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Regrouping in Order to do this Better!

November 5, 2010 2 comments

colorful cat face painting

I love to paint!  I love my rescue animals.  And I have discovered I love painting animals to help rescues!  I also know you love your rescue animals!  You feel passionate about saving animals.  And I also am pleased and honored to know you have enjoyed my artwork of the dogs, cats and horses!   I see a need for this kind of thing to grow and continue.

After several months of selling art on eBay and a few other outlets Save A Face was able to raise over $1,150.00 for various animal related rescues and therapies.  I realized that in order to do this right I really need to run it not as a hobby but as a business so it can sustain itself.  That way I can continue to paint what I like to paint.  People can enjoy collecting the art, the rescues can get some much needed money and this whole thing can keep moving forward.

So what I am doing is regrouping.  I am in the midst of streamlining some things in order to be more efficient and I am organizing this worthy endeavor in such a way that it can be self sustaining and have a greater reach.  So I am asking for you to bare with me while I do some nuts and bolts work behind the scenes.  My hope is to have this better situated with a well put together web site not long after the first of the year.

In the meantime I have put some artwork up on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtbySue.  The fees are less and the price is set, unlike on eBay but this is original art- one of a kind stuff here and 20% will go to the rescue of your choice.

I am excited to show you what I have in store for you but for now I need to just get it all in place.

 

I’ve Been in Mixed Media Kind of Mood!

September 21, 2010 Leave a comment

I had fun going back to watercolor and pastels this past week.  One thing that is good for an artist’s heart is to be able to mix things up!  That and for me at least being able to be with my family and animals.  The weather is beautiful and I am savoring this last bit of nice weahter before you- know – what.

Here’s some new art going up for bidding.

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I am SO Appreciative!

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

The last several months I have had the pleasure of seeing not only progress in the health and physical condition of my rescue horses but also am seeing major improvements in their emotional well being.  I can see they feel good and are happy.  The other thing these horses have done for me is bring some really wonderful people into my life.  I have made friends thru social media which has led to being able to make new friends in person as well!  I have horse friends again!  🙂  I have seen the horses bring a sparkle to some very special  ‘at risk’ kids eyes.  I have met a wonderful local horse trainer who is kind and knowledgeable and good with the horses.  I have friends across the country and even over seas who are helping promote Save A Face.  People are bidding on the artwork.  I am getting donations from other artists.  This is all so very touching!  We have passed the 500.00 mark for donations collected from eBay sales.  I know the rescues and therapy programs appreciate what all of you are doing.  Amazing how what might on the surface appear to be only about the animals is really good for the people too!  This makes me happy because I am not one of those animal rescue people who don’t ‘like’ people.  I would probably be rescuing people (babies and kids for sure!!!) if it wasn’t so much more complicated!  I like to think though now that in a way this people rescuing is happening too starting with me.

My daughter left for college and it is a very exciting, happy time but so bittersweet too.  I have braced for this time hoping I would handle the transition well.  I knew my daughter would do wonderful!  🙂  So I appreciate how  this project has brought a new focus and people to my life.

I wanted to share some photos of the horses taken today.

palomino rescue horse

Bling

arabian mare  equine artist

Me and Abbey

brindle roan horse

Baylie and Sue

art helping the wild mustangs!

Mustang

New listings up on eBay!  Search ‘Save A Face’ or follow this

link:  http://shop.ebay.com/artbysuesteiner2010/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340

Thank you!

‘Trash To Treasure’ Painting Series

August 15, 2010 3 comments

I used this term ‘Trash to Treasure’ with the very first Save A Face painting because I wanted to demonstrate how something one person views as ‘trash’ is another’s treasure.  The pretty black and white kitty Will and his siblings were dumped into a trash can less than 24 hours old.  They were found and cared for by Maria and Don Appleby of Champaign, IL .    Maria and Don have made their home a haven for many rescued animals over the years and are a wonderful advocate for animals in need.  I painted a dog owned and loved by Maria and Don after reading a touching story written by Maria, who is an aspiring writer.    The story was titled The Last Ride and described the last ride to the vet’s to do what was necessary but oh so hard!  She reflected over the past years with this sweet dog that was adopted at the humane society and how she had added so much to their life.

Will, Toby and Andy very much fit the description of Trash to Treasure!  These kitties, along with their thoughtful owners have been a blessing to so many!  A true Treasure!

Save A Face animal art being offered on eBay auctions http://shop.ebay.com/artbysuesteiner2010/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340

Will, a real Treasure!

50% of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to MEOW Cat Rescue http://www.meowcatrescue.org/

yellow lab mix dog painting

Nikki, A Gem!

New Listings 6/23/10

June 25, 2010 2 comments

There is now artwork in all price ranges.  I just listed original artwork that consists of oil paintings, original graphite and colored pencil drawings, pen and ink drawings, prints of Amish work horses, thoroughbreds, saddlebreds, gaited horses, arabians… chickens, sheep and even alpaca art notecards!   

Gaited Horse 5 x 7 original drawing

Kenna Al-Sayed generously donated artwork to be auctioned off to benefit a horse rescue that helps get horses from the ‘kill pens’ of a horse auction.  Please visit Kenna’s web site and enjoy her beautiful work.  Then come back and bid on her piece!  Here is a link to the current listings.  You can also search Save A Face or artbysuesteiner2010.  thank you!  http://shop.ebay.com/artbysuesteiner2010/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340

Introducing ‘Bling’, a new rescue

June 17, 2010 2 comments

Bling, a beautiful, pale gold palomino arrived the other day.  He came from the New Holland area from a horse broker and ‘kill buyer’ who takes horses to auctions and then the slaughterhouse.    I acquired Bling thru http://www.ac4h.com 

I am always surprised at the difference between my impression vs. the reality of the horse.   This is my 3rd horse I got this way.  You see a photo, a short video and an even shorter description of the horse.  Thats it.   Bling performed flying lead changes on his video and looked a little ‘high headed’ in his photo.  He looked quite regal. I was expecting a taller, lighter build horse that was maybe a little hot.  Bling came and he is as far from hot as can be!  Which is fine.  This horse is built like a tank,  (although he needs some weight), closer to the ground and is as laid back as they come.  I haven’t ridden him yet but will this weekend. 

So he was named Bling partly because of his gold color and partly because of his non-flashy attitude which is the opposite of what I think of when I hear the word bling.  

I took these photos the first day he arrived.  It was hard to get him NOT eating. Poor boy is still catching up with his fluid intake.     He had some dings and minor cuts but over all looks to be in good shape.  His hooves need some time and attention– they look short and with minor cracks.  My farrier will be here next week and I will ask him what he thinks this horse needs.  Maybe just good nutrition, regular trims and a supplement will be enough help.  He does not appear sore or lame thankfully.   He does need his teeth done.  I’ll get the vet out to do that soon.  Worming, teeth, feet, shots…. water and food.   Check, check, check.  +  Time and attention +  ‘Being a horse’ pasture time + regular handling and riding = a whole new animal.     

I’m kind of excited now that I see Bling’s personality…. I have been making great progress with Rhythm, another rescue, using her as a trail horse so now I am imagining a couple very nice trail horses.   

I often would get requests from people wanting to come over and ride.  My arabs are sweethearts but they don’t take kindly to beginner rider’s.  Its funny how this risky way of acquiring a horse has given me what I needed.  I know I could of  just as easily gotten a sick or lame horse– that kind of goes with the territory (and Bling is too new for me to know all about him yet).     But it looks like I got some really nice horses– which makes me sad for all the horses that don’t get seen or bought privately.  What a shame.  I think of the ‘higher’ purpose of things.   These horses have a much higher purpose than to be food…. I already have several kids lined up interested in meeting these horses.   Even for the lame and sick ones there is value in caring for these too- I have had several horses I knew would never be ridden again and got so much out of taking care of them and seeing them improve and be happy.   It seems to meet this need to nurture and care for something and since horses are so honest in their reactions you get this immediate feedback of how you are doing.  In our fast paced techno world the earthy, daily work of caring for them is very grounding and healthy.   That’s how I see it anyways. 

Enough blabbing– here’s the pretty boy!  Expect to see many paintings of him!  I love his coloring and his classic face….. those eyelashes are too much. 

E-bay listing link http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330442534953&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

If the listing has expired you can also search artbysuesteiner2010 and see the current listings being offered for sale.  many of these have proceeds going to various rescues.  Feel free to pass the link along or suggest rescues.  I am not affliated with any one rescue.  I am just an artist who likes to paint animals and rescue them!  This keeps my barn from overflowing– I have another outlet to help.  I hope you see it this way too.  thank you!

horse art, palomino quarter horse

Bling, a palomino rescue horse

palomino horse painting

Golden Boy and his Angels

colorful horse painting, abstract horse painting
Close up view of brushstrokes and texture

This painting was created while I was ‘fundraising’ for Bling and did not know if he was going to be safe or not.  I like to pick out a horse to paint from the list of horses in the broker’s program and use that for this project.  I am hoping to bring a face to horse slaughter and inspire people to remember them.  I also see so many people helping week after week– I thought a tangible, visible reminder of how they are helping the horses is nice.  It also, I imagine can be a conversation starter.  Hang it in your office and I bet people will ask about it! 

Update on the 3 Amigos Painting

June 10, 2010 3 comments

First off I apologize for the poor quality photos.  I love my working studio but about 5:00- 6:00 PM the sun comes in directly and then I have to start moving my easle so I don’t bake!   🙂  I scooted my easle as far away as I could from the sun but kept getting a shadow across the canvas.  since this is a work in progress I won’t worry about it.  I’ll take another, nicer photo when i am back in my studio.

I am loving the colors and the composition in this.  I usually don’t paint with straight lines and alot of perspective so this is good for me.  I don’t want the background to be very detailed because I want your eye on two things… first the beautiful mares in the front.  They will be bright and colorful and I think I am going to work it out so the front mare looks like she is about ready to step out… I think there is some symbolism there.  I don’t want this to feel sad or gloomy.  I want it to have hope and direction– since these horses were a big part in getting me more motivated in speaking out against horse slaughter  I think the strong lines represent this movement in me and many others.  I also want your eyes to go to the background where the horse in silohette IS getting out into the light.  Again I see the hope in this since its a reminder to keep doing what you can because SOME are getting out. 

This is on a 16 x 20 gallery wrapped canvas painted in oils.  I will auction off the original and then have limited edition prints made with proceeds going to help slaughter bound horses thru a 501 (c) 3 rescue. 

Work in progress of the 3 Amigos

Front mare detail

Thanks for following along.  I’ll post more soon. 

Sue Steiner, equine and animal artist