The cleverly-named CHAIRity Event is an Auction benefiting our local SPCA in Winchester, Va. Artists give a second life to chairs by decorating them with an animal, dog, pet or adoption theme. Then they are auctioned at this wonderful and fun event. Most of the Artists paint their chairs, I chose to re-upholster mine – with Custom Fabric Printed with my Art (yes, that’s a Thing! and the end-product Fabric is excellent quality and the printing perfect)
I found a tag inside the chair showing the date it was made… April 9th, 1987. So I wrote my own note on it and stapled it back inside the chair.
If you’d like to purchase the Fabric for yourself, here it is at my ZAZZLE SHOP
If you’d like me to make a Custom Fabric for you, just EMAIL ME. I could make it from a photo, or could create a picture for you.
Having a good bit of Irish blood meself, I wanted to do something for the upcoming holiday. First I thought of Irish place-names; Galway Bay came to mind. But “bay” has more than one meaning. A “bay” horse is one with a reddish-brown body color with a black mane, tail, ear edges, and lower legs – and it’s also a body of water in Ireland – so, a play on words. The Galway Bay! Once I knew what I was painting, I looked to the classic work of George Stubbs for inspiration. When finished, The Bay seemed a little lonely. So I did a second version, The Connemara Black. (which, actually is the name of a Fly Fishing lure.. but, whatever.. it sounds right).
These two Fine Irish Horses can be purchased in ANY SIZE and I have made them into a variety of versions.
Like all of my Art, I am happy to Customize and Personalize! So your Family Name, Company Name, Farm Name, Pub Name, Favorite Quote, Verse, Saying… anything can be put into these pictures... just Email me a tell me what you’d like. ( FolkArtDogArt@gmail.com) I do not even charge for this (because it’s fun!). Then I can make it available for you to purchase in any form you want.
All of these are available at my ETSY Shop as Prints, “Print Mounted to Wood”, or Instant Digital Download (have not done all of those yet, but email me if you want it fast) They are in the ETSY Shop Category: “Horse Art Cow Art” and in “Custom Pub Signs”. Peace and Plenty Valley ETSY Shop
To Order Prints directly, yourself find them at my Peace and Plenty Valley ZAZZLE STORE and here you can also put the horse(s) on ANY of hundreds of Zazzle Products…. Mugs, Rugs, Bugs (ok, not bugs)…. T Shirts, Caps, Banners, Beer Steins, Shamrocks and shillelaghs (pretty much).
INTRODUCING……………. MY FINE IRISH HORSES:
Ya’ got your Labradoodles and Goldendoodles… what about a Yankee Doodle?
This is Athena – and here you can see how I transform a regular, not-too-interesting photo of your dog – into Fabulous Fine Art!
You send me a photo of your Dog (or any pet, or horse, or your Farm, House, whole Family – whatever)
I isolate your Dog from the background and brighten and neaten her/him, as needed
I add some techniques to apply brush strokes and make it more of a painting, and less like a photo
I make the Background for your piece; we can decide together what this will be or you can leave it up to my imagination.
I like to discretely put in your Dog’s Name and maybe the date. This can be with the barely-visible “embossing” technique, or it can be totally visible, or not there at all.
And I put it all together and your Doggie is now “Fine Art” (this has my Watermark diagonally across it – your versions would not, of course)
COST? To get it to this stage and provide the image to you: $25 to $50 … one dog is probably only going to be $25.
For that price I will provide the finished piece to you as a High Resolution Jpeg File of whatever size you want. You can then have it printed anywhere you want. Or you can have me take care of the Printing and send it to you. Or you can have me make it into a “Print Mounted to Wood” and send that to you.
I can also List your image into my Zazzle Shop and from there you (or I) can place the image onto any of hundreds of products…. Mugs, Throws, Clothing, Pet clothing!, Door Mats or Canvas! Like this Canvas Wrap version, which is really special. Don’t try to create the Canvas by yourself (it’ll drive you nuts) I have to make a special version of the art in order for the Edges to work)
Personalized Memorial Art for Dogs or any other loved-one. I will add any text, verse or quote you want – to a photo you provide. You can choose from many backgrounds, or have me do it just as your photo is. I wrote this little poem – it’s an option, if you like.