January 2019 Photo Contest: Dogs – The Results

If you missed my prior post, for the month of January I held a photo contest. The theme for January was Dogs, since January is my dog’s birthday month!  Everyone posted their dog photos on my Facebook post, and I have had the daunting task of picking the winner.  I had no idea how hard picking winners for this photo contest would be!  Thank you to all who entered the contest – your dogs are all beautiful!  If your dog didn’t make the “winners”, “finalists” or “contenders” list, it is no reflection on your dog, but could be the clarity of the photo, or even the format, since the winner gets a free 6″x6″ original painting, and some photos didn’t crop well to a square format.  Keep in mind the photo requirements:

Photo should be a close up of the face, at the dog’s eye level, not looking down at your dog, but not so close that the nose appear bigger than it is.  Photo should have a good range of lights and darks, show the dog’s eyes and expressions and capturing his/her personality.  A little background around pet is fine, but the pet should take up approx. 3/4’s of the photo.

So I saved all submitted dog photos to a folder as they were posted, then after the deadline, Jan. 31st, I went through and chose “contenders”, then “finalists” and finally the top three.  So the winners are……


First Place – Sadie

1st Place Winner receives a free 6″x6″ original painting on canvas, or the choice of upgrading to a larger size with the price of a 6″x6″ deducted from the larger sized price.


2nd Place – Harley

Third Place – Amber

Third Place – Tripp











2nd and tied 3rd Place may received 50% off a 6″x6″ original painting on canvas, or deduct that value for a larger size.


Finalists receive 20% off a 6″x6″ original painting on canvas, or deduct that value for a larger size.   And all local contenders may receive 10% off a Paint Your Pet event – just email me for a coupon code!

I will be posting photos of the winning painting, and any others as they are finished.

See all the entries, finalists and contenders on my Facebook Jan. Photo Contest Album.

Note: painting prices are on the Commissioned Art page




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Customer Appreciation Paint Your Pet Fundraiser Party

So I have been doing Paint Your Pet fundraisers for a number of years now and have helped many local animal welfare organizations, such as Welland Humane Society, B.A.R.K., Beamsville 4Paw Rescue, Lincoln County Humane Society, Dreamers Dog Sanctuary, Black Goat Farm & Sanctuary, and more!  The owner of the new Carniore’s Cupboard suggested doing a fundraiser here to help our rescue animals.  After getting a vet bill for over $700, we decided to host it as a customer appreciation fundraiser.  We only have room for 16-18 people attending, but will keep the ticket price at $50, and also have delicious vegan/vegetarian snacks.  We have beverages available, but guests are welcome to bring a favourite beverage, if they wish. We are 10-15 minutes from Welland and Port Colborne, and 30 minutes from St. Catharines and Niagara Falls! No experience required! 

You need to send Artist/Instructor, Wendy Malowany your photos via email and we’ll make a light rough sketch of the composition and get eye placement and proportion drawn on your canvas.  Then at the Paint Party Wendy will walk you through the painting demonstrating and assisting you step-by-step, but allowing you to add your own creativity too. A creative way to get together to relax and have fun!

Ticket price includes your canvas and all materials you need to create your own Pet Portrait masterpiece!  We provide aprons, but our non-toxic paint can stain some fabrics so don’t wear your brand new outfit.

Depending on weather, we will let guests meet some of our rescue animals. We have a pot belly pig, a Nubian goat, dog, cats, horses, our chicken retirement home of 4 roosters and 11 hens, and some other wildlife that find refuge on the property.

Pet Portrait photo requirements:
Send several photos via email that have a good range of lights and darks. Choose clear photos that show your pet’s eyes and expressions you like which capture his/her personality. Close up head shots at your pet’s eye level are better than taking the photo looking down at your pet, and not so close that noses appear bigger than they are. A little background around pet is fine as I will crop to the proportions of the canvas, but the pet should take up approx. 3/4’s of the photo. High resolution of 300 dpi is good, but if you aren’t sure, email the photos and we’ll let you know if the resolution is good.  Send your photos right after you register and purchase your ticket by replying to the confirmation email or email  to:  wendy [at] wendymalowany.com.  Remember to include name of person who purchased the tickets, the event date and location.  Contact Wendy with questions.

Seats will be limited to accommodate the individual attention we’ll be giving each person and tickets sales will close prior to the date to give us time to draw your sketch on your canvas.  Get your tickets now since we expect the event to sell out fast!

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