The Help Japan Challenge

on canvas 6x6
Carol Horzempa

I decided to do another painting of Shawna, this time with her head resting on my husband's boots. I took the picture yesterday and she was a great model, waiting patiently for me to snap the picture while giving me the eye.

We adopted this sweet dog 10 years ago when she was a year old. While my husband was writing out a check to the rescue people Shawna laid down next to his feet and put her head on his boot. I knew then this homeless dog was adopting my husband and they have been inseparable ever since.

I will be donating this painting to the Daily Paintworks website: "The Japan Challenge." I thought this painting would be fitting for this challenge since "home" is the theme. This painting comes with a solid cherry wood frame.

All proceeds will go directly to the Humane Society International. The HSI team will be taking in animals that have lost their owners and helping the Japanese people who have managed to survive with their pets.

Please click here to the auction page to place your bid.

Update: Here is a photo of the solid wood cherry frame that comes with this paintings.


  1. What a wonderful dog adopted you and that look could melt anyones heart, beautifully captured in a painting.

  2. Aw, what a great painting, beautiful job! This one would be hard to part with, but that is great of you to donate another painting.

  3. Carol, what a wonderful painting and story!There is so much heart in this painting, a real winner!

  4. What a precious painting, you have to paint another one for yourself. Love your painterly style!

  5. Another Japan piece kudos to you Carol! I saw that you already had healthy bids on it -well deserved!

  6. you've really captured 'the look'..and they do a lot of it (waiting) don't they? beautiful painterly strokes--lucky dog to have you and your husband -and vice-versa I'm sure!

  7. I've really enjoyed visiting your blog. Wonderful work!!! I look forward to visiting often . . .

  8. What a beautiful story. My two puppies are both adopted as well and my eyes well up by the scene you describe.

    Such a wonderful painting full of expression. I'd like to reach through the screen and give her a big hug!