Thursday, March 5, 2009

Kayla

Kayla is a 7 year old pit bull mix awaiting adoption at our East Bay SPCA since November of last year.  She has been treated for benign tumors but is healthy now and ready for a home.  

She is also the first in my Art for Adoption project where I work with the SPCA employees who pick special needs animals to try and get them a little more attention.  Also my donated art gives the SPCA visitors a chance to do something specifically for Kayla if they don't have the means or capabilities for caring for a special needs dog.  Purchase of her painting will buy her a bed for her kennel.  

I'll also be doing Artist Cards for the shelter.  I  often visit the SPCA or County Shelter with my kids.  I feel frustrated because I'm trying to teach them to help our animals but without room or financial capabilities now, we go home empty handed.  Hopefully with the art and/or cards, the kids can take home a card and feel that they helped buy a day of food for their favorite shelter pet or other treatment to help them get adopted.   The SPCA folks and I are still working on getting an exact program in place but we wanted to start right away because we're both excited about it.  Stay tuned!

This is an oil, 6x8 on RayMar.

25 comments:

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

She is beautiful. I love the colors.
You made her look very sweet and I am sure she is.
Happt Thursday.

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

A beautiful portrait for a good cause!!

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful job, Sheila! Very sweet.

Judy Mackey said...

Kayla is beautiful and what you are doing for them is wonderful. With this economy I'll be SPCA's and Humane Societies will fill and be strained. Thank you for doing what you do Sheila. I hope someone will adopt Kayla and others from the PR work you are doing. Where will the artwork be auctioned?
Luv,
J

Sheila said...

Actually it's not getting auctioned. They will be on display for sale on site. I suggested they post a notice next to the dog or cat's kennel or living quarters that a painting or art card is available to support that certain critter.

Tracey Clarke said...

Kayla....love her. Great capture, Sheila.

artbyakiko said...

Kayla is beautiful! I hope she will find a forever home very soon. Congrats on the start of your project! It's so wonderful and inspiring!

sam said...

Well done Sheila, its a great idea, I'm sure your generosity will pay off.

adebanji said...

Great piece, you have done a solid job on this one!

Megan said...

Kayla is beautiful...ya did a nice job! You have such a big heart!

Manon Doyle said...

Great piece Sheila!
So wonderful of you to be working with the SPCA!! You are very inspiring!

James Parker said...

The painting is great, but the person who painted it deserves a big lick in the face from every dog at the SPCA. You have a heart of gold.

Kate said...

What a beautiful idea!! I've sometimes thought of doing something like this, so I really appreciate how much effort you put in to actually manifest this and make it happen!! The puppy is lucky indeed and I wish you all kinds of good luck.

Douglas Hoover said...

Lovely painting, Sheila. And wonderful concept, too. You're creating some wonderful work from the heart.

Carol Horzempa said...

Very nice Sheila! This is a wonderful thing you are doing for these wonderful animals that need homes during these hard times.

Martina Alberts said...

Hi Sheila,
nice to see other artists make art for a shelter.
Great painting on Kayla. She is beautiful and Ibhope she will be adoopted very soon.

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

I know this is a corny thought but your dog portrait seems to have appreciation expressed in his eyes. Nice painting Sheila

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

What a great idea, Sheila! Your determination (and follow through!) is inspirational. The painting is fantastic. Good luck.

Karen Hargett said...

Great job on both fronts - the painting and your efforts to help animals.

Marian Fortunati said...

That is a great cause...
You always provide such interesting things to think about...
What a wonderful thing to do with art... use it to benefit others..

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

This is really great, Sheila! Great painting, great project...congratulations!

Art with Liz said...

I so admire you for your work with the organisations that care for abused animals. I don't have the courage to face their hardships (I know I would want to bring every single one home with me) but have a regular donation to one of our animal welfare organisations.

Your love of animals shows in this beautiful protrait of Kayla.

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, I admire your work with the shelter. What a wonderful way to use your art. I'm sure someone will want to own this lovely painting.

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi sheila!
oh i love your painting. you are so generous!

have a great weekend!
melissa

Celeste Bergin said...

nicely done ...