Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ready for Summer?

copyright Hannah Phelps
Swelling Water
oil on canvas, 9" x 12"

This morning, the dog paintings I've been sharing with you were delivered into the care of Sarah Chaffee and McGowan Fine Art, in preparation for the Unleashed fundraising exhibit. Remember, the reception is the 25th, which is less than two weeks away!

Now I can start thinking about some future projects! 

First of all, I promise I will be printmaking this summer! There are some copper etchings that need just a little bit more work, so you can look forward to more a la poupee prints like Ocean Point Scene II.

I have so many ideas for white-line woodcuts that I better do one soon or my brain might explode!

And of course, there will be plein air painting on the coast! All winter and spring, little ideas and experiments have popped into my mind for some plein air work and I am looking forward to trying them out.

All in all, stay tuned this summer. Even if it gets hot and lazy outside, I intend to keep creating!

Friday, June 11, 2010

5 Win-Win Ways to Help Animals in NH

copyright Hannah Phelps
Silly Photo of Two Loved Dogs,
Hatrick and Coast, on Memorial Day

The Unleashed fundraising exhibit for the Animal Rescue League of NH at McGowan Fine Art is just around the corner. So I have been thinking about what else we can do to help this organization and their homeless animals. 

Here are my top five ways, but I bet you can think of more!

1. When you are ready, adopt your next pet from the Animal Rescue League or another shelter. Obvious, I know, but it is still the number one way to help. Plus, you end up with a great friend!

2. If you aren't ready for a pet, donating supplies like towels, food, and litter can be a huge help. Call the shelter near you to see what they need specifically. Most of us have old towels and bedding that we don't want kicking around anymore and often shelters need it! Another win-win!

3. Drink wine! No really - If you buy a bottle with the special Animal Rescue League label, they get money! The images on the labels were created by New Hampshire artist, Molly Poole. Or you can put an image of a pet you love on the bottle! How can you go wrong with paintings, wine and fuzzy friends?!

4. Become a Medical Miracle Worker. This one isn't for everybody, but it is perfect if you want your donation to make an immediate difference in the life of an animal. Medical Miracle Workers are contacted by the shelter when an animal needs medical attention "beyond the normal and customary care" like emergency surgeries.

5. Love animals but can't add one to your family right now? Volunteer! You can get your furry fix while you help lighten the staff's load!

Of course, the sixth way of helping the Animal Rescue League of NH and get a little something for yourself is to purchase some art at the upcoming show, but I thought you would have guessed that one by now!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dog Days-Sun King

copyright Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 6" x 8"

The Unleashed benefit for the Animal Rescue League of NH is fast approaching! If you want to know more about this show, check out McGowan Fine Art's blog!

Today, we have another painting of my Pine Run Leroi Dusoleil, aka Flash.

In a previous post, I talked about the philosophy behind naming canine athletes. "Flash" is obviously an appropriate name for an agility dog who needs to be fast and precise while negotiating courses, but what the heck does his longer AKC name mean?

When Flash was a little puppy, I took him to my parents' house to meet my family. He was a tiny fuzzball, but that didn't mean he was easily ignored-he was loud and energetic and constantly in motion. I had put him in a pen for everyone's safety when my sister, Abby, arrived to meet her new "nephew".

When Abby walked into the room, he inexplicably stopped barking, chewing or jumping. He sat perfectly motionless, staring up at her with sunlight filtering in the window and glowing in the blond fuzz crowning his head.

"You look just like le Roi du Soleil!" she said to him.

To my amazement, he remained still. "Finally" he seemed to reply, "someone who recognizes me!"

And that is how my young Flash ended up named after the French "Sun King", Louis XIV

That is also why HE had to appear in this particular painting.

See you on the 25th at McGowan Fine Art in Concord, NH from 5-7 pm!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Freedom from Mobility

copyright Hannah Phelps

Front Porch View II
12" x 9", oil on canvas

My vehicle is receiving what I hope is TLC from the dealer today. Since I live on the edge of a very small town, no car means I am homebound.

Instead of frustrated and trapped, I feel fully liberated!

If I NEEDED to get out, I have a bike and my perfectly able feet could carry me to a small convenience store a few miles away. But I don't need to, so I get to stay here in my studio with my dogs and that is more than enough.

Without the means to perform even my daily visit to the post office, I am free to paint and write all day. I think I hear thunder in the distance-could I be lucky enough to lose power for a short while? Maybe I will turn off the phone too!

What would you do with a gift day like this?

PS - In case you think "stuck at home" means no plein air painting, above is a sketch of from my front porch. I wanted to practice my "skyholes" and leaves in preparation for summer!