"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
With Valentine's Day just around the corner lets take a moment to celebrate the beautiful animals that do us the honor of gracing our lives and walking beside us both physically and in memory. In their many glorious shapes and sizes: From the great and proud Clydesdale horse, down to a small guinea pig with its cute little ears and loud squeak! What ever form they take they play such a huge part in our lives and teach us a lot if we are listening, and they also teach us unconditional love. Having a bad day? They are always there for you. Need someone to talk to? They are there without a hit of judgement in their eyes. They are the ones who truly know and accept ALL of you.
This will be my first February in over a decade and a half without back up from my Zen Master/Meditation expert/Supreme Overlord of the house/King of Cats/sleep regulator/de-stressor/trusted judge of character/Therapist/friend, Livingstone, who crossed the rainbow bridge in May 2017 age 17. I still miss my oldest and dearest friend, our 17 years together was a serious love affair and I treasure times and the memories we shared; from that tiny little RSPCA rescue kitten that could fit in the palm of my 7yo self, to the gloriously regal Jeremy Irons type character of his later years.
So let us thank all the sloppy kisses and wet noses, the soft and extremely stroakable and soft fur. The horses, the cats and dogs, the birds and fish; all those who walk crawl, swim, fly or slither, Let's thank them for being them! And for so much more!
Give your animals a hug from me.
PS: And as a special treat for all you wonderful readers, lets have some fun and do a little anthropomorphizing with your animals!
"Which famous person do you identify your pet with and why?"
All you have to do is leave a comment bellow and one lucky person drawn at random the day after Valentine's day: I'll draw a pencil sketch of your pet! Make sure you tell ALL your friends! This should be fun!!
UPDATE: I'm extending this until the end of the week, so don't forget to comment!
Love came down at Christmas,
Hello my dear blog readers!
Firstly, I want to wish you all a very Merry and safe Christmas, and a truly awesome New Year!!
For me, 2017 has been pretty crazy and I know for a lot of other people it has been pretty full on, so I hope that 2018 is filled with many great things for you guys!
And for those of you who have supported me this year, it has been tremendous, I would like to say a HUGE MASSIVE THANK YOU!! I couldn't have come this far without you xx.
Secondly I want to share my 2017 Christmas card (painting) and WOW I am actually for once on time! Which is seriously amazing, normally I am struggling right at the last minute to get it done, it would seem that one of the unexpected upsides of working in a library is becoming semi efficient! *does a fist pump and crossed that off the very long list of 2017 new year resolutions*
Once again, it features my dear little Shetland pony, Ruby - Donna, Grace and Cygnet are a little put out that the little munchkin won out on this very prestigious honor for the second year in a row....
She did ask very politely... and if Ruby came up to you and tugged on your sleeve gently and asked, could you really resist this? --->
Anyways I hope you like it =)
I'm thinking of doing a print run of this, so if you are interested please, please let me know. It would look very cute on your wall.. ;) and as a special offer, if you send me a message or comment below that you want one, you are entitled to a 5% discount when they go on sale!
Also I will be definitely turning this one into a card and/or postcards so stay tuned, they will probably be available on my Etsy store some time mid January/February. I don't know about you, but I'm very excited!!
So before I wrap this up (yeah, the pun is totally intended!) dear blog readers I have a couple of questions for you and I thank you in advance for answering any of these questions!
Have a fantastic Christmas, which we hope is filled with much rest, magic and wonder!
Best wishes and warm holiday greetings to you & all your family from:
Siobhan, Donna -the sassy & savvy Coffin Bay Brumby, Grace- the shy & beautiful Waler, Ruby- the adorably small and bighearted Shetland, and Cygnet- the smart and rebellious teen, and the rest of the menagerie who are too numerous to list.. xx
“Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your older self.”
Can you believe its December already??
Wow, what a year. Not sure if I'm glad its nearly over or I want a do over..
Its been a very busy time for me, and then there has been a ton of stress and heart break.. The thing that hit me the hardest this year was losing my beautiful cat, Livingstone, my oldest friend who has been faithfully by my side for amazing 18 years..
There has been some really good stuff happen too. Just seem to be so busy that I don't even have time to daydream anymore!
But..that said, I'm pretty proud of myself for getting my art website launched (I have only been thinking about it for nearly two years.. but the good thing I guess about that, was I had time to really practice my craft so I can really showcase my art now. So, I think it happened when it was supposed to happen? Its a nice thought anyways...) and my Etsy store, AND an Instagram page, all the while juggling with a new job and various other life things which hasn't been easy.. wow that really does seem like a lot when I list it like that! okay I'm feeling slightly better about my achievements this year.. hmm.. wow.. okay.
Anyways, how did 2017 fair for you? Any highlights you are bursting to share?
If you are running late with your Christmas shopping or just can't find the right thing for someone special, I may have the solution to your problem:
I'm offering 15% OFF all prints on my Etsy store!
All you have to do to redeem is click this link! -> DARKHORSEPRINTS15
Only valid until Dec 18th
OR! Special #2
Delight all your friends and give them a pony this Christmas!
I have x4 'Can I have a pony' pack of 3 cards! for just $10AUD (plus P&H)
They are super cute and would make a beautiful gift all by themselves!
Each card is individually packed in a cello bag and bundled together with either a silver cord or red ribbon and decorated with a cute reusable charm.
Plus as an extra special I'll throw in a couple of really cute small Ruby magnets!
OR!! Special #3
Assorted Dreamingofdarkhorses Art Packs! $15AUD
Hurry I only have 4 currently available: (sorry pics coming soon)
Mares & Magic!
A Little pack of Magic!
Packed full of magic!
Each pack contains:
1 A4 print (see all my available prints on Etsy)
1 Card and envelope
A little blurb, and a cute charm!
Total value over $20!
In other news, I now have a Ko-fi page! I got curious after seeing loads of other artist using it and thought I'd try it out!
COFFFFEEEEEE... I love the stuff, it helps and inspires me to get stuff done.. (some days I would be totally lost without you... I'm actually practicing painting with it, gotta say it will make things easier for me and I wont have to worry when I accidentally try to wash my brush out in my coffee cup instead of my water cup.. yeah it actually happens quite a lot...)
So no obligations but if you want to, please click the button bellow and buy me a coffee! or if you just want to check it all out, that's cool too =)
So that's that for now, thanks very much for reading!
If you would like to comment or have something to say, please don't feel shy about leaving a comment, I'd love to hear from you!
2017 Summary of my art
I have a longer post currently in progress, but I thought I'd just put this up in the meantime..
Just a quick look at my Gracie art over the last few years.
Looking at it like this, I'm actually amazed at my improvement. It will be interesting to see it in another four years..wow that is a pretty exciting prospect!!
Weeee! this is my first post on this blog!
So for those of you who don't know me out there I'm Siobhan (aka dreamingofdarkhorses - this is a name holds special meaning to me on multiple levels)
You've made your way to my website and blog, but did you also know that I have a DeviantArt Page, Etsy and Instagram? Please be sure to go check them out! I'm currently working on creating a mailing list, so please stay tuned for that! (honestly though its very exciting having a new website and stuffs, but working on multiple platforms to advertise and draw attention to your artwork seriously is exhausting... please hang in with me if I haven't done something correctly I really am trying, any feedback you have would be greatly appreciated =)
Okay, As a special offer in my Etsy shop for the holidays add the Code: DARKHORSES10 at the checkout and you will receive 10% off your order! Also all orders of cards between now and the 28th of December who refer to this blog post will get an extra card tucked into their order! =D so definitely take advantage of these special holiday offers! Also if you think there is a piece of art in my dA gallery that you would like to see as cards, or prints please contact me! (sorry but I can't reproduce commissioned art, If you would like something specially done of your pet, please head over to my Etsy site and order a commission from me).
That's all for now. Thanks for reading and please stay tuned for future posts!
Siobhan is a Visual Artist Connecting Animal Lovers with Customized & Magical Animal Portraits, and an optimistic realist with a day job.