Thursday, August 21, 2008

Purr-Casso Call For Entries!

Hey Artists! 

Last year I participated in a a great art event that benefits cats (and dogs) at the East Bay Humane Society here in Berkeley, CA. I found out about it through Bill Presing's blog and since then have ended up volunteering at the Humane Society with the cats and providing caricatures at different fund raising events they've had. This year I volunteered to join the planning committee and we have a great show in the works. It's a great way to meet area artists and help out a good cause. Announcing the new and improved:

Purr-casso Art and Craft Gala
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008
12-4 PM
Hollis Street Project
5900 Hollis Street, Emeryville, CA

This event consists of a silent art auction (yes!) in addition to a normal craft fair. There will be some great art to be had here, as long as all you artists out there are willing to contribute!

Official info from the Purr-Casso blog:

We are looking for artists to donate their crafts or fine art for the 2008 Purr-casso Art and Craft Gala. All art must include cat or a dog somewhere in the piece. Crafts that are wearable items for dogs or cats are OK too.

Your donation will be formally acknowledged by the BEBHS. In addition, you will be recognized through our website and bi-annual magazine distributed to over 12,000 Bay Area households . We hope that you are able to support this exciting event. Thank you for your consideration of this request. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Stutfield, , or Julia Clayton, Or call Cindy Shelby at 510-845-7735 ext. 13.

DEADLINE FOR ARTWORK:  October 25, 2008

Submission details:

Step 1: Email: or
Include the following information:
1. Name/Phone Number
2. Medium (painting, photo, quilt, etc.)
3. Size – approximate
4. Number of items
5. How it will be displayed

Step 2: Mail or deliver artwork to BEBHS--October 25, 2008
Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society
Attn: Cindy Shelby
2700 Ninth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710 

Attach to your art work:
1. Your Name
2. Company Name (if applies)
3. Phone Number
4. Address (if applies)
5. Email Address
6. Website
7. Title of piece (if applies)
8. Price of artwork(s) 

Portfolio Book:
1 page – 8 ½ x 11
Bio and Photo of artwork
Contact info.
Attach business cards 

1. Send artwork framed, or in a manner we can easily display to the public.
2. Your art work will be stored in a safe and secured warehouse near the Hollis Street Project.

Go ahead and start those beautiful artworks and keep an eye on the Purr-Casso blog for updates! We will even be posting art there as it is submitted, so you will have a good idea of what treasures await you at the auction in November. 

Last year I had these pieces in the show:

Bill Presing contributed this beauty:

Brittney Lee had some terrific pieces:

Feel free to contact me or the folks from the humane society mentioned above for more info on this event. Looking forward to seeing all the art come flooding in...think of the lonely kitties!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Illustration Friday: Detach

What a great stroke of luck! I've been meaning to finish up this drawing of this axe-weilding sexy viking lady and then along comes this topic. You can see she has "detached" a few heads in her day!

PS, This looks great on my Cintiq and blown out on my other monitor...not sure what to do about that. : \
Also, I just got back from LA and I will post about my trip soon. Woohoo!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Pete Docter wants to live in a tree house.

You have no idea how jealous I am. If I was Pete Docter I would also live in a treehouse. (FYI, Docter was one of the first animators hired at Pixar, and was director of Monsters, Inc. and the upcoming "UP".) His proposed plans, designed by a Disney Imagineer, for his house in Lafayette, CA:

"He and his wife bought 15 acres of secluded, vacant land in Lafayette and proposed a 60-foot-tall artificial oak tree with three treehouses. A suspension bridge would link them to a new house on the adjacent hill. An elevator would connect the house to a garage 25 feet below, burrowed 80 feet into the hillside."

"One of the treehouses would be a bedroom, another would contain two bedrooms, and the third would be a common room, according to the application. Combined, they would have 871 square feet of space. "

The land alone apparently cost just shy of a million dollars. Pixar must be treatin' Mr. Docter right... (But seriously, I met Docter once and he was the nicest guy. I'd love to visit his treehouse.)

You can read about it here.