Monday, May 16, 2011

Playing Dirty

© Hannah Phelps
Painting Everything Red
oil on canvas, 8" x 8"

What is Hatrick doing with my paintbrush? Oh no, it is loaded with red paint! Maybe I can get it before -

AHHHHH, Hattie! Stop! You are making a mess!!

Oh well, if this becomes the label for the Mutt Lynch Winery’s 2011 limited edition wine, maybe I won’t mind the new decor.

Hatrick and I have entered this image in the 3rd Annual Dog Art Wine Label Contest hosted by Dog Art Today and Mutt Lynch Winery. If this painting is chosen, Hattie’s face will appear on 500 bottles of a very special blend the winery sells to benefit their local Healdsburg Animal Shelter.

This year, the contest has a theme - “Naughty”. Think Hattie is naughty enough to win?

You can VOTE for this painting at Dog Art Today!

Of course, enjoy the other 100 entries once you have clicked the link. At the  top and bottom of the page there are "Click Here to vote" links- the site tells you what to do.

Painting Everything Red is number 80.

Voting is open from today, May 16th, to next Saturday, May 21st at midnight  PST. The rule is “One computer, one vote”, so if you really love it you could find extra computers and vote multiple times if you want....

The prize includes a CASE of the wine. Maybe the winner of this contest would have a dog art party and serve some of this wine when it is ready to drink?

I guess there is only one way to find out, folks:

If you like the painting, vote for it at Dog Art Today!! 


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mother's Day Blog Hop

© Hannah Phelps
Special Occasion
white-line woodcut

She was wearing a red polka-dotted dress underneath her warm home-made hooded sweater and fleece blanket. Maybe she started to fuss because she was hot swaddled in all those layers, but maybe she wanted to show off her dress.

It was the first time she had worn it - to Gramma’s 66th birthday dinner at a fancy restaurant. She stared wide-eyed at the wine, the antipasto, and the fresh bread as if she wished she was old enough to eat that instead of her liquid dinner.

She looked good in the little dress, of course. At three months old she could hardly look bad in anything. Plus, it is good to dress up to go out for a special occasion.

This dinner was very special - just the “girls”. Gramma, two daughters and one baby granddaughter. The only grandchild out for the first of many birthday dinners with her gramma.

Gramma was one of her first friends and, along with her mom, would always be one of her best friends. That is always something to celebrate.


This is my contribution to Claudine Intner's Mother's Day Blog Hop. I hope you have been following along on the blogs listed below. If not, there is time to catch up and enter to win a really cool collage from Claudine - but only if you start hopping now!

- May 1st - Claudine Intner
- May 2nd - Melissa Liban
- May 3rd - Lynn Krawczyk
- May 4th - Ishita Bandyo
- May 5th - Jeri Greenberg
- May 6th - Kathleen Mattox
- May 8th - Amanda Ruth
- May 9th - Judi Hurwitt
- May 10th - Kathleen Murphy
- May 11th - Hannah Phelps
- May 12th - Helen Hiebert 
- May 14th - Hannah Klaus Hunter
- May 15th - Claudine Intner 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Coast in Contour

© Hannah Phelps
pen in sketchbook

Here’s Coast relaxing enough for me to draw him for The Sketchbook Project, which I can’t take for granted. During the sketchbook period, he wasn’t even a year old yet, so he rarely stayed still. There is a reason I have way more drawings of 4 year old Hatrick.

© Hannah Phelps
pen in sketchbook

But here are two. If you want to see them in person, The Sketchbook Project is now at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York before it heads out to Seattle for the next stop on its tour.

If the concept of filling out an assigned sketchbook to go on tour sounds like fun, you can certainly do it too - sketchbooks for next year’s exhibit are available now:

Just pick a theme and get started! I am going to do this again, but I am having trouble deciding on a theme.

Any ideas?