Archive for the ‘Dog Art Challenge’ Category

Dog Art Makes the News

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Daily Herald Health petCheck out the great article about the Dog Art Challenge that appeared in a special Healthy Pet section of the Daily Herald. Titled “Pawsitively Artistic” the article features two great photos of a Yorkie and a cat in the midst of their creation.

All artwork will be sold to benefit pet charities during either the Live Auction on Friday, March 20, at 6PM or the Silent Auction Saturday, March 21, during the Chicagoland Family Expo.

You’re Invited

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

InvitationThe Dog Art Challenge for Charity starts in TWO days and you are invited! We hope to see you there. Download a copy of the Auction Catalog at the above link or look through this thread to see the pieces available. You’ll be the envy of your neighborhood when you have one of the masterpieces in your home!

Dog Art Challenge

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Burt Exhausted after PaintingBurt created a surprise masterpiece for the Dog Art Challenge tonight and boy is he pooped! Being artistic really takes it out of a guy but it is worth it to know that other pets will benefit from all that hard work. (If you don’t know about the Challenge, please read this thread or click the above link.) We urge everyone to support their favorite shelter by creating art (100% of the proceeds from the sale of the piece will go to the pet charity you pick). What are you waiting for? Give your dog (or cat) a big kiss, turn them loose with paint and watch the fun!

Not feeling artistic? Browse the Dog Art Boutique where a portion of the purchase price also goes to charity.

FYI: The auction catalog will be posted shortly.

Dog Art Challenge

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Burt Tired After PaintingBurt created another masterpiece tonight for the Dog Art Challenge for Charity and boy is he pooped. Being artistic really takes it out of a guy but it is worth it to know that other pets will benefit from the sale of the work. If you don’t know about the Challenge, please read this thread or click the above link. We urge you to create a masterpiece with your pet to benefit your favorite pet charity (100% of the proceeds go to the pet charity you pick). What are you waiting for? Give your dog (or cat) a BIG kiss, grab some paint and watch the fun!

Not artistic? Browse the Dog Art Boutique where a portion of every sale also goes to your chosen charity.

FYI: The Gala Auction Tickets are available NOW and the complete Auction Catalog will be posted shortly.

Dog Art Challenge Magnets, T-Shirts & Postcards Now Available!

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

dog-challenge-magnet.jpgThe Dog Art Challenge is fast approaching! Deadline for Silent Auction submissions is 3/1. If you would like to support your favorite shelter, have your pet create a masterpiece and donate it to the Silent Auction. All proceeds will go to the pet charity or shelter you choose.

If your pet isn’t artistic, you can still support your favorite shelter. Dog Art Car Magnets (pictured), T-Shirts, or Notecards will be available soon on the above site. The best part? A portion of the sales will go to the charity you pick!

Tillamook Cheddar

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

lo-the-negaverse.jpglo-particle-accelerator.jpgTillamook Cheddar is a 10 year old Jack Russell Terrier and the world’s preeminent canine artist. Tillie’s works have shown in Europe as well as the U.S. and she has had 17 solo exhibitions.

Tillie uses a dynamic color transfer technique. In preparation for each of Tillie’s works, her assistants assemble a touch-sensitive recording device by affixing pigment-coated vellum to a sheet of lithograph paper backed by mat board. The artist takes the prepared “canvas” in her mouth and brings it to her workspace. Working on the outside surface, she applies pressure with teeth and claws in a methodic ritual marked by dramatic shifts in tempo and intensity. The resultant sharp and sweeping intersecting lines complement the artist’s delicate paw prints and subtle tongue impressions, composing an expressionistic image that is revealed on the paper beneath when she is finished. She works with shocking intensity, sometimes to the point of destroying her creations.

Tillie created the two pieces she has donated to “The Dog Art Challenge”–“The Negaverse” and “Particle Accelerator”—in her Brooklyn studio in early January 2009. Both works are part of a series of 20 pieces Tillie will donate to charity in 2008-2009. Each artwork began as part of a single watercolor block–20 sheets of watercolor paper laminated together. These two works were done in succession. While Tillie was working on “The Negaverse” the page that would later become “Particle Accelerator” was resting beneath it. Consequently, the two works share some common elements of shape (note the consistent bite marks around the perimeter) and color (note the lower left corner). Tillie completed each of the works in a series of 3 sessions, applying one color at a time. The paper works have been mounted on stretched linen.

Both works will be auctioned during the Dog Art Challenge Gala Auction–6PM March 20, 2009 at the Arlington Racecourse (just after the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo closes for the day). If you want to read up on Tillie, you can purchase her first official biography, Portrait of the Dog as a Young Artist, by F. Bowman Hastie III, (published by Sasquatch Books) on her website.

Tillie picked a local NY charity, Infinite Hope, to receive the proceeds from the sale of her works.

Mac’s “Break Piece”

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Mac’s ArtworkMac is a four month old lab mix that loves going to Ruffner’s Doggie Daycare to play with his girlfriends. He took a break from playing long enough to create his masterpiece for The Dog Art Challenge for Charity. The piece is titled “Mac’s – A piece” and Mac used his paws and tail to apply paint. The proceeds from Mac’s piece will benefit Anderson Animal Shelter. Mac is a new artist and this is his FIRST original. So, if you think it would look great in your home or office, come to the Auction at 6PM on Friday, March 20, at Arlington Racetrack after the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo and own the first “Mac original.”

Linus, the African Grey Artist

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

linus-first-try.jpgfinishing-touches-blog.jpglinus-creating-blog.jpgLinus Starts Paintinglinus-picks-color-palatte-blog.jpgOur first entry for The Dog Art Challenge for Charity from a bird–YEAH. Linus is a 19 year old African Grey Parrot and the official “greeter” at Ruffner’s Luxury Pet Boarding in St. Charles. Linus used his cute little feet to create his work titled, “Come Here.” Linus is one outspoken bird. . .not only did he name his painting but he also told his owners which charity he wanted to benefit from his work–DeKalb County Animal Shelter! Linus is also a perfectionist. After finishing his original piece, he decided it wasn’t “parrot worthy” and he created another.

“Come Here” and the other Dog Art Challenge Masterpieces will be sold to the highest bidder at Arlington Race Track on March 20 at 6PM immediately following the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo. All proceeds go directly to to the charities chosen by the artists. Tickets will be available shortly.

Another Czarny Original

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

czarny-art2-blog.jpgczarny2-alyssa.JPGczarny.JPGCzarny is such a talented (and large!) pooch that he decided to create TWO masterpieces for The Dog Art Challenge for Charity. Alyssa from the DuPage County Animal Care & Control’s Pet Crazy Kid’s Club helped with masterpiece #2. Czarny hopes his works will bring lots of money at auction. Of course, his work will benefit his friends still at DCACC. If you like Czarny’s art or you want to help pet charities, plan to attend the Dog Art Challenge Auction March 20 at 6PM, Arlington Racetrack. Tickets for the auction will be available on the website starting January 10.

By George

Friday, December 19th, 2008

george-art2.jpggeorge.JPGgeorge-tyler.JPGGeorge, a Bichon adopted from DuPage County Animal Care & Control, created “George’s Happy Feet” for the Dog Art Challenge. George arrived at the shelter lost, frightened and covered in mats. Now, he is settled and happy with a new family. Through TLC, he came out of his shell and discovered his inner-artist. George worked with Tyler from DACC’s Pet Crazy Kids Club to create his masterpiece. The Pet Crazy Kids Club teaches kids about pets and responsible pet ownership. This year, through the Dog Art Challenge, the kids learned a little about art as well!