“Animal Magnetism: Celebrating the Radiant Spirit of Animals” is an exhibit of art prints by yours truly at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston. You have until June 3 to stop by and enjoy this colorful celebration of fine furry beings, and while you’re there, you might just find a fabulous new friend to adopt!
This art exhibit features four dogs, four cats and a rather saintly cow. All pieces are for sale, and for each piece sold I am donating 50% of the net profit to the ARL. You get an imaginative and colorful work of art, and the ARL gets extra support for all the work they do on behalf of animals. It’s a win-win.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is at 100 Chandler Street in Boston’s South End.
Adoption Center hours are:
Monday: by appointment only
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1-7pm
Friday, Saturday: 1-4pm
Sunday: 1-4pm (adoptions only)
Phone: (617) 426-9170
You can also follow the ARL of Boston on Facebook or on Twitter.
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Another season of SoWa Sundays begins! Sunday, May 5 marks the first day of this neighborhood staple that runs 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. through mid-fall. There is an outdoor artisans’ market, an outdoor farmers’ market, an indoor vintage market and delicious food truck meals in an open air shelter in the parking lot on Harrison Avenue between Gaslight restaurant and Randolph Street.
Some artists at the 450 Harrison Avenue studios will even open their doors to the public on Sundays. There’s a sandwich board sign just inside the building’s Thayer Street entrance that will tell you which artists are in that day.
Here’s a handy map of the South End’s SoWa (South of Washington Street) District.
A very cool event happening Sunday, May 19th is the SoWa Plant Swap. If you’ve got too much of something growing in your garden, you can take some of it there and trade it for something else. What a neighborly idea!
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Purple, the bold balance of hot red and cool blue, is irresistible. Imagine a polished and glistening amethyst stone, fields of lavender flowers or the shiny supple skin of a ripe plum. Equally soothing and dramatic, it can feel luxurious, inspirational, dreamy and romantic. Purple definitely speaks to my creative nature. What about you? What does purple say to you?
Paula Ogier @ DENY Designs
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(copyright © 2013 Paula Ogier)
Greetings! February and March have been project-filled months for me. One of the fun new things I’ve been working on is putting together four designs each for four collections of checks.
I recently became one of CheckAdvantage.com‘s licensed artists—a collaboration I am quite pleased about. I’ve always preferred using colorful, artistically designed checks of my own choosing as opposed to the drab zero-personality bank issued ones. I think paying for things (and especially paying bills) should be fun, so getting to see my own designs on checks will be exciting.
CheckAdvantage was interested in a collection of dog-themed checks, as well as a cat-themed one. But they were open to just about anything for the other collections so that gave me a chance to think about what I could do with different styles and themes. The check format presents a few interesting challenges, including the check shape itself along with the various sections on a typical check with account and routing numbers and text that need to considered. After designing each collection, I made a folding checkbook cover design to go with each collection. This was all done with the use of check and checkbook cover templates provided by CheckAdvantage.
Winter Moon (copyright © 2013 Paula Ogier)
I enjoyed playing with ways to crop and format some moon-themed abstract paintings (including the two seen here), and those became a Full Moon series.
Often, cropping an image can completely change the feel and context of it and not in a good way. But I was happy to find that wasn’t the case with many of my moon-themed pieces, some of which looked great with just a detail section and others that just required a bit of repainting of sections.
I’ve finished three collections so far and am very close to finishing the fourth one. After that, there will be proofs to see and then off to market they go!
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Bobby and Bing
(Copyright © Paula Ogier 2011)
I’ve had several requests this year for portraits featuring more than one pet. Dual portraits create more challenge in working out the composition, especially when the animals are very different in size from each other. These portraits also give an opportunity for balancing colors in interesting ways. When painting Bobby and Bing, the obvious challenge was scale. I needed to create a vehicle for showing off little Bing, the hamster, so that he wouldn’t be lost next to much bigger tiger-stripe kitty Bing. The bright flower provided an elevated pad for Bing that brought him up to Bobby’s eye level, and it helped to set the stage for a moonlit garden fantasy.
Ernest and Harold
(Copyright © Paula Ogier 2012)
Ernest and Harold were two darling 3 1/2 month old kitten brothers, one a light orange color and the other a slightly darker orange. Orange being a favorite color of the client, it was requested that these boys be painted orange. Although a great deal of orange is used in the portrait, the blues and greens of the tulip vase create a striking contrast, and the muted green of the woodwork connects with the kittens’ lovely green eyes. I loved that this was done when kittens Ernest and Harold were still babies, and that it will serve as a marker of their kittenhood.
What Butterflies? (Seamus & Mila)
(Copyright © Paula Ogier 2012)
Seamus, a stately and mellow Komondor whose hair had been shorn to about 4 or 5 inches in length for the summer, and Mila, a smooth-haired Weimaraner, provided a real exercise in contrasts. Seamus’ dense coat had the curliest and tightest curls I’d ever painted. Mila’s coat, on the other hand, was super sleek. There was also a substantial size difference between the two of them, and I found that the closer I brought Seamus to the viewer, the more his head began to consume the space. So I chose to set Seamus back a little in order to show his grand stature and to avoid overwhelming Mila’s more delicate form.
Scoobie and Dobie
(Copyright © Paula Ogier 2012)
These two Dobermans‘ beautifully sculpted individual facial features and expressions really complemented one another, and I used a range of striking blues to show the variations in tones between them. The warm tones of the leather chair arm and the deep pops of red color set off the brilliant blues.
To see more of my pet portraits, visit my Pet Portraits page.
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