted by Inga Binyon of 4MyMeow

    To see more of Inga's fun Graceful Kittys, check her out on the web at these locations:

    Website: 4mymeow.com
    Facebook: 4mymeow
    Instagrams: 4mymeow_s_kahleesiandjujubee
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    September 13, 2016

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    Animated Animal Illustrator Naomi Romero Loves Corgis

    animal illustrator Naomi Romero Corgi enthusiast, artist Naomi Romero loves drawing happy animals especially dogs. This talented lady has built her career creating children's illustration for mega names like Nick Jr,  Bark Box and ABC Mouse. One of her recent jobs involved creating characters for the upcoming featured film, Blazing Samurai (2017). When not freelancing diligently for studios and agencies, she is flying about the country showing her work at comic cons. She is one busy, creative gal!

     

    Corgi Colors by illustrator Naomi Romero

    Corgi Colors

    How do Animals inspire you? 

    I grew up with having bad experiences with people and only positive experiences with animals. I would find myself gravitating towards a friend's family pet instead of meeting their family, haha! I have the idea that animals are generally good and I love drawing happy things. It is very easy for me to draw upbeat animals!

     

    Dog illustration by Naomi Romero

    What Medium do you work in?

    For work and personal work, I mainly work digitally, using Photoshop and my Cintiq When I am away from the computer, I dabble in gouache, watercolor, and ink. It is fun experimenting and I am always trying to do new things!

     

    Side Note: 
    A Cintiq is a tablet and pen connected to a computer which artists can use to draw on similar to drawing on paper. The image is input into the computer while the artist draws on the tablet.

     

    Artist Naomi Romero's dogs  Gravity and Noodle

    Gravity and Noodle

    Do you own pets?

    LOTS! At the moment, I have four, with a fifth on on the way! I have two dogs, a corgi named Gravity and a Kai Ken (that is a Japanese breed of dog) named Noodle. I thank them for my inspiration! I also own an amazing cat named Lucas and a ball python named Newton. The fifth animal is coming in September! :) Life can be a bit chaotic with animals but I couldn't imagine life any other way. I love each and every one and I am grateful to have them in my life.

     

    If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

    That's easy! I would say a dog. Although people assume all dogs are tail wagging and ready to meet and greet anybody, people forgot that some would rather be left to their own devices and watch from afar. I am that dog. Dogs are good. Dogs are cute! Most importantly, dogs don't judge like people do.

     Dog illustration by Naomi Romero

    What are 3 of your favorite animal inspired movie?

    Balto was a huge film for me growing up. I would watch it over and over, always asking my mom to find me the plush toys! It was a beautifully animated movie that inspired me to become an artist. Read about the movie: click here.

     

    All Dogs Go to Heaven was also huge for me since it was a darker film which really intrigued me as a child. I loved Charlie and how he changed so much in order to help Anne Marie. Read about the movie: click here.

     

    Cats Don't Dance always left in awe whenever I saw it and I loved the songs! It was one of the most amazingly animated films I have seen!

    Read about the movie: click here.

     Dog illustration by Naomi Romero

    What are 3 of your favorite famous animals?

    I am a huge fan of dogs in history. Belka and Strelka, Hachiko,and Balto always fascinated and inspired me. They were all brave dogs who did something good for the world, whether it was being extremely loyal to his master or going off to space and braving the unknown. My twin sister and I even commemorated Belka and Strelka by having them tattooed on our arms. They are constant reminders of these brave dogs. I would love Hachiko and Balto tattooed on my body as well.

     

    Side Note: In 1960, Belka & Strelka were on the Soviet Union's Sputnick 5.The were the first dogs to go to space and return home alive and well. They were instrumental in building confidence to send man into space. 

     

    During a diphtheria outbreak in 1925, Balto led a sled team of dogs through a blizzard to deliver healing serum to Nome, Alaska.

     

    Hachiko, a Japanese dog, was well known for his loyalty waiting every day at the train station for him to come home. After his master died, he continued every day for nine years to wait at the station until he too passed on to hopefully meet up with his master once again.

     Dog illustration by Naomi Romero

    Discover more of Naomi's work online at:

    Portfolio: naomiromero.carbonmade.com

    Etsy shop: Yowulf

    twitter @naomiromeroart

    tumblr yowulf

    Facebook @naomiromeroart

    Instragram @yowulf

    If you're in Los Angeles, be sure to check out Gallery Nucleus! They usually have my plush toys in stock.

     

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