Charity Prints for the Irish Guide Dogs

You may have been following my Facebook page where I’ve been updating followers about Scully and Toby, two very beautiful Irish Guide Dogs that I have been painting to raise money for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. (Read my last blog entry to get the full story here).

In the last blog about the Guide Dogs I promised to share with you how I painted Scully, a labrador retriever. I painted Scully in watercolour and here’s how he came to life:A watercolour painting of an Irish Guide Dog

Drum roll….here is the final painting, (of course the final prints won’t have a copyright watermark):

Watercolour painting of Guide Dog

And here is the second painting I finished for the Irish Guide Dogs, this is the adorable Toby:

Print of Toby, an Irish Guide Dog

These prints can now be ordered from me at art@siobhanduggan.ie 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 dog with proceeds going to the Irish Guide Dogs. The prints are the perfect unique Christmas present for the dog-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 dog 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 headquarters of the Irish Guide Dogs 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 the dog 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 art@siobhanduggan.ie
Limited edition prints for Irish Guide Dogs

Charity Prints for the Donkey Sanctuary

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.

Painting of Jimmy the Donkey

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.

Painting of Donkey Lorcan

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!

President Michael D. Higgins and wife Sabina accepting a print of Lorcan from the Donkey Sanctuary

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 art@siobhanduggan.ie 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 art@siobhanduggan.ie
Prints of Donkeys from Donkey Sanctuary

Paintings for the Donkey Sanctuary

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. Photo of Jimmy the Donkey

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.
Photo of Lorcan the Donkey
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 art@siobhanduggan.ie

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Paintings for the Irish Guide Dogs

Paintings for the Irish Guide Dogs; A treat for art lovers and dog lovers!

At the beginning of the year I came up with an idea of fundraising for some animal charities. The idea was to paint two animals from each charity and sell limited edition prints of the paintings. I decided to concentrate on two such charities based in Cork. The first charity I chose to work with is the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, a National charity with headquarters based on the Model Farm Road in Cork. My earliest memory of the Irish Guide Dogs charity was collecting silver aluminium foil from chocolate wrappers in National School for the Guide Dogs. (At the time I didn’t understand what in earth the dogs could do with these wrappers but I insisted that it was very important to keep eating lots of chocolate just so I could help those dogs!!)

I contacted Anne Burns Fundraising Administrator with the Irish Guide Dogs to tell her of my idea of creating some Paintings for the Irish Guide Dogs to help raise some funds for the charity. Anne was really enthusiastic about the project and she invited me to come to the centre to photograph the dogs last month. The opportunity of visiting the Guide Dogs filled me with great excitement. I always associated the golden retriever or labrador with the Guide Dogs but I was amazed to see the varied breeds of dogs; Labradoodle, (labrador x poodle) Golden Doodle (Golden Retriever x Poodle), German Shepherd x Golden Retriver. Anne introduced me to Olive O’Sullivan a Senior Guide Dog Trainer and she explained about how the Guide Dogs offer a comprehensive suite of services which enable both blind and vision impaired persons and families of children with Autism to achieve increased independence and an improved quality of life; The Guide Dog Programme for people who are blind or vision impaired and the Assistance Dog Programme for families of children with autism. She told me all the ways these dogs can change the lives of the people who receive them. They really are awesome animals.

The two Paintings for the Irish Guide Dogs I chose to paint are both Labrador x Retriever Cross.

It’s hard not to fall in love with these dogs, one in particular was Toby, he was so affectionate. At every opportunity between shots he would come over and rest his head on my shoulder *heart-melter!*. It didn’t surprise me one bit to learn that Toby will be going on the assistance programme and will make one little boy or girl very happy indeed.

Here is an amazing video that explains alot better than I ever could about the amazing work of the Irish Guide Dogs.

The two Paintings for the Irish Guide Dogs I chose to paint are both Labrador x Retriever Cross. Here are photographs of the little heroes, aren’t they gorgeous!
Photos of Irish Guide Dogs Scully and Toby

That’s Scully on the left and Toby on the right, they are both 18 months old. In my next blog I will show you the development of the painting of Scully. To make sure you don’t miss the next installment, click on the RSS feed button (that’s the orange button on the far right) and have updates sent directly to your email.

The Paintings for the Irish Guide Dogs will be completed later this month, in time for Christmas, and will make a beautiful gift for any dog 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 each dog with profits going directly to the charity. Each print will carry the story of the dog so you can follow their unique journey. You can place your order in advance by emailing art@siobhanduggan.ie

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