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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!

To Bid On Artwork

 

Artwork is listed by way of eBay using their Giving Works program.   This means eBay handles the transaction and send the rescue’s their part of the proceeds so you can be assured this is handled appropriately.  

eBay Listings  link

You can also search directly on eBay ‘Save A Face’ for current listings.

Don’t forget to share eBay listing links on facebook and twitter to help your favorite rescues.

 

And as always we appreciate the rescues, the animals and YOU!

 

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! 

‘The Three Amigos’, work in progress

I got started on this painting over the weekend.  The faces of these horses is what got me started on this project.  https://saveaface.wordpress.com/2010/05/08/horse-slaughter/

horses from a 'kill pen'

The Three Amigos

work in progress oil painting

They were referred to as ‘The 3 Amigos’.  They are the face of horse slaughter.  Young, purebred, unbroke or green broke, healthy– full of potential but because of over breeding, a bad economy or just plain bad luck, 100’s of horses just like them are hauled, often long distances, in crowded, stressful conditions to Mexico or Canada to be slaughter for the horse meat market in Europe.   

My hope with this project is to give a face to the ones in need and bring awareness to the issues before them and supporting the rescues that work so hard to make a difference. 

This painting, when completed, will first be auctioned off on e-bay.   You can find my current listing by searching either Save A Face or artbysuestiener2010.  Feel free to share this link.  After the original is sold I will make archival, professional quality limited edition ACEO’s (collectible playing card sized prints) and 9 x 12 prints.

A portion of the proceeds of all artwork goes back to the designated rescue mentioned in the e-bay listing. 

I like the symbolism in this painting.  In the background will be the silohette of a horse in the light… getting out, so to speak.  That horse represents the ones that are rescued and find homes.  Right now more are lost than rescued but by increased awareness and stricter laws and regulations, less demand for horse meat and more responsible breeding we hope to turn those numbers around.    More gelding and euthansia clinics would also help.  If you have an old horse please keep in mind it is SO much kinder to humanely euthanize than to send thru an auction or sell to a horse broker. 

Consider subscribing to this blog to get updates as I continue working on this painting.

Thank you,

Sue Steiner

equine and animal artist

White Horse Studio

324 Cleveland Ave. NW

Canton, Ohio 44703

Want to Participate? Here’s How….

As a portrait artist and an animal lover I am well aware of the impact a face can have in moving people. This past week was a frustrating one for me because I was very moved by 3 beautiful faces that were not saved during a rescue effort. The ‘The 3 Amigos’ were young, healthy horses in the ‘kill pen’ at a horse auction and taken to a slaughterhouse in Canada before funds and a home could be found for them. It happened quick but their faces effected many people. With Another Chance 4 Horses http://www.ac4h.com permission I am going to paint their faces and use that image to launch this new project. 

If you are an fellow animal lover, rescue and/or artist we need you.   Here’s how you can help….

What I am proposing to do is ask if you are an artist take a face that has motivated you to take action for your cause and create a piece of artwork of it. I would like this to be in the form of ACEO, Art Card (2.5” x 3.5”) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist_trading_cards . They can be prints or originals and you are welcome to put your contact info. on it. It also needs to have the cause or rescue you wish to promote. The artwork should be on one side and the rescue info will be on the other. I also request you add http://www.saveaface.wordpress.com on the card so this project will continue to build and promote all involved. The ACEO or Artist Trading Cards are meant to be collected, traded and passed around. They are like a mini piece of art/ business card the size of a standard playing card.  They often sell well on e-bay, are easy to ship and easy to duplicate so you can sell larger numbers of them.  If you need the nuts and bolts info on materials to use please google ‘how to make an ACEO’ or ask me.  The idea is to make something colorful, collectable and memorable so people buy, trade and show these cards as a way to promote the rescues.    

If you are a rescue or a cause please send me your information, along with contact info. and web sites, links etc. and a clear digital photo of a face that is meaningful to your cause. It will be shared with an artist who may want to create artwork of your animal’s face.  There would be room on the back of the card for a short bit of info. to encourage to take action and help. 

I will post this Save A Face web site along with a link to your web site with each completed card. People will be encouraged to donate and help.

The ACEOs or Art Trading Cards will be auctioned off on e-bay with 75% percentage going to the rescue. (Must be a registered not-for profit to participate). E-bay makes this easy by sending the money collected directly to the charity. This way I don’t have to be involved in handling anyone else’s money. The 25% left over will cover e-bay costs and shipping. As the rescue or artist you are encouraged to link to the e-bay site and the web site.  As more cards are completed we can make up sets, collections and so on so there are many ways to use these cards. 

In the next day or so I will have an example for you to see.  If you have a question please leave a comment of e-mail me at artbysue@hotmail.com

If you are an animal lover than your job is to help spread the word aabout this project or share photos of an animal’s face that has inpacted you.  When the art goes on e-bay helping share links will be much appreciated or bidding on the cards.  The artwork is small and affordable so should be within people’s reach with the added bonus of encouraging them to buy more to collect and also to promote. 

Thank you,

Sue Steiner

animal artist

oil painter