Monday, August 21, 2006

Going to the Dogs!!

Unveiling of New Work at Dragonfire Gallery

Mari and Eeva the owners (and dog lovers) of the Cannon Beach Gallery, Dragonfire, created a unique event for the opening of our new work. There were three artists featured, myself (Carrie Tasman), Shai Stiener, and Susan Rene. We all had new dog related paintings that were unveiled with an introduction, and lots of fun activities and things to munch on! Dogs were invited, so we got to meet and greet our wagging friends also.

It was an honor to be featured at the gallery, and Mari and Eeva went all, hot dogs, hot pretzels, and to top it off a Dog Fashion Show! Ah the lengths some of us go...

The Big Fiberglass Dog
He needs a name! Any thoughts on a name for my ghost dog?

He is getting his first coat of primer before I start in the painting. The Golden paint website has lots of tips on painting fiberglass sculpture which has been very helpful. I will have an update on the "Blank" Dog painting next week sometime. This week is a week to stay in the studio and get some things done, like for instance, finish updating my website.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Ghost Dog

We came back from the Sun Valley Art Festival with this fiberglass dog for me to paint. Chamois had to sniff his butt after she attacked him on our porch.

It all started when we saw this big white dog at Ciro's restaurant in Ketchum where we had dinner saturday night. We had seen many painted dogs around town at different places but no "blanks:. I said to my husband, "I sure would like to paint one of those dogs". Evidentally it was part of a fundraiser for animal charities in the Wood River Valley.

Sunday, the next day at the fair, a woman came into my booth with a shirt that had some painted ponies on it and I asked her if she knew anything about the painted dogs around town. She said she sure did, she was one of the local shelter organizers of the event, CeLABration. I said, i sure would like to paint one, and she said, it just so happens we have one left, it's at Ciro's Restaurant and we would love to have you paint it.

So after filling the van with my art work and display, we made room for the big guy and brought him home to Oregon. It is in my studio and the dogs sniff him everytime they come in the door. Very funny. It is now waiting for it's first coat of paint!