Friday, May 27, 2011

Landy makes it to the "big time"...

Imagine our surprise when Buff and I were watching the American Idol finale and we saw this during the trailer of the new movie "Crazy Stupid Love" starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Kevin Bacon, Julianne Moore and a number of other big names. I guess my Landy made it to the "big time"!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wall-E and I team up to help pups find their furever homes...

Hello everyone,

I'd like to share a little, but somewhat lengthy, story with you.

In March of 2011, I was approached by Amanda Kloski vet-tech and foster parent to Wall-E, the now-famous pup who survived euthanasia twice. She wanted to know if I would paint a portrait of him to help raise funds to build a new shelter that they are in desperate need of - part of the reason he was scheduled for euthanasia. After hearing the entire story, I thought, how could I say no? I was humbled by their request.

It was also odd that just several days earlier I had read Wall-E's story, and like most stories involving our four-legged friends, it moved me in a profound way. If you are unfamiliar with Wall E-'s miraculous "tail" of survival, please see his story located here or his appearance on ABC's Good Morning America located here.

I am sharing all of this with you because my portrait of Wall-E is now complete. I set aside close to three weeks of studio time to work exclusively on this piece and I am extremely proud of the finished work. I cannot begin to tell you how difficult it was to keep this project under wraps for nearly two months and I am very excited to now share the piece with you.

In capturing Wall-E's personality I decided to portray him in his forever home, relaxing on his favorite chair with a pillow that conveys his big heart and love for life. Next to him is a bouquet, again representing a "beautiful life", with a shamrock arranged above his head to symbolize his good luck as well as the real shamrock-like image on his behind (see his appearance on Good Morning America to see what I mean!).

I am also happy to report that as of late last week, Wall-E has officially found his "furever home." I truly believe my portrait is a perfect example of life imitating my art - a reality that I've spent my career as an artist to try and make happen for as many animals as possible. However, we still have a lot of work left to do - there are many more Wall-E's still out there. Hopefully, through his story, my art and your support - we can help even more pups and kittens find their furever homes as well.

Ultimately, I believe Wall-E is still with us for a certain purpose, and that purpose is threefold - that through his "tail" of miraculous survival, he is here to help his fellow four-legged friends, to remind us all of the importance of animal adoption and to stress the necessity of local spay and neuter programs. If through my art, I am able to help deliver Wall-E's message and speak on behalf of those that cannot, then I have done my job as an artist and an advocate for all animals.

~Your friend through art and for the animals,

Ron Burns

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