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Monday, March 31, 2014

Auction for Pup Rescue- American Bulldog

Ayasofya- Istanbul
11" x 8"

Click Here to Bid

Auction Ends Thursday April 3 at 8pm CST

Current Bid $300

Buyer responsible for shipping

Not something I'll do very often, but this is a special case. A bit of background here. My wife called me while I was jurying the Missouri Watercolor Society International Exhibition over the weekend. I could tell by the tone of her voice that something was terribly wrong. It seems that she heard through a coworker that a puppy mill of sorts was neglecting their dogs. She's not one to let that go unchecked. She and a friend donned hats, dark sunglasses, camouflage running shirts they got during a half marathon held at an army base last year and went to investigate. She even brought my binoculars. Thinking they might have to stake out the joint they parked a few streets away and snuck as close to the property as they dared. ( I was unaware of all of this as I would have told her by no means do you attempt to invade a strangers backyard) Had I known, of course, she would have done it regardless of my protests. She's that kind of person. 

They found the mother chained to a tree and the one male tied by two leashes and rope to another tree. The male was hiding (dying) under some brush and they could not see it. They called the police and the officer was able to get approval from his captain to attempt to rescue the male. The mother appeared to be reasonably healthy, but the male could only crawl and had to be carried off the property. The local police are looking for the owners, who apparently move their dogs to different locations from time to time. Very hard to understand what exactly is going on there, but the important part is they got the dog out. 

If you want to see pictures of him please visit the following link as I don't like to put that sort of imagery in front of people unless they wish to see it. Let it be said that it is in very bad shape. Our vet, Dr. Moore, of Opelika is watching it, and we had to move it to an emergency clinic last night for a transfusion. It's back at the vet today and the prognosis is mixed, but they are doing all they can. My wife and our friend took responsibility for the veterinarian bills and have created an auction site on Facebook to help with covering the costs and to ensure that the vet is able to do what he thinks is necessary to save the dog. It looks to be an American Bulldog between 2-5 years old and is very sweet.

I know that Noelle is worried sick about this so I offered to auction a painting to help. If you are interested in bidding please do not contact the administers of the Facebook Page. I will be running this auction myself. You can contact me via this blog or through my Facebook Page. 

You may also contact me via email by clicking the Bid Here link at the top of this post. 

Happy bidding and thank you. 


Tuesday morning 8:25am April 1

Very sad news.

From Jacquie last night.

Tonight at 9:00 PM the Vet notified me that our dear, sweetheart Brut had passed away. He fought very hard, having made it through the rough winter tied to a tree, but he passed in a warm bed, knowing he was loved, with a new stuffed animal. I am especially deeply upset because I had "adopted" him in my mind. I will make it my goal to insure that these people pay the full penalty and never own a pet again. Please continue to donate for his auction for his medical costs, it is very much appreciated. All auctions will be honored, in honor of dear Brut and in hopes of spreading his message.

I will continue with this auction. A very hard night with Noelle getting the news as we were lying down for bed. Please be advised that this is no longer a "rescue." There are, as I understand it, considerable veterinary costs and to ensure that our vet, who takes in rescues for the county is able to do so all proceeds beyond Brut's medical care, will go to K-911 Rescue in Lee County.

Thank you,

Friday, January 3, 2014

2014 Workshop Schedule

Happy New Year and I hope to see you on the road. Please get in touch to reserve a spot in one of my workshops this year. We've got some very exiting locations and I'll be adding a few more dates soon.  

Feb 6-8  Loudon, TN (Knoxville)

Feb 28-Mar2  Washington, VA

Mar 7-8 Chattanooga, TN

March 21- Awards Juror for MOWS

April 30 - May 2  Pittsburgh, PA Demos for Stillman & Birn

May 17-19 Houston, TX

June 2-9 Provence, France

June 21-28 Fife and Edinburgh, Scotland

Aug TBD Orange, CA

Aug TBD Belgium

Sep 14-16  Melbourne, FL

Sep 28- Oct 3 Honolulu, HI

Oct 11  Birmingham, AL

Monday, February 11, 2013

2013 Workshops

 Hi guys- a new year and lots going on. Look for a couple of magazine articles to come out soon (more on that later) and I've finally got the first half of the year set as far as workshops and travel. There may be one or two more additions and I'll post those as plans finalize. I hope the new year finds you all well and ready to paint!

Click here for Iain's early 2013 workshop schedule

Edinburgh Imagined No.2

Monday, December 10, 2012

December 2012 Online Show

December 2012 Online Show



In tandem with my show at the Overall Company Gallery in Opelika I am holding an online exhibition. I am offering my works at this venue through both the gallery and the internet. We had a fantastic opening on Dec 6. (I'll be posting pics of that later)

All works are available for purchase unless otherwise noted. To view the show you can click on the following link or visit my website www.stewartwatercolors.com and click on the navigation for Dec 2012 Online Show.


I wish you all a happy holiday season and all the best in the new year.

Kind Regards,

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Video Watercolor Demo

Here's my first attempt at doing a video demo. I'm still working out the kinks, but think it's worth a look see if you are interested in seeing how I paint. It's a quickie done in my sketchbook. The sort of thing I would do as preparation for doing a larger finished piece.

More of these to come.....

It's really very strange and kind of cool to see myself work.

All the best guys.


Click here to view the video on Youtube

Here's the finished sketch.

Monday, August 6, 2012

WSA Watercolor Workshop Sept 19-21

Crail Harbor at Low Tide- Scotland

Watercolor- A Road Map to Successful Paintings

Come paint with me and explore this wonderful medium in a relaxed and  enjoyable setting.

Through demonstration, careful critique, and lessons learned over a long career, I will help you understand how to prepare for and antcipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. I will guide you through my process which relies on simplification of subject, study sketches, and value studies. In my experience this "road map" for your final painting will allow you to foresee possible compositional problems before you begin your painting and allow you to make adjustments before hand avoiding the need to "rescue" your watercolors.

I will concentrate on "studio" work, but weather / time permitting, will do plein air demonstrations and discuss how to approach working out of doors.

My intention is to give you the basic knowledge to begin exploring this wonderful medium in an understandable manner. I do not approach my workshops as a showcase for my talent. I would much rather focus on the best way to draw out your creative energies.

I can think of no other form of expression that I delight in more than painting and it is my sincere wish to share that pleasure with others. 

Iain Stewart

In conjunction with their fall members show I will be offering a workshop through the Watercolor Society of Alabama  September 19-21 at the Forstall Art Center in Birmingham, Alabama. For more information contact Tora Johnson at 205-423-0922 or toradave@earthlink.net.

Workshop fees are $275 for WSA members and $305 for non members.

Space is limited so if you are interested please contact Tora soon.

Beginner to Intermediate (more advanced watercolorists welcome as well.)

Monday, April 2, 2012

First Quarter Round Up

Yoikes. April already and I've neglected the blog for all too long. I'll definitely try and do better, but painting and life tends to derail me at times. The year has been shaping up nicely. A definite high point was our trip to Scotland last month. As some of the images I post will attest to we had a great time. Most of my family are still in Glasgow and the surrounds so it's always wonderful to get back. Here are a few of the recent paintings of the trip. Enjoy.


The Tron- Glasgow
12" x 12"

Buchanan Street- Glasgow
20" x 10"

The Collinton Road- Edinburgh
10" x 7"

Hope Street- Glasgow
10" x 7"

Looking to St. Giles Cathedral- Edinburgh
21" x 12"

North Street Morning- St. Andrews
7" x 5"