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Rescue: My other job

This winter didn't exactly go as I had planned.
I had planned to spend it experimenting with some new ideas and techniques, and some new subjects.  That isn't what happened.  A group of people I've worked with in the past to rescue dogs in S. Korea pulled together into a more official unit, calling ourselves Team Inch, and we spent the winter saving dogs!  I was able to use my art to help out, too, designing a logo, website, facebook pages and fundraisers.  Check us out!  

Slightly aged news:

If you haven't already, check out my new Commercial Art page!

Reminder: Add a Human

I'm officially encouraging you to consider adding a human to your commissioned portrait.

You always could, but I really want to encourage this possibility.  My fascination with the way humans and animals interact is hungry to express itself in my art.  When we look at our pet portraits, we hope to feel some of the love we have for that pet; I'd like to capture that actual bond, to focus on the way you (or your child, or friend, or grandmom ...) IS with that dog or cat or hamster (etc.).  So, while you're thinking about your commission, I hope you'll consider the possibility of adding the human presence in the portrait itself.

What's on my Easel?

Katie, pet portrait by Xan Blackburn, acrylic on Aquabord, greyhound portrait, greyhound
acrylic on Aquabord, 8" x 10"
©Xan Blackburn

Katie was much-loved, and is deeply missed.  Friends of her humans pulled together to make a gift of this memorial portrait.  I am deeply honored by their trust. 

Both of Katie's humans are also artists, so to say I was a little intimidated is to be exercising understatement.  I hope they will be pleased and comforted by the painting for many years to come.

You can follow my progress on my blog.

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