Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another License by Hallmark Cards

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Squirrel at Cocktail Hour...Cheers!

A couple of months ago I blogged about Hallmark Cards contacting me to license my squirrel drinking a cocktail photograph that's shown above.

Well, they licensed my picture again! According to the contract, Hallmark Cards will pay me every time they want to license the image for a new design concept, and that includes if the sentiment on the card changes. So now they have two design concepts to work with and they've licensed my photograph for three years for each concept.

I'm of course very happy about this new development. Artists and photographers can't even submit their work to Hallmark, so I'm especially thrilled that they searched me out in the first place.

My photograph has been licensed for cards only, so hopefully at least one of the design concepts will make its way onto published greeting cards in the not too distant future.

I can also continue to sell the image on my own. If you're interested in purchasing a print of Tipsy the Squirrel enjoying her cocktail, please click on the photograph above to be taken to my third-party printer, Fine Art America.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pigs Gone Wild!

The other I was driving down a logging road to one of my usual hiking spots when I saw a surprising sight: two baby pigs ran from the road into the woods nearby. I pulled over and the piglets soon emerged and continued eating some grain that had been thrown on the road.

They were such cute little guys with unusual black and white coats. One of them got a little curious about me sitting in my car, taking pictures.

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Baby Pigs

The piglet started to approach while the other little one continued to vacuum the road.

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Feral Piglets

 Curiosity got the better of the pig and he walked even closer. I've often experienced a baby animal being so curious about my clicking camera that it seems to lose all fear.

Piglet Closeup

Eventually the pig went back to eating alongside his sibling. I made the mistake of throwing them a date that I had in my knapsack...both of them squealed and bolted into the woods. I waited for awhile but they didn't return.

The next day I was driving down the same road and came across an even more amazing sight: a whole tribe of pigs of various sizes including the two babies and, judging by her full teats, their mother. There were seven pigs in all. Again, I pulled over and whipped out my camera to document the scene.

Family of Feral Pigs

To be honest, I'm not sure if these are feral pigs or if they belong to a nearby farm. I'd noticed the owner of the farm putting up a sturdier fence so it's possible the pigs kept escaping and that was her incentive.

After the pigs and I had a staring contest, I eventually figured out that they wanted to cross the road safely and were unsure about me sitting there. Finally their leader (mama pig, pictured on the right), seemed to understand that I was harmless and the pigs crossed in front of my van and trotted up somebody's driveway.

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Tribe of Pigs with Big Mama

I guess the new fence worked because I haven't seen the group of pigs since.

You never know what you're going to see around here...never a dull moment!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fine Wine and Art Offer


I have a special offer to tell you about today. From now until the end of July, any purchase of my artwork on my website hosted by Fine Art America will come with a $100 gift certificate towards your first purchase of wine on Take advantage by following the link below.

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Is that a great deal or what? Enjoy!
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day!


I want to wish my fellow Canadians a Happy Canada Day! The weather here is gorgeous and I hope the sun is shining for you wherever you are.

I thought this photograph of a beaver family was an appropriate shot to post today since the beaver is Canada's national animal. I photographed the happy family pictured above behind our local post office where there's a marsh with a boardwalk over it. There was a small island right next to the boardwalk and the beavers weren't too shy about settling in there for a fine meal of bullrush stalks. Judging by her size, the beaver on the left is mama, and she's busy grooming...beavers are constantly spreading the oil from their glands over their fur, especially after they've been in the water. Big Daddy (on the right) is chowing down and baby beaver is looking on, begging for food by the looks of him.

The first time I heard a baby beaver was a startling experience. Did you know that they cry just like a human baby? This family had two babies and one of them was constantly crying and couldn't seem to bare being alone for a moment. The other baby had a very different personality and was quite independent. I've noticed how animals seem to develop their own personality right from the get-go and that's how you can tell them apart.

Anyway, enjoy your special day celebrating our amazing country, my fellow Canucks!

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