You may have been following my Facebook page where I’ve been updating followers about Jimmy and Lorcan, two very special donkeys that I have been painting to raise money for the Donkey Sanctuary. (Read my last blog entry to get the full story here.)
I am delighted to announce that both paintings are now complete and I wish to share with you the final paintings. (Please note: the final prints won’t have a copyright watermark)
This is Jimmy, he’s a character, he loves posing for the camera and pulls the funniest faces, I just couldn’t resist painting him! He was only a year old when he was relinquished to The Donkey Sanctuary from Ennis, Co.Clare. He was hand fed by the staff and he received expert veterinary, farrier and dental care and is one of the many much loved donkeys that can be visited at the Sanctuary.
And this is Lorcan. When Lorcan was only a year old he was chased by youths into barbed wire leaving his ears badly damaged. Now at the ripe old age of 19 he is very well taken care of at The Donkey Sanctuary and is very popular with visitors. He enjoys lots of love and affection and on a wet day snuggles up in the barn.
Lorcan’s story was made extra special when on Friday last one of the limited edition prints of Lorcan was presented to President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina on their visit to the Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll. I’m sure Lorcan will take pride of place in the Áras!
L/r Sabina Higgins President’s wife, Paddy Barrett Founder The Donkey Sanctuary, The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and Noel Carton Head of Operations The Donkey Sanctuary.
These prints can now be ordered from me at firstname.lastname@example.org and purchased here from my website. A limited edition run of only 50 signed and framed archival prints for €75 each will be made of each donkey with proceeds going to The Donkey Sanctuary. The prints are the perfect unique Christmas present for the animal-lover in your life or why not put it on your own wish list and treat yourself to a beautiful piece of art?!
There are only 50 prints of each donkey available so to avoid disappointment please make sure to place your order today so it arrives in time for Christmas. Orders can be collected from The Donkey Sanctuary in Cork on request. If you want the print delivered, please allow €8.60 for delivery to anywhere in Ireland. Each print will carry the story of Jimmy and Lorcan and arrive in a lovely presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. You can place your order in advance by emailing your name and address directly to me at email@example.com
Paintings for the Donkey Sanctuary; A treat for art lovers and donkey lovers!
Those of you who follow me on Facebook will know that the Donkey Sanctuary is the other charity I have chosen to work with this Christmas. I am currently working on two Paintings for the Donkey Sanctuary and I will sell limited edition prints of the paintings to raise money for the charity before Christmas.
I am familiar with the charity for years as the Sanctuary is close to where I grew up at home in North Cork. Breda Clancy is the lady behind fundraising for the charity and she loved the idea of me creating some Paintings for the Donkey Sanctuary. I travelled up to Liscarroll at the end of September to take some photos of the donkeys. If you’ve never visited the sanctuary I highly recommend it. Kids absolutely love it and you can walk the grounds and visit all the donkeys on the site. It’s sure to turn any frown upside down!
It’s true the saying, never work with children or animals!!
It’s true the saying, never work with children or animals as the donkeys certainly have a mind of their own and getting the photos I wanted proved difficult. Stuart and his team were very patient with me as they guided about 5 different donkeys in front of the camera. Finally we found that the temptation of a ginger nut biscuit perked their interest and before long I had the photos I needed!!
So my Donkey Sanctuary muses are Jimmy and Lorcan. This is Jimmy, he’s a character, he always pushed his way in front of the other donkeys to have his photo taken and pulled the funniest faces, I just could’t resist painting him.
Lorcan is probably the smallest donkey I’ve ever seen, often nudged out by the bigger donkeys when it comes to getting your attention but his unusual bent ears made me notice him. This is the lovely Lorcan.
Turns out when Lorcan was only a year old he was chased by youths into barbed wire leaving his ears badly damaged. Now at the ripe old age of 19 he is very well taken care of at the Sanctuary and is well able to fight his corner when a ginger nut biscuit is up for grabs!
The Paintings for the Donkey Sanctuary will be completed later this month, in time for Christmas, and will make a beautiful gift for any animal lover with the added benefit of supporting a much loved charity. A limited edition run of only 50 signed and framed archival prints (€75 each) will be made of Lorcan and Jimmy with profits going directly to the charity. Each print will carry the story of the donkey so you can follow their unique journey. You can place your order in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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