Friday, December 18, 2009

IF ~ Undone

These two have a love for the holidays and for each other that cannot be undone.

OH OK!!!!! I've been away for a week or so, so I'm playing catch up by posting fairly early (for me anyway) for the current Illustration Friday. I'm somewhat discombobulated with the time, as I'm sure we ALL are during this hectic holiday season, so instead of using this illustration that was supposed to be for Entangled two weeks ago (or last week, or whenever it was), I'm now using it for Undone THIS week. It works if you hold your head right. I'll just consider this a Christmas present to myself because there's so much to do, what with all the holiday busy-ness between now and next week.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks Store (I know of a great book that would make an awesome present for some adorable someone on your list), 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity the donation goes to, will depend on the item purchased and I will love you forever from the bottom of my little black heart. They deserve a chance too.

Grab a cup of coffee and take a long luxurious gander at my website
ArtQwerks

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Got Milk?



Alrighty then...I'm going to milk this holiday market until the cows come home and since the only animals living here are horses, dogs, one fish and an occasional mouse in the barn, that's going to be a very long time...at least until the holidays are over. The Holiday Art Market contains an array of many beautiful paintings, fiber art (wearable and to drool overable) and other amazing works from the artists that were exhibiting at the HVCA Arts and Greens the weekend before Thanksgiving. See their new stuff too! They have all come together under one warm and toasty roof at the HVCA Gallery in Highland MI. Come join us on Sunday, December 6th for the official opening of the market and meet the artists, listen to great music and to Heiner Hertling while he reads his illustrated children's book, A Pirates Quest, a delightful, gorgeously illustrated gift for any child (or adult, I bought mine when it first came out last year), watch artists demonstrate their talents and shop while you nosh on snicky snacks. You can peruse the HVCA Art Shop Gallery too while you're there! So come and get started, continue or finish up your holiday shopping here, where you will find fantastic unique and beautifully crafted art gifts for everyone at every age on your list! The HVCA Holiday Art Market is open December 1st through the 24th.

...oh yeah, I'll be there too!

When you purchase an item from my store, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity the donation goes to, will depend on the item purchased and I will love you forever from the bottom of my little black heart. They deserve a chance too.

Grab a cup of coffee and take a long luxurious gander at my website ArtQwerks

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

ArtRage

This is a little sketch done from Art Rage , a little paint program you might enjoy yourself. I think I've found a new addiction. I actually did this for the week Illustrations Friday's word was "skinny" about two weeks ago and I didn't get around to posting, but hey... there's only so much time in a day. It's that time of year when I need to rearrange the studio so I can get the rest of my work done and find a place to organize all the stuff I drug out to the last show this past weekend. I'll post some pictures of that too, eventually.

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

Take a peak at my website here: http://www.donnapellegata.com/

Friday, November 13, 2009

IF ~ Unbalanced

She was a little unbalanced as she came in for a landing

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation.

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to one of my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and will most certainly be appreciated.

Take a peek at my new website!

Arts and Greens 2009




2009’s Arts & Greens Holiday Market
Brings The Ultimate Creative Arts Showcase

Award Winning Author Steven Hamilton, live music with Stray Dogs, 40 Artist Booths

Nov. 11, 2009 – Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA) and Bogie Lake Greenhouses, Inc. present Arts and Greens Holiday Market, Friday, Nov 20-Sunday, Nov 22, 1525 Bogie Lake Road, White Lake, MI. Discover the magic in giving original art this holiday season. Free admission and parking. Handicap accessible, family event. Fri. 5pm-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Information at 248-889-8660.
In its fourth year, Arts and Greens takes position as the preeminent Lakes Area holiday shopping experience for buyers seeking exquisite one-of-a-kind art treasures. Jury approval ensures quality, originality, and functionality, making this show a stand-out. Arts and Greens artists, musicians, and authors come from across Michigan and Ohio. Producing work from childrens’ books to historical novels and wearable art to wall art, these top talents represent the region in must-see fashion. Juried artists offer their talents in photography, painting, fine jewelry, handbags, glasswork, accessories, basketry, music, writing, and much more.
HVCA and Bogie Lake Greenhouses offer regional partnering like no other. The festive greenhouse environment highlights our holiday season’s arrival. Who can resist hot mulled cider, live music, wreaths, roping, artistic topiaries, plants, and fabulous art all in one place? Arts and Greens Holiday Market is the premier annual shopping event of Western Oakland County.
Local band “Stray Dogs” accompanies Friday evening’s Early Bird shopping. Detroit’s award winning author of the Alex McKnight mystery series, Steve Hamilton, joins us from his New York home. Mr. Hamilton is the first of several authors to meet during Arts and Greens book signings.
Nick Palise of “Sovereign Blues” and “Dr. Pocket” conducts Saturday’s TUBACHRISTMAS holiday tuba concert and guest sing-along. Doug and Beverly Larson share alternative folk Christmas music. Guitarists Gary Weisenburg and Mary Ann Murphy perform while authors Mike Willihnganz, “Sand Wedge: A Family History of China”, and Glen Ruggles, “Elk Rapids, the First One Hundred Years,” greet and sign. Illustrator Donna Pellegata signs “The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home.” The book’s author,Diane E Dunn signs Sunday. Holiday greens and craft workshops are lead by Bogie Lake Greenhouse personnel and participating artists.
Spring Mills Elementary students provide Sunday’s Empty Bowls pottery. For a donation, enjoy a light lunch and take home the bowl you choose. Empty Bowls proceeds support Highland based Community Sharing Outreach Center. The afternoon features Spring Mills’ choir MORE prior to Susanne Vergeldt’s live fiddle tunes. Signing authors are Linda Robinson, “Chantepleure” and Diane Dunn, “The Harp Mouse Finds Her Home.” Craft workshops are available.
Your Arts and Greens purchases support our region’s economy while making you the star of your own show. No one will bring what you bring. An event for the entire family, Arts and Greens Holiday Market has something for everyone to admire and desire. Let regional style inspire your holiday gifting. We’ll keep the cider hot and see you Nov. 20-22.

Event Schedule
Friday 5pm-8pm: Opening Reception, Early Bird Shopping, Stray Dogs.
5pm-7pm, Author Steve Hamilton

Sat 9am-5pm: Shopping
9am-11am Doug and Beverly Larson
11am- Noon Gary Weisenburg
1pm- Mary Ann Murphy
1pm and 3pm- Holiday greens and crafting workshops
3pm- TUBACHRISTMAS
Authors and Illustrator book signing: 9am Mike Willihnganz,
Noon Glen Ruggles, 2pm DonnaPellegata

Sun 10am-5pm: Shopping
11am- Michele Rogers
11:30am-Empty Bowls fund raiser lunch
1pm- Spring Mills Elementary Choir
1pm and 3pm- Holiday greens and crafting workshops
3pm- Susanne Vergeldt
Author book signing: 11am Linda Robinson, 1pm Diane Dunn

Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA), 205 W. Livingston Road, Highland, MI 48357

CONTACT: Leah Ohmer, Executive Director, 248-889-8660, hvca@comcast.net .

PR Contact: Rebecca Arrington, Side Porch Ind., LLC, 248-756-5589

Friday, November 6, 2009

IF ~ Blur

Ah... to do this again with my kids...it's all a blur to me now!
All grown up and no one to toss!

Please take a moment to look at my new website!

I wouldn't mind a little feedback on that too, if you have a moment.

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation.

When you purchase an item from my store at ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I would most certainly appreciate your donation!

Friday, October 23, 2009

IF~Fast

...that he is. 'nuf said.

except this: above is an illustration from the book "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home, The Adventure Begins" by Diane E Dunn, illustrated by Donna Pellegata.

To purchase book with mouse finger puppet click HERE

without mouse finger puppet click HERE

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation.

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Enchanted Tree of Crooked Lake

(click on poster to enlarge)
I've just wrapped up the illustrations for the next book I've been working on. "The Enchanted Tree of Crooked Lake" written by Rachel Longhurst is to be release early spring 2010. Keep an eye out on Rachel's website and this blog, for updates and musings on the new book's release.

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.


See my store and galleries to the right--->

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Channel 4 News clip and Detroit Free Press Article

...or HERE for the Milford Times article...

See Detroit's Channel 4 Janice Charach Bra Show video here

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.


See my store and galleries to the right--->

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Bra Show Again!

(click picture to enlarge to read)

Get a load of the artists involved with this!

Oh yeah... I'm in it too, with some of my closest friends and FAMOUS PEOPLE!
Thanks to Terri Stearn, Gallery Director, and Hillary Levin, Assistant Director, for all of their incredibly hard work and determination to bring this show together!

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Our Town

Come see my work here on the dates stated above!
...and click on the above flyer to read more about the show!

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

Friday, October 2, 2009

IF ~ Germs

There'll be no germs coming from this sweet kiss!

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation.

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

the bra show

Sister Silence
by Donna Pellegata

The Bra Show
Janice Charach Gallery

6600 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield MI 48322

Opening Saturday October 17th 7pm

Celebrity artists including Peter Soronen, the designer for First Lady Michelle Obama!
(Click on the picture to read all of the exciting details!!!!)

The bra show is a fund raiser for the Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital Charach Cancer Treatment Center in Commerce Township MI. The show runs through December 17th 2009.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

IF ~ Infinite

Infinite Wisdom
fArCiCaL fOlK aRt

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation.

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

Friday, September 11, 2009

IF ~ Welcome

He was not certain he would be welcome...

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation.

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

Saturday, September 5, 2009

IF ~ Strong

Live Strong...
fArCiCaL fOlK aRt

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation.

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

IF ~ Magnify

Her mother believed her beauty would be magnified
by the the size of the lovely green ribbon in her hair...


Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation.

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

Saturday, August 15, 2009

IF ~ Wrapped

...so I wrapped my head around the idea as best I could.
(two wraps for the price of one )
fArCiCaL fOlK aRt

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation.

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

IF ~ Modify

Modify your thinking...
(That should be "too" on the art work. You'll not see it change here.
You'll only see the change if you purchase the art! ;D)
fArCiCaL fOlK aRt

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation.

Come see me at Milford Memories Art Fair this Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 7, 8 and 9, 2009

I'll have a plethora of goodies for you there including fArCiCaL fOlK aRt, hand built greeting cards and several contemporary art pieces

I'll also sign your own copy of my illustrated book

The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins by Diane E Dunn

You'll find me at the VFAA (Village Fine Arts Association) tent along with my other great local Michigan artist friends! I'll be at booth #177/178 signing books from 1:30 - 7:30pm on Saturday August 8th. I'll be there for the rest of the weekend too but in and out of the booth, because I'll be shopping just like YOU!

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

Friday, July 24, 2009

IF ~ Idle

When I was a baby, I had plenty of idle time to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up

…then I just decided I would never grow up.

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.


See my store and galleries to the right--->

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

IF ~ Hollow


It's a hollow victory when your the only one running the race!

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->


Monday, July 6, 2009

IF ~ Shaky

He considered his options due to the poor economy,
he knew his job was on shaky ground.

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

Monday, June 29, 2009

IF ~ Worn

Another cat? Perhaps. For love there is also a season; its seeds must be resown. But a family cat is not replaceable like a worn-out coat or a set of tires. Each new kitten becomes its own cat, and none is repeated. I am four cats old, measuring out my life in friends that have succeeded but not replaced one another.
-- Irving Townsend

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

Saturday, June 20, 2009

IF ~ Drifting

With moonbeams in hand and stardust in eyes,
you're a baby of heaven drifting down from the sky

...this work was done in 2006 but I thought it was good for this weeks Illustration Friday

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will greatly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

enzolicious!

Early every morning I run for 20 minutes on the treadmill that my friend Mary Anne graciously gave to me, before I head upstairs to the studio. Every morning my little dog Enzo stands beside the treadmill while I'm running and puts his nose on the platform. He's so curious he can barely stand it. Well this morning he decided, he couldn't take it any longer and with a little prompting from me, jumped up and started running. I could just eat him with a shovel.


When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will greatly appreciate it.
See my store and galleries to the right.

Monday, June 15, 2009

IF ~ Unfold

The story was about to unfold before his very eyes!

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will greatly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

IF~ Craving

This is a commissioned portrait I did for a customer of mine a while back. I always use him as my poster child to help support small animal rescue shelters, as he too was a rescue. I love the soulful look in his eyes, he is truly craving for someone to love him unconditionally and take him home.

This is Reilly, she is a princess, we purchased her from a breeder (a wonderful breeder in fact) before we knew there were better ways to go about it. It does not lessen her importance any to us that she was from a breeder, there are good ones out there, but there are many bad ones too (google "puppy mills" and see for yourself). After becoming enlightened about no kill animal shelters, animal rescue and how many dogs are hurting and craving love and new homes, we knew that we would go to a rescue shelter to choose our next puppy. Reilly has a personality full of love and understanding for her brother and cousin that came after her. We love her with all our hearts and she loves us with all of hers. I mean come on...look at that schmoopie doopie face...

This is Zeus. He came to us from a local rescue shelter nearby in October of 2008. A wonderful no kill shelter that loves, loves, loves their animals, right up until they find them new homes and after. Zeus was a puppy mill puppy. He was a breeder dog, where they use them for breeding only and kill them when they are done with them. He was in a cage for three or four years, we are not certain of his age, his feet never touched the ground and the cages were stacked on top of each other where they pooped right on to each other through one cage to the next. We adopted him for our daughter Lauren, who fell in love with him at first sight after a long search for a new best friend. He could barely walk, could not go up or down stairs, was afraid of the grass and shook uncontrollably when we held him. Although this is a lovely picture of him, he was a mess...


But not any more! This is a video of Zeus today under the care of his new mom Lauren. Look how happy he is now. What a great feeling Lauren has to have provided Zeus with the love and nurturing that has made him the hambone he is today. Zeus loves her right back, they are inseparable.

This is Enzo, he is Zeus's cousin (our newest baby) also from a rescue nearby. We adopted him in November of 2008 at 4 months and we don't know his full story, except that he came from a puppy mill and that's enough of a story for me. He was very shy and scared from the beginning but has come almost full circle. Now that the weather has warmed up, he has taken to riding the four wheeler with Reilly (with Dean driving of course) and playing chase in the yard. He loves to carry his teddy bear around in his mouth and he CRAVES attention.
This is Enzo today, he is about 10 months old and a gorgeous specimen. He doesn't care about his dashing good looks though, all he cares about is that he has a great home and a family that adores him and that he gets his snacks on request. He adores us right back.

See?


Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here:http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php
When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will greatly appreciate it.
See my store and galleries to the right.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Come see me here this Friday

(click poster to enlarge)
I'll be at the opening reception here this week,
the show will be up the entire month of June.
I will be exhibiting and selling several contemporary art pieces.

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will greatly appreciate it.
See my store and galleries to the right.

Friday, May 29, 2009

IF ~ Adapt

Even if your world has turned upside down,
You can always adapt.

Ah...another week gone by, a little further into spring, closer to summer. Many are having a hard time with the economy, but there's always light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how bad things get, time moves forward... this too shall pass.

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here:http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will greatly appreciate it.
See my store and galleries to the right.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

IF ~ Cracked

I pulled this from the sketchbook I carry around with me. This was rendered the day I was sitting in the waiting room at the hospital while my husband was having his kidney stones removed...poor baby. He'll be glad to know his hoo ha was the inspiration for this piece! I thought it might be fitting for this week's IF.

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here:
http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php
When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will greatly appreciate it. See my store and galleries to the right.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

IF~Contagious

It's been a long week around here. Computer crash, birthday parties, Memorial weekend preparations, late night charity events, book illustrations, so I'm just now getting this up for this weeks challenge...and I'm still as happy as she is. Better late than never!

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php
When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will greatly appreciate it.

Monday, May 11, 2009

IF ~ Parade

Celebrate Mother's Day indeed!

(click on illo to enlarge)

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php
When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Second Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will greatly appreciate it.



See my store and galleries to the right.

Friday, May 1, 2009

illustration friday

Hierarchy


I know my sister loves me,

because she gives me all her old clothes

and has to go out and buy new ones...

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php


You can see most of my art in MY GALLERIES at: http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_20424_profile_portfolio.htm or view my slide shows to the right. You can purchase my illustrated children's book "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins" by Diane E Dunn and the companion mouse puppet, prints and original art or request commissions and at the same time have 10% of your purchase donated to animal charities here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5663698

Friday, April 24, 2009


~ Theater























Now THIS drama princess has a face for the theater!

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php

You can see most of my art in MY GALLERIES at: http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_20424_profile_portfolio.htm or view my slide shows to the right. You can purchase my illustrated children's book "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins" by Diane E Dunn and the companion mouse puppet, prints and original art or request commissions and at the same time have 10% of your purchase donated to animal charities here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5663698

Monday, April 20, 2009

IF~Impossibility























Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php

You can see most of my art in MY GALLERIES at: http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_20424_profile_portfolio.htm or view my slide shows to the right. You can purchase my illustrated children's book "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins" by Diane E Dunn and the companion mouse puppet, prints and original art or request commissions and at the same time have 10% of your purchase donated to animal charities here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5663698

Friday, April 10, 2009

Illustration Friday ~ Fleeting

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher

Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php

You can see most of my art in MY GALLERIES at: http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_20424_profile_portfolio.htm or view my slide shows to the right. You can purchase my illustrated children's book "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins" by Diane E Dunn and the companion mouse puppet, prints and original art or request commissions and at the same time have 10% of your purchase donated to animal charities here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5663698

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Illustration Friday~Talisman

The word for Illustration Friday's week of April 3rd is Talisman...
No better way to be charmed than by this Lucky Pup!..ok... that's a stretch, but you get the picture!
Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php

You can see most of my art in MY GALLERIES at: http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_20424_profile_portfolio.htm or view my slide shows to the right. You can purchase my illustrated children's book "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins" by Diane E Dunn and the companion mouse puppet, prints and original art or request commissions and at the same time have 10% of your purchase donated to animal charities here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5663698

Friday, March 27, 2009

Illustration Friday ~ Poise


Luna was poised with genuine enthusiasm for wherever life would take her next...


Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php




You can see most of my art in MY GALLERIES at: http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_20424_profile_portfolio.htm or view my slide shows to the right. You can purchase my illustrated children's book "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins" by Diane E Dunn and the companion mouse puppet, prints and original art or request commissions and at the same time have 10% of your purchase donated to animal charities here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5663698

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Illustration Friday


Either way you look at it, whether you take the bottle from the baby or you give it to him, you are still subtracting someone's agony.
Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Read more about it here: http://www.illustrationfriday.com/about_p.php
You can see most of my art in MY GALLERIES at: http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_20424_profile_portfolio.htm or view my slide shows to the right. You can purchase my illustrated children's book "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins" by Diane E Dunn and the companion mouse puppet, prints and original art or request commissions and at the same time have 10% of your purchase donated to animal charities here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5663698

Patricia Tribute


I'm feeling a little nostalgic today. I just discovered that my ex-brother in law and his wife have a bit part in the movie "Midnight Bayou" this weekend (Saturday to be exact), on Lifetime TV. I'm so thrilled for them, I know they are so excited, I'M excited FOR them! They sent me a picture of themselves all dressed up for the part and they are so adorable. It made me think of the last time I talked to him which was when I was visiting the home of my sister Patricia, his ex, right after she passed away and he called to offer his condolences. Patti and I would have gotten a big kick out of this news if she was still here....damn.
You can see most of my art in MY GALLERIES at: http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_20424_profile_portfolio.htm or view my slide shows to the right. You can purchase my illustrated children's book "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins" by Diane E Dunn and the companion mouse puppet, prints and original art or request commissions and at the same time have 10% of your purchase donated to animal charities here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5663698

Friday, March 20, 2009

Seriously...Spring has SPRUNG!


Hallelujah!!! There's light at the end of the snow encrusted tunnel!!!Spring has sprung and I can feel it in my bones...it's gonna be a great one! It looks as though this guy is a little apprehensive, not sure whether or not to really believe the snow is gone for good, even though he's sitting right in the middle of the flower bed. Michigan has a sneaky way sometimes of making you think spring is here and then the next day it will snow like crazy. I'm keeping the faith. Nothing makes me appreciate spring more than living here, I seem to notice the smallest of signs that something new is about to happen, starting with SEEING THE GROUND, tiny buds on the most lifeless plants, the sky is a different shade...you know....BLUE. I was witness to the biggest fattest and I'm assuming, most pregnant robin red breast of all time in my front yard yesterday. Three of them to be exact, but one was obviously octo-robin, which might be a normal thing for robins I'm not sure. I know they have a few at a time, but I'm not certain if eight is the actual number. The buds are swelling on my lilac bushes outside of my windows, one of the very first signs that there will be glorious renewed life in my gardens. Good-bye winter...don't let the door hit ya where the sun don't shine (literally)...see ya, wouldn't wanna be ya... Welcome spring...your room is ready!
You can see most of my art in MY GALLERIES at: http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_20424_profile_portfolio.htm or view my slide shows to the right. You can purchase my illustrated children's book "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins" by Diane E Dunn and the companion mouse puppet, prints and original art or request commissions and at the same time have 10% of your purchase donated to animal charities here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5663698

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Finesse of the Feline Fanny

This has always been a favorite of mine. Although the original acrylic has long been sold, the prints continue to be a big success. Even though I no longer have a cat, I always had one while growing up until a few years back (not the growing up... I mean having a cat. I still haven't grown up and don't intend to any time soon). As time has passed, I've decided to wad my dogs and cats up into one convenient package. My dogs are now the size of cats, have the same demanding attitude as cats and while they too think they are ruling the roost, they at least make it outside to pee, unlike my last cat did as he reached old age. I do remember though that much of the time I had this view of my feline's fanny... his choice...not mine.


You can see most of my art in MY GALLERIES at: http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_20424_profile_portfolio.htm or view my slide shows to the right. You can purchase my illustrated children's book "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins" by Diane E Dunn and the companion mouse puppet, prints and original art or request commissions and at the same time have 10% of your purchase donated to animal charities here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5663698

Monday, March 9, 2009

EBSQ Art of the Day


I'm honored to have had my work featured for EBSQ's Art of the Day on 03/07/2009. This particular work is titled "Groovy kind of Love." I have displayed this piece here before but since it has been honored, I feel like it needs to be displayed again. I am a huge rescue dog advocate (in my family, we own two) and this little guy just happens to be a rescue also. I donate a portion of my sales on Etsy to Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven in Howell Mi. You can read more about this EBSQ featured work and see each day's featured art here: http://www.ebsqart.com/ArtOfTheDay/cmd_20090307_ArtOfTheDay_Pastels.htm
What is EBSQ?
EBSQ is a creative space that provides art marketing tools and serves as a hub for the self rep and indie artist community.
The theme for last week was Pastels.
A pastel is a stick of pure, ground pigment held together with a binder. Some prefer the more chalky soft or hard pastels. Some prefer oil pastels. All require practice, but in the right hands, pastels are a medium without peer.
Thank you EBSQ for including me in last week's featured art!


You can see most of my art in MY GALLERIES at: http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_20424_profile_portfolio.htm or view my slide shows to the right. You can purchase my illustrated children's book "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins" by Diane E Dunn and the companion mouse puppet, prints and original art or request commissions and at the same time have 10% of your purchase donated to animal charities here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5663698

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Update on The Artist Project by Gerry and Lori Pas!!!

photo courtesy of Gerry Pas

This from Lori Pas:
Yep! It's still news!
Amy Lockhard, a very fun & talented reporter & videographer for the Spinal Column Newspaper, contacted Gerry & I recently and asked about the AP. She knew it was "old news," yet wanted to know what had transpired since then. So she came to interview us & her video-interview came out TODAY. Please watch it by going to http://www.spinalcolumnonline.com/ --Once you get there, scroll down the page to the bottom right & THERE IT IS! ENJOY! We love our precious community of artists! We continue to be inspired by you and we continue to THANK each and every one of you!
With love & hugs,
Lori & Gerry
You can see The Artist Project website here: http://www.theartistsproject.com/
To purchase a book contact Lori or Gerry Pas at glolight@comcast.net

You can see most of my art in MY GALLERIES at: http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_20424_profile_portfolio.htm or view my slide shows to the right. You can purchase my illustrated children's book "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins" by Diane E Dunn and the companion mouse puppet, prints and original art or request commissions and at the same time have 10% of your purchase donated to animal charities here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5663698