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September 20, 2017

 "Chelonian Treasures"   16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas

 

October is almost upon us! I can't believe how fast the days are going by and how little I seem to accomplish. Must be the shorter daylight hours!

Autumn is my favorite time of the year so I'm looking forward to all the fall weather and activities that go along with it, even if it means winter is getting closer. BOOO!

 

Anyway, here is a painting I've been working on and finally finished. Chelonians are the order of reptiles including turtles, terrapins and tortoises. We own a tortoise and temporarily housed my grandmother's pet turtle, they gave me the idea to include turtles in my ocean series. I also felt that in keeping with my mission to bring awareness and help to animals in need that I paint a species that has been suffering due to our carelessness. Turtles die everyday from being caught in fishing line, nets and trash and subsequently drowning from the entanglement. Abdominal obstruction also occurs when these animals eat trash, like plastic bags, that resemble one of their favorite foods, jellyfish. They are unable to digest the plastic and if not removed surgically they will die.

 

In honor of these peaceful and beautiful creatures I will donate 20% of the sale of this piece to the Animal Welfare Institute to help in their mission for cleaner oceans, animal safety and welfare and to minimize the impact we humans have on this earth. 

Close up of "Chelonian Treasures" 

 

There, that little rant is over. I get very passionate about animals and their well being! I hope you are sill reading after all that! 

 

I was able to get a lot of good photos for paintings at the horse show we attended and once I have finished with my ocean series I will get to work on creating some paintings of these and other show horses.

I will also be working on some commissioned pieces, I still have a few slots left for 2017. I will stop taking commissions for the year on December 1st and will resume again in the spring. If you are looking for gift ideas pet portraits make a lovely present! Contact me for details. 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events!

 

October:

I will be at the Walpole, NH Town Hall for their annual Fall Art Festival Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th from 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days. Please stop over and say "Hello!"

I will have original artworks, note cards and a few prints of select pieces available. 

 

November:

I will be at Trinity Christian School in Keene, NH for their annual Arts & Crafts Fundraiser on Saturday, November 4th from 10:00am - 4:00pm.

 

 Thanks for reading the blog and I hope you have a very beautiful and peaceful autumn season!

 

Until next time, 

 

Nicole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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