Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Lamb with the Chocolate Mane


















Lamb with the Chocolate Mane
by vegan artist © Karrel Christopher
original oil on canvas painting ~ measures 50 x 40 cm
~ After the stressful journey through city streets, the flock sheep had arrived at the park for the yearly shearing event. Their vocalizations were loud and eerily strident as they pushed their way through the crowded holding area seeking family and favorite herd mates. Terrified lambs who were separated from their mothers along the way cried out – ewes answered, urgently pushing through the mass of thick woolen bodies to find them. I watched this beautiful lamb with the rich dark brown mane – he was no longer a small baby but certainly not an adult. Though at times he would strut with spunky confidence, he was clearly very nervous. As the herd became more packed together, this vulnerable youth who was still nursing from his mother became more panicked. Looking into his eyes, I could feel his anxiety about the mystery of what would happen next. How does his mother explain to him what is going on? How does she console him? They look deeply into each others eyes, share tender expressions of repeated facial contact and she allows him to frequently nurse. For now they stay close but it is likely that they will get separated again in all the commotion of shearing day and the long journey back home.

My observations and relationships with sheep over recent years have proven to me what kind, gentle, sensitive beings they are. How could anyone mistreat or kill them?!! The exploitation and cruelty that is inflicted upon them is truly incomprehensible and heartbreaking. I sincerely hope that humans can evolve their past old traditions, odd preconceptions, greed and cruel domination of these sweet members of our Earth Family – vowing to treat them with the compassion and respect they deserve.

It is urgently important that we unveil the deceptions and delusions that allow us to compartmentalize our compassion, goodness and ethics.
We must stop betraying *non*human lives and the Earth.
When we discover our conscience ~ we must act.
All beings cherish safety, family, freedom and LIFE
~~~ Live, rejoice and prosper VEGAN ~~~
Create a world respectful, just, safe and joyous for everyone. ~ KC

Monday, April 22, 2019

Yellow Alstroemerias & Bees



















Yellow Alstroemerias & Bees
oil on canvas painting 14 x 18 inches
by artist Karrel Christopher 
A weaving of organic Celtic influences with beloved Peruvian Lilies (Alstroemeria).
They are simply irresistible to bees yearning for the colors, nectars and aromas of the season. Celebrate all the beauty and magic of life with kindness and compassion.  Create garden that supports nature, honoring the spirit and rights of all beings.
ART website: https://www.karrelchristopher.com/
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Monday, April 8, 2019

Painted Frame Drums: BLACK & WHITE & GOLDEN TABBY TIGER

















BLACK & WHITE & GOLDEN TABBY TIGER 
 by © Karrel Christopher
-- Original Hand Painted Custom Designs --
Spring is here! - are you ready for your Drum Circle??! These two drums are completed, available for purchase and ready to ship! 
~ COMPASSIONATE DRUMMING ~ The marriage of art, sound, rhythm...a gentle soothing tone or bold voice - it is your choice. *NON*leather Frame Drums painted with professional artist oils by vegan artist Karrel Christopher. Celebrating the elements of nature & honoring its special animal beings with spiritual joy.
I have two styles of quality REMO Frame Drums available for my custom designed and painted creations. The classic Buffalo Style Frame Drum 3 1/2'' deep...or... the newer Fiberskyn Frame Drum 2 1/2'' deep - in diameters of 14'', 16'' or 22''.
The surface of these drums are a dream to paint on - allowing for beautiful detail. You can drum to your hearts content knowing that no animal was butchered for these drum heads. *And happily the synthetic drum head is more tone stable in various humidity and temperatures than animal skin drums. Every drummer I have spoken with compliments their durability and rich tone quality! There are so many ways to create pleasing sounds on these frame drums. They may be played for musical enjoyment, mediation and ceremony with a soft mallet provided. Play with your hands without jewelry and avoiding sharp nails. More bell like tones by striking the rim and bottom edge with your fingers and palm. Call to great spirit with love, beauty and compassion and enjoy fine art in your sanctuary space. Please feel welcome to contact me about commissioning your one-of-a-kind drum.

FB Page ~ Hand Painted NON-leather Frame Drums by Karrel Christopher ART & Photography -- https://www.facebook.com/pg/Karrel-Christopher-ART-Photography-379579508720158/photos/?tab=album&album_id=827375437273894

Painted Frame Drums Portfolio: https://karrelchristopher.com/drums-wildlife-a-plants.html

Thursday, March 21, 2019

LAMB I - Sheep Series





















LAMB I ~ by Vegan Artist © Karrel Christopher
oil on canvas painting ~ 40 x 30 cm
When I look upon a lamb I feel profoundly moved by their innocence, beauty and gentleness. One would think that such purity of spirit would inspire people to be the most kind and compassionate humans they could be. Yet despite our modern times and access to ethical and responsible alternatives, our society still endorses the slavery, exploitation, mutilation and murder of sheep (and many other species). What bizarre misguided thinking allows the betrayal sentient beings—that would do you no harm? What corrosion of ethics and morality?! Animals look into our eyes with hopeful trust us and over and over again people betray them with domination and violence. How can these heartless betrayals be reconciled?! Certainly it must ultimately result in a form of soul death.

On this Full Moon Spring Equinox of 2019, please examine your beliefs, traditions, habits, possessions and venues for making money. Do they really make you happy and fulfilled? What legacy are you building? Our growing population seems to suffer from such loneliness, anxiety and desperation. Mindlessly stumbling along distracted, selfish and obsessed - so consumed with arrogance and greed. How long does the human species in their delusion believe that they can continue to destructively infest this planet Earth – abusing and destroying its precious inhabitants -with no regard for the consequences?! Domination and violence are not the answer. Our choices matter...on so many levels. We can open our eyes and snap out of it. Connect with Earth Family. Look into their eyes. Know and understand them. Consider their experiences. Feel. What we learn can lead us to a beautiful awakening inspiring us to take caring responsible action and evolve. Consult your heart intelligence. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Let the healing and renewal begin with you. There is such joy, health, contentment and peace possible when we commit to kind, respectful and loving choices.


It is urgently important that we unveil the deceptions and delusions that allow us to compartmentalize our compassion, goodness and ethics.
We must stop betraying *non*human lives and the Earth.
When we discover our conscience ~ we must act.
All beings cherish safety, family, freedom and LIFE
~~~ Live, rejoice and prosper VEGAN ~~~
Create a world respectful, just, safe and joyous for everyone. ~ KC


Original oil on canvas paintings by vegan artist © Karrel Christopher ~ There are currently another 11 portraits honoring SHEEP and celebrating their relationships ~ in progress ~ near completion. Stay tuned in 2019 for their debut!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Spotted Jaguar Painted Frame Drum























SPOTTED JAGUAR by © Karrel Christopher
-- Original Hand Painted Custom Designs --
Special commission - SOLD
~ COMPASSIONATE DRUMMING ~ The marriage of art, sound, rhythm...a gentle soothing tone or bold voice - it is your choice. *NON*leather Frame Drums painted with professional artist oils by vegan artist Karrel Christopher. Celebrating the elements of nature & honoring its special animal beings with spiritual joy.
I have two styles of quality REMO Frame Drums available for my custom designed and painted creations. The classic Buffalo Style Frame Drum 3 1/2'' deep...or... the newer Fiberskyn Frame Drum 2 1/2'' deep - in diameters of 14'', 16'' or 22''.
The surface of these drums are a dream to paint on - allowing for beautiful detail. You can drum to your hearts content knowing that no animal was butchered for these drum heads. *And happily the synthetic drum head is more tone stable in various humidity and temperatures than animal skin drums. Every drummer I have spoken with compliments their durability and rich tone quality! There are so many ways to create pleasing sounds on these frame drums. They may be played for musical enjoyment, mediation and ceremony with a soft mallet provided. Play with your hands without jewelry and avoiding sharp nails. More bell like tones by striking the rim and bottom edge with your fingers and palm. Call to great spirit with love, beauty and compassion and enjoy fine art in your sanctuary space. Please feel welcome to contact me about commissioning your one-of-a-kind drum.

FB Page ~ Hand Painted NON-leather Frame Drums by Karrel Christopher ART & Photography -- https://www.facebook.com/pg/Karrel-Christopher-ART-Photography-379579508720158/photos/?tab=album&album_id=827375437273894

Painted Frame Drums Portfolio: https://karrelchristopher.com/drums-wildlife-a-plants.html









Friday, February 8, 2019

Donkey Family Jora & Marri























Jora & Marri ~ Donkey Family
by artist © Karrel Christopher
Original oil on board painting 70 x 55 cm, frame available
Sometimes the joy of love just cannot be contained – and why should it?! All beings glow in the sweetness of compassion and relationship.
For several years, Jora had a close relationship with another older donkey that the Kid’s Farm manager referred to as her “grandmother” (name Pipa). Their history was unclear but was believed to include giving exhausting rides on back and in carts - and being transported for holiday nativity scenes. Their retirement to the Kid’s Farm was far from perfect but certainly less demanding.
The years I volunteered there, I did my best to advocate for respect and improved care for them and for all the farm residents. We had become very good friends. Until then, I had never realized how smart, loving and affectionate donkeys are. Donkey hugs are very special!!
After a time “grandmother” Pipa became very unwell and was separated from Jora. I will never forget her heartbreaking desperate cries from Jora as Pipa was dragged away. Sadly, grandmother Pipa did not recover from her illness. I fear with the prevailing apathy and comments about her “just being old” that they just “put her down” rather than giving her a chance with reasonable veterinary care.
For Jora, the months that followed were sad, lonely and full of anxiety. I visited with her as often as possible – bringing her healthy treats, helping with clean up and grooming and just sitting with her. Our long gentle talks and warm hugs meant the world to me...and hopefully helped her feel supported in her loneliness. The search was on to find her a new companion...but it seemed to go painfully slow for a donkey suffering alone. The other goats and sheep would sniff and greet her through the fence but it just was not the same as having her own species to connect with – in person.
Finally, the happy day arrived and I was thrilled to assist in ushering in the new young donkey friend “Marri”. I spent hours with them overseeing the introductions and reassuring them both. It all went so smoothly – dare I say perfectly – it seemed to be love at first sight for them both. Jora’s months of loneliness were finally over and sweet lovely Marri was no longer having to compete in a large herd of donkeys where she was born. She seemed very very at ease in her new home.
As the hours, days, weeks and months went by – I could see and feel the depth of their love and connection grow. Their attitude, behavior and health simply blossomed with caring, love and joy. I was so very blessed to share in so many wonderful days with them – our closeness growing with every visit.
Though I no longer am able to visit with my donkey friends, I carry their gentleness and kindness in my heart. They taught me so much about love and have changed my life for the better. In this painting endeavored to portray the colorful energy of their relationship...and a love that can help heal a weary world.
All beings cherish safety, family, freedom and LIFE
~~~ Live, rejoice and prosper VEGAN ~~~
Create a world respectful, just, safe and joyous for everyone.
ART website: https://www.karrelchristopher.com/
Art on Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/Karrel-Christopher-ART-Photograph…/
Due to the discovery of several thefts of my art images being used for unauthorized, unlicensed merchandise sales and frequent downloads and shares without credits and links – I will no longer be sharing quality resolutions images. If you should have sincere interest in a painting you are considering for purchase – contact me for more information and better resolution photos via private e-mail. Many thanks for your understanding, consideration and support.
Please feel welcome to share with me your e-mail if you desire to be on my ART mailing list to receive creative updates. ~ KC

Thursday, December 13, 2018

TULIPS Collection by Karrel






















TULIPS COLLECTION 
by artist © Karrel Christopher
- Original oil paintings -
Tulip I - 11 x 14 inches oil canvas board
Tulips II - 16 x 20 inches O/C
Tulips III - 20 x 24 inches O/C
Tulips IV - 50 x 50 cm O/B 
Available for purchase - message me via the Contact tab at my ART website: https://www.karrelchristopher.com/ 
This last spring I was thrilled by the beauty of Double Orange & Yellow Tulips - a new painting series is underway!  Coming soon!