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"Ellie," Copyright © Paula Ogier 2011

Do you know someone who would just love receiving a colorful portrait of their pet as a holiday gift? Consider one of these not-so-traditional pet portraits. I enjoy painting them, but what I love even more are the reactions from the folks I paint them for.

Not only is the portrait style non-traditional, but the medium is as well – I use an electronic pen and pad to create a digital painting, which I then have giclée printed on quality archival paper. I have them printed by the wonderfully patient Mark Peterson, a photographer at Somerville’s Joy Street Studios, who has a giclée printer and great color management skills. He works tirelessly and uncomplainingly with me on getting the color just right.

"George Loves His Toys," Copyright © Paula Ogier 2011

The lead time on each painting is approximately four weeks, once I have appropriate photos to work with. If you’ve got a pet lover in your life, consider this special and personal holiday gift idea.

They can be purchased either framed or unframed to suit your gift-giving needs.

To learn more about having a pet portrait made, please visit my artist website at PaulaOgierArt, where you can see more examples. You’ll find sizes and prices there, and tips on photographing your pet.

"Star Gazing" (Toby) Copyright © Paula Ogier 2011

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On October 12, 2011, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston released the news that efforts to raise enough money to purchase and maintain artist Dale Chihuly’s 42-foot-tall lime green icicle tower had been successful. The museum received thousands of gifts totaling more than $1 million. The towering glass tree, which had been created for the MFA’s new Shapiro Family Courtyard, will continue to reside in this bright and airy glass-enclosed space.

The soaring sculpture weighs approximately 10,000 pounds. It is made up of 2,342 pieces of hand-blown green glass spikes.

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The outdoor season for Boston’s SOWA Sundays is in its final weekend. Tomorrow (Sunday, October 30) is the last chance for 2011 to experience the open air magic at this fun, sprawling, dog-friendly site that hosts a farmer’s market, an artisan market, a vintage market (indoors), occasional live music, and a mouthwatering line-up of food trucks, amidst a collection of galleries, shops, and artists’ studios in Boston’s South End. SOWA stands for South of Washington Street, and these markets-within-a-market inhabit these spaces on Harrison Avenue, one block south of Washington Street:
The SOWA Farmers Market  – 500 Harrison Avenue
The SOWA Open Market – 460 Harrison Avenue (at the end of Thayer Street)
The SOWA Vintage Market  – Indoors at 460C Harrison Avenue

This casual and stylish neighborhood tradition, while still young, has grown immensely in the last couple of years. Its many offerings bring a bustling crowd to the Harrison Street area every Sunday for everything from herbs, honey, fresh produce, free range chickens, baked goods and smoked fish, to paintings, jewelry, baby clothes, home decor, stationery, refurbished furniture, antique typewriters, vintage shoes, miso-seared salmon wraps and foot-long chili dogs.

The rotating selection of food trucks has included BBQ Smith, Bon Me Foods, Boston Frosty, Boston Speed Dog, C-Cups Cupcakes & More, Clover, Eat, Go Fish, Grilled Cheese Nation, Grillos Pickles, Lefty’s Silver Cart, Lincoln Street Coffee, M&M Ribs, Rhode Illin Ice Cream, Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Silk Road BBQ, Staff Meal, The Cupcakory, The Dining Car, The Froyo Truck, and Trolley Dogs.  

The Go Fish food truck, one of many tasty options available

After this weekend, I will miss this great excuse to get outside on Sundays and wander five minutes down my street to all the colors, creativity, energy, dogs, and delicious aromas. All the outdoor artists’ tents won’t be back again until May 2012.

Fortunately, the SOWA Farmer’s Market will continue through the winter beginning November 13, so fresh, locally grown produce can still be found in this neighborhood. The indoor SOWA Vintage Market will also remain open on Sundays after the SOWA outdoor season ends. It will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Sundays.

And on the first Friday night of every month, the SOWA First Fridays tradition continues, with SOWA Artists Guild artists opening their studio doors to the public for art, conversation and refreshments. Pay these talented folks a visit!

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"Flutter By" (Lola) © copyright Paula Ogier 2009

My love for painting animal portraits was inspired by my love of my own pets, who have been important members of my family. Yesterday, my beloved 15 &  1/2 year old Lola passed away, at home and surrounded by her family including her feline brother Sammy. Reflecting upon our love and respect for her, and her incredibly strong spirit, I can’t help but feel that animals make us better people. Lola, you remain in my heart for all time. I love you dearly, sweetheart. xo
Rest in peace.

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