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Arwyn the Happy Pup: Art Auction to Benefit Animal Rescue

"Arwyn" Painting by BZTAT

If you were at (or watched the live broadcast of) the dedication of the “Safe Animals Safe Kids” mural, you know that a very special pup helped with cutting the ribbon. Arwyn is a rescue dog from Friends of Stark Pound, and her smiles livened up the event, along with several other pups. I decided to paint her picture and donate 10% of the proceeds to the rescue group who hosted her, Friends of Stark Pound.

Arwyn was taken to another rescue in Pennsylvania soon after the event, so we are not sure whether she has been adopted yet. I am trying to find out.

Here is the info about the painting:

10″ X 14″ painting on wood by artist BZTAT

Leave bids in increments of $10 below in the comments section.

Minimum Bid $60 USD

Shipping: $25 USA $45 International

BUY NOW OPTION: You can buy this piece now for $125 as long as no bids have been made in the comments below. Simply write BUY NOW in the comments and send a payment of $125 + shipping via PayPal to bztat at bztat.com.

Highest bid at 10 pm EST Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 wins the piece.

Winning bidder: send payment of bid + shipping to Paypal using email address: bztat at bztat.com

Please allow 4 weeks for shipping, as the painting will need hardware and other finishing before they can be shipped.

On a budget but still want a portrait of your pet?

Romeo the Cat portrait
"Romeo" Folk Art Pet Portrait Painting by BZTAT

Up until recently, I have only painted custom pet portraits in my pop art style. These paintings require a lot of preparation in advance of the painting, and my detailed layering technique also is very time consuming. Capturing a very distinct likeness of the animal and its unique character in a semi-abstract style is also an exacting process. As a result, I have had to raise my prices considerably over the past year.

I do not regret raising my prices, even though I know that it has led to reduced sales. The paintings are worth what I am charging, in fact, they truly are worth more than what I am charging.

That said, I want to offer portraits that are a little more affordable to those who are watching their budgets in these uncertain economic times.

I have decided to offer portraits that are not quite as detailed and customized. Many people have enjoyed the quick folk art paintings that I have created in my paint-a-thons, so I have decided to offer these as an option for custom portraits. I can do these for a more economical price and, well, heck. They are fun to paint!

You can see examples of both pet portrait painting options here along with price lists.

So what are you waiting for? Why not spend all that holiday cash you got on a memorable piece of art that will keep on giving for years to come?

By the way, the cat in the painting above is none other than the cyber superstar Romeo the Cat, who has raised thousands and thousands of dollars to help animal rescue organizations. Romeo, you are an inspiration!

Going to the Dogs Paint-a-Thon

Cosmo Havanese

BarkWorld was one of those great events where I had the chance to meet online pals face to face.

Usually I am only able to talk to these folks through a computer. But when I get to meet them without a computer, it is hard to make myself spend time blogging about it while it is happening.

I will write about my latest adventure – BarkWorld Expo 2010 very soon. I especially want to write about the GMC Terrain that was provided to me as part of the GMC Bark-N-Ride. It was a great vehicle, and I am very grateful that I got a chance to drive one to Atlanta, GA for the BarkWorld Expo 2010.

Right now, however, I want to share the inspiration that I gained from the trip with you.

I saw lots of great dogs at the event, and afterward, I went to the Atlanta Folk Fest for my art “fix”.

I came back with so many creative ideas, I have decided to do a paint-a-thon to share some them with you.

On Thursday, August 26, 2010, I will engage in an exclusive “Paint-A-Thon”, painting animal themed artworks non-stop from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm in my studio at 336 4th St. NW, Canton, OH.

All works created in that 12 hours will be auctioned off in a silent auction online via Twitter Thursday, August 26, 2010.  Bidding on BZTAT artworks will begin at 9:00 pm EDT and conclude around 11:00 pm EDT.

Honestly, I am doing this so that I can keep the doors open at BZTAT Studios. It is costly to keep an artist studio operating. I will, however, give 10% of the sales to Romeo The Cat’s FurPower charity for this month, Second Chance Pet Adoptions.

Follow my tweets (hashtag #bztatptg) during the 12-hour stretch to watch the paintings develop. Then participate in the auction from 9 pm – 11pm EDT.

Auction Bidding Instructions:

  • If you would like to submit a bid on Twitter, please send a tweet with the word BID in all caps,  your bid amount and #bztatptg written in the tweet.
  • Your profile must be visible in Tweetgrid for us to receive the bid.
  • All bids must be in $5.00 increments.
  • The lowest bid for all works will be $40.
  • Bid winners will receive instructions to pay the winning bid via PayPal plus $20 US shipping or $40 international shipping per painting.
  • A 10-minute warning will be tweeted to announce the conclusion of the auction 10 minutes before bidding stops.
  • It is recommended that interested Twitterers follow the action on Tweetgrid to get real time updates. (We are not responsible for any technical difficulties that may occur as a result of Twitter or associated application interruptions.)
  • Follow the #bztatptg hashtag on Twitter to follow all the action. You do not have to bid to join in the fun!

Date: Thursday, August 26, 2010

Paint-a-thon Time: 9 am – 9 pm (EDT)

Auction Time: 9 pm – 11 pm (EDT)

My paint-a-thons are a great way to find some affordable bargains on artwork that my never come around again.

I hope you will join me for this special event. I promise to have some new and fresh images that have not been seen before.

Have suggestions for what you’d like me to paint? Leave them in the comments below.