Thursday, October 8, 2009

Purrcasso Art & Craft Gala


Berkeley's Humane Society hosts an arts and craft's auction every year. I chose to paint Calhoun because he is their cover dog on their home page.

They were asking specifically for functional items so I donated a cotton tote decorated with acrylic.

Go to their blog and see the talented illustrators that contribute their work. There is even an Emmy award winning illustrator contributing this year. [ I didn't know illustrators could win Emmys]

Berkeley is right next to Emeryville which is home to Pixar. I was lucky enough to be able to arrange a tour of this fantastic workplace when it was my turn to teach a segment in my leadership course in alternative solutions to workplace environment. At that time, they had the storyboard for "Cars" posted all over their second story walls. You'll see many of the contributing illustrators work at Pixar and recognize their style.






Calhoun is oil on 8x8 board, the bag measures 15x17 inches





17 comments:

Carrie Jacobson said...

Sheila, I LOVE Calhoun! That sparkle in his eye. He looks like an absolute NUT. What a wonderful painting! And I like the bag, too. A good cause, gal.

tonypetersart said...

Sheila,

I like the choppy brushwork on the dog, bravo!

Dean Grey said...

Sheila!

Of the two items, I'm loving the canvas bag the best.

I think you have a wonderful whimsical style to your illustrative pieces (compared with your fully painted pet portraits). Very cartoony and cute!

I'd like to see you do more of these in the future.

-Dean

Cathyann said...

Love Calhoun!!! lively brushwork illustrates a lively animal! It looks like you have had fun with this, Sheila.
Tote is cute, too...You are so kind.

Angela Elledge said...

Once again, I love seeing your pet portraits and this beautiful, fresh style that you have; well done, Sheila!

Manon Doyle said...

Calhoun is gorgeous! I especially love his tongue!!!
The canvas bag is awesome!!

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Sheila, I saw this on my blog list and it made me laugh out loud! What a fabulous face! Everyone should make art that makes people smile! Cheers, Tonya

David Larson Evans said...

Tis 1 happy hound.good job.

Gary Heller said...

I agree with Tonya, your art just makes one smile.
Love the name "Purrcasso"
:)

AutumnLeaves said...

Calhoun looks like one happy bullie! (Pit bull) Love that smile he is wearing!

Deborah Ross said...

Sheila, I love your animal paintings and the stories that go with them. You are a special person. And Calhoun looks great, a big, huggy guy.

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

I really like the way you've handled the brush strokes in the painting. It makes the image very strong

Krista Hasson said...

Sheila, I am alway pleased when I visit your blog, he is fantastic! I love your style

Michelle said...

Hi Sheila, Just looking over all your wonderful animal paintings and loving the expressive brushwork...marvelous!

Marilyn M. King said...

Calhoun is a wonderful painting! I agree with all that you have a special gift in portraying those doggies full of life and personality. Your style is playful, full of life and confident. Great job!

Edward Burton said...

Calhoun is wonderful, Sheila - great expression! Very fun bag too!

artbyakiko said...

I love your Calhoun painting and the canvas bag! They are so cute!
Thanks for the info about crafts auction at Berkeley.