Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Natchez and Rowdy Commission

Here is a recent commissioned painting of Natchez and Rowdy, two sweet dog souls. Below is a paragraph from Tara, their dog mama. Along with the fun of creating this piece it was a pleasure to get to know Tara over the course of creating this painting. I found out she is a polymer clay kindred and a talented coach, with a positive outlook on life and doing what you love.

Here's what Tara says about her painting. "What a joy to own a Carrie Tasman original—and it’s a portrait of our beloved “boys,” Rowdy (left) and Natchez! We’ve admired Carrie’s work for years and our fridge is decorated with her postcards to prove it. Carrie has such a special way of expressing emotion, from her deliciously wonky perspective, to her luscious palette, to her gift for seeing into a creature's heart and putting their (and her) soul on the canvas. We are over the moon with gratitude and joy to see this unique work of art in our home every day."

About Tara: Rowdy and Natchez are the fur kids of Tara Rodden and W. Douglas Robinson. Tara is a professional coach, mosaic artist, and writer; she specializes in work productivity and helping people do more of what they love. Her husband, W. Douglas Robinson, is a professor at Oregon State University where he studies birds and teaches classes on wildlife ecology and avian conservation.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

April 26th - 26 Love Letters for Mama Book Release Party!!!

A Perfect Mother's Day Gift!!
Come help us celebrate the release of the book "26 Love Letters for Mama", of which, yours truly, has illustrated the letter "C"!! Susan Chung and her daughter Ema, who wrote the poem, are the instigators of this wonderful project. I was approached by Susan a couple of years ago about the possibility of creating a work of art with a letter in it. It has been a wonder to watch the project unfold, get funded on Kickstarter, and through Susan's vision and dedication become a beautiful printed book.

Come and celebrate with us and enjoy fine art, music, great food and local libations. For the first time, these books will be available for sale and 15 artists from the book will be at the show with a selection of their art to sell! A generous portion of the proceeds from the art and books sold that day will be donated to Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, in direct support of continuing care for women with breast cancer. It’s a great way to have fun & support your community!