Friday, January 16, 2015

New Jack Russell Art

© rebecca collins /

This adorable Jack Russell had a lovely original photograph to work from. This is a rush project for a new client.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pet Portrait Sale Valentine Deal

© rebecca collins /
It is time to think about Valentine's Day
... you can save 50% on either a small 12 x 12 or a large 24 x 24 sized custom pet portrait. This is a non-proofing deal ... that means if you let me loose with my creativity I will do my very best unrestricted work for you. It is wonderful deal if you have worked with us before and you know and trust the quality of work that I do.  Click this link to order in time for Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mosaic Monday / Switch Plates!

Hey guys, my new website is up and running. You can still find out what I am doing with mosaics here with my Mosaic Monday posts, however if you want the full scoop please do check out

Last weekend I played with some favorite pals and created mosaic switch plates!  These were fast and fun and I want to make more now.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Studio Sneak Peek

The construction at the house is coming along great. I am starting to get really excited about my new studio. During the holiday months of November and December I did not even have time to worry about when the project would be completed. Now that work is slowing down here at Art Paw I am super impatient and ready for the building to be done.  I suppose I could use the next couple of months to purge  my belongings and declutter our lives a wee bit before we get to move into the new space.  Below is a video tour of the studio in progress....

Monday, January 05, 2015

Mosaic Monday/ 52 Mosaics!

"Robot #1811
2.5 x 3.5
© rebecca collins
available for purchase

-----  New year and new Mosaic goals  ----
Inspired by both mosaic artist Margo Anton  and the painting a day artists I have decided to try and do one small scale mosaic per week this year. Margo tackled one per day for an entire year, and while I would love to try and devote time every single day to mosaic making, I know I can not make that happen, but one small mosaic per week seems very doable.

How I will play .....
I will be creating mosaics that range in size from 2.5 x 3.5 inches on up to 6 x 6 inches. I will be experimenting with both abstract and figurative subjects. I will be starting a blog just for this experiment and will go into detail on that blog about the work and what it opens up for me. I will also be making these works available for sale in my Snobby Robot Big Cartel Shop and over on Etsy.  Next week I will share a link to the new blog once I launch it.

Doing the Math ....
I always tell young and emerging artists that think they want to make a living doing art full time that the 1st step is to just do the math.  I did that with Art Paw when I decided I wanted to make a real income with pet portraiture. I looked at what my husband was bringing in each month and decided I wanted to match it and so I figured out just how many pet portraits that would take. That was way back in 1998. Five years later in 2003 I was starting to realize my financial goals.  What does it mean for me to now "do the math with fine art mosaics"? Well I have no fantasy or desire to make a full time living with my part time passion .... not just yet anyway. I do however want to continue to share my mosaic work by placing it in collector homes and I do want to make a decent part time income with it.  So I have a financial goal and I am writing it on a scrap of paper and placing it in a red envelope and sticking it on my bulletin board.  I will let you guys know next year at this time if I make it. Wish me Luck!