NEW – Greetings Cards

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New greetings card range by Jane Lee McCracken – four designs depicting original Biro drawings.

This spring sees the launch of Jane’s new greetings card range featuring a selection of her most iconic Biro drawings to date.  Printed in the UK, these high quality 15 x 21cm cards capture the intricate detail of each poignant drawing.

 

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Greetings cards range depicting ‘Russian Doll’, ‘The Sideboards II’, ‘Sweet’ and ‘Our Forefathers’.

In stock at Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s premier design store Whosit & Whatsit, Jane’s cards are now available to purchase from her online shop.

Sets of 4 cards are individually wrapped with envelopes and priced at £10 including postage and packaging per set.

 

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To purchase cards sets please visit www.janeleemccracken/shop

 

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‘The Sideboard II’ Greetings Card

 

For further details please contact jane@janeleemccracken.co.uk

 

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Seasons Greetings

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This year’s Christmas card focuses on the plight of refugees and animals caught in the crossfire of war through a little sculpture tattoo drawing in Biro on a found china hand.

Season greetings and a happy and peaceful 2016 to all.

Best wishes,

Jane

Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken, on a china hand purchased in a local charity shop

Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken, on a china hand purchased in a local charity shop.

Reflection of dove drawing on the back of china hand.

Reflection of dove drawing on the back of china hand.

Reflection of back of china hand with drawing of Lily and dove.

Reflection of back of china hand with drawing of Lily and dove.

Sculpture tattoo on glass shelf.

Sculpture tattoo on glass shelf.

‘Coyote’ – For the Song Dogs of North America

‘Coyote’, 2015 black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

On 23rd May 2015 at Niagara on the Lake, Coyote Watch Canada will be holding ‘A Song Dog Celebration’, their first fundraising Gala event.  Coyote’s are known as ‘Song Dogs’ for their haunting vocal artistry and are one of the most adaptable and charming animals on the planet.

“Coyote” which was made exclusively for CWC’s ‘A Song Dog Celebration’ reflects on the harmony that once existed between coyotes and man, the destruction of that relationship, and the hope for a return to understanding and co-existence.

At the left of the piece are three images of coyotes. Coyotes form tight family bonds, one of the traits they share with humans. Like coyotes, First Nations people and Native Americans have suffered at the hands of ignorance and greed. While celebrating the harmony between native peoples and coyotes, “Coyote” also memorializes the loss experienced by both.

Reigning over the drawing is an image of Mother Nature as a native princess. The background is derived from Edward S. Curtis’s beautiful portrait of Hattie Tom, Chiricahua Apache (1899). Overlaid is an image of Audrey Hepburn’s face. Hepburn played Rachel Zachery in John Huston’s The Unforgiven (1960). The film, while flawed, attempted to explore the issue of racism towards Native Americans.

At the heart of the drawing is a coyote’s face layered through an image of the Rocky Mountains, suggesting the majesty of nature. A fifth coyote flashes through the piece, running towards the future. In Native American mythology, the coyote was seen as the Creator and sometimes took the form of man. Thus, layered through the coyote’s body is a representation of a native man, symbolizing the morphing of man and coyote into one being, forever entwined through mythology and history.

Finally, migrating monarch butterflies are projected on the coyote’s fur, representing hope and joy. They symbolize celebration of the work of Coyote Watch Canada in its quest for compassionate co-existence with coyotes and other wildlife.

This piece is for North America’s Song Dogs.

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‘Coyote’ original drawing will be auctioned at ‘A Song Dog Celebration’

 A Limited edition run of 50 A3 signed and numbered prints of ‘Coyote’ are available now with all profits going directly to Coyote Watch Canada:

www.janeleemccracken.co.uk/shop/conservation art prints

A special thank you to wildlife advocate David Shellenberger for his kind introduction to CWC and for his help and advice towards ‘Coyote’.

Happy Birthday Lily!

Lily

Lily

It’s hard work being a muse… so for Lily’s birthday today we decided to give her an extra special token of our appreciation for her dedication to ‘muse-ing’, a super comfortable Scottish tweed bed!

Got a new bed. Big waggy tail!

Got a new bed. Big waggy tail!

She’s taken to it like a duck to water, with her duck in tow… although she still insists on demonstrating her alpha female status by commandeering the sofa!

Commandeering the sofa

Commandeering the sofa

Happy Birthday Lily!

Take One Puppy, her First Bed and a Proud Nation of Animal Lovers!

'Lily' aged 15 weeks during the photo shoot for 'The Red Horse and the Wolf Cub'

‘Lily’ aged 15 weeks during the photo shoot for ‘The Red Horse and the Wolf Cub’, 2007

For all those who requested to see the photo-shoot of Lily for the drawing ‘Red Horse and the Wolf Cub’ – here it is in brief!!

Lily on location relaxing during the shoot!

Lily on location relaxing during the shoot!

Lily’s first bed was a red velvet affair with gaudy gold tassels – we called it her ‘Princess Bed’ as it reminded us of the fairy tale ‘The Princess and the Pea’ (for all us children of the 70’s, remember the Ladybird edition of the tale and those fabulous illustrations?).

Lily is given Pengy as a gift for her hard work modelling.

Lily is given Pengy as a gift for her hard work modelling.

She loved her wee bed!  Sadly it went the same way as the demise of ‘Pengy’, reduced to a small rag of red velvet!  Pengy was latterly known as ‘Pengy’s Foot’ when Lily realised she had teeth and would use them!  Sid from Toy Story would have been be proud of her.

"I have teeth woo hoo!"

“I have teeth woo hoo!”

"I'm getting bored and sleepy now!"

“I’m getting bored and sleepy now!”

Pengy’s foot resides somewhere in the dark recesses of Lily’s toy box!  Yes Lily has a toy box – for all you cynics out there who can be heard saying ‘typical childless person treating her dog like a baby!’ dogs are intelligent enough to differentiate between their toys and Lily knows each of her many (hence the need for a toy box!) toys by name and can often be found rooting around in her toy box looking for the particular mutilated creature she wants to play with at 5 o’clock sparrow am.  I always see play as an important part of Lily’s daily routine as it keeps her young at heart.  And can she play!

"I'm tired of the camera flash now!"

“Shh, Lily’s asleep!”

On a serious note many people, whether they have children or don’t have children, sadly or contentedly, or are dog or animal lovers, experience a strength of love for their dog that equates to the love of a family member because dogs are intelligent, pack animals with similar character traits to humans and therefore respond positively to love and affection.

Me and Lily, 2007

Me and Lily, 2007

And what the hell if there are many of us out there who love our dogs like children – they are after all as innocent and reliant upon us, in my opinion as a child is and to give dogs a happy, loving home is surely what they deserve after the legacy we have created through domesticating canines.  Should we not celebrate and promote positively that many of our species share an empathy with and a love for animals? Such empathy defines a nation as a compassionate modern society and a nation of animal lovers is something to be proud of.

Lily and me, 2007

Lily and me, 2007

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated   Gandhi

'Red Horse and the Wolf Cub - After Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone', 2009, red and black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Red Horse and the Wolf Cub – After Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone’, 2009, red and black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

And this is the result of the photo shoot, Lily as the ‘Wolf Cub’.

Limited Edition Luxurious Archival Pigment Prints of the ‘Red Horse and the Wolf Cub’ crafted by one of the best printmaker’s in the UK Jack Lowe Studio are available from my website

Pets Home Alone during War and Disaster – New Art PRINT

'Lily', 2009, original black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Lily’, 2009, original black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

During war and disaster pets are often left behind to fend for themselves.  Fleeting opportunity in which to escape leaves little time to garner pets whom instinctively may bolt from fear.   Panic-stricken people often seize personal possessions and furniture instead of animals – although sometimes the heart strings just aren’t long enough.  For those who adore their pets it’s hard to imagine the pain experienced during such times when an owner is not able to locate a beloved animal, left only with the angst and speculation of what happened to them.

My drawing entitled ‘Lily’ represents pets that are left behind during war and disaster; the dog’s owner took the furniture instead.

'"A girl holding her dog in a devastated neighborhood in Warsaw, Poland, 5 Sep 1939" by Julien Bryan'

‘”A girl holding her dog in a devastated neighborhood in Warsaw, Poland, 5 Sep 1939″ by Julien Bryan’

Some pets are kept close during flight or rescued in the aftermath of the event – their moving stories recounted or their images captured on film or in photographs.  During WWII, the little girl standing in shock amongst the devastation of Warsaw in 1939 holds her dog close, comforted by his presence.  The determination and strength worn on the face of a French woman leading her horse whilst her dogs follow under cover of a cart full of possessions.

19 July 1940, Refugees escaping France WWII

19 July 1940, Refugees escaping France WWII

Woman and her Dog outside her bombed house, Grozny, Chechnya 1995. Photograph by Yuri Gripas

Woman and her Dog outside her bombed house, Grozny, Chechnya 1995. Photograph by Yuri Gripas

In 1995 Grozny, Chechnya, with her dog next to her a woman despairs at the bombing of her home whilst an evacuee in a truck says goodbye to his dog.

Russian man, Grozny, Chechnya says goodbye to his dog, 1995. Chechen forces. (AP Photo)

Russian man, Grozny, Chechnya says goodbye to his dog, 1995. Chechen forces. (AP Photo)

Cat Survivors of the 2011 Tsunami, Tashirojima (Cat Island), Japan

Cat Survivors of the 2011 Tsunami, Tashirojima (Cat Island), Japan

Around the world concern was raised for the feline occupants of Tashirojima or ‘Cat Island’, Japan during the 2011 Tsunami.  But many of the cats survived, cared for by people of the small community of 100 islanders, still outnumbered by their feline friends.  In 2013 a dog survived 3 days buried under rubble following an earthquake in Lalu Village in Hetuo Township Dingxi, China and was eventually recovered by villagers and rescue teams.

Dog rescued after 3 days buried under rubble after earthquake Lalu Village in Hetuo Township, Dingxi, China 2013

Dog rescued after 3 days buried under rubble after earthquake, Dingxi, China 2013

The dog in the drawing is my own dog, Lily.  She lies on the memory of a chair representing owners who took furniture and personal belongings instead of their pet leaving the family dog to fend for itself amongst the wreckage of war and disaster.

DNA of Northern Inuits and other Malamute breeds is closer to Gray Wolf DNA than many other dog breeds.  Dogs who give many of us unequivocal companionship were domesticated from wolves thousands of years ago.

In light of this all profits from each print sold will be donated to ‘The Wolves and Humans Foundation’.

The Wolves and Humans Foundation is a UK based charity dedicated to the conservation of Europe’s large carnivores wolves, bears and lynx. Wolves and Humans work with people and local communities to find practical solutions to co-existence with wolves and other large carnivores, thereby helping long-term conservation of these species. For further information please visit http://www.wolvesandhumans.org/index.htm

'Lily', 2009, original black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Lily’, 2012/2014 Archival Limited and Open Edition Pigment Print Series’, Jane Lee McCracken

Archival Pigment Prints are available in two sizes –

NEW A4 Print – signed and numbered luxurious Archival Pigment Prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm of ‘Lily’ are especially crafted to order by one of the best printmaker’s in the UK Jack Lowe Studio and are available to purchase for £35 inclusive P&P from my website shop

A3 Limited Edition of 200 – signed and numbered luxurious Archival Pigment Prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm of ‘Lily’ crafted by one of the best printmaker’s in the UK Jack Lowe Studio and are available to purchase for £55 inclusive P&P from my website shop

A Year in Pictures – Art Muse LILY takes Life in her Stride

Lily, star of many drawings by artist Jane Lee McCracken reveals a year in her life as an art muse, what she will be eating for dinner this Christmas and her special Christmas wish.

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IMG_0089January – “I love snow! I like to run at it with my mouth open like a snow plough so I can eat as much of it as I can in one go.”

IMG_4595February – “This is one of my favourite drawings where I got a big starring role as the white wolf. I liked modelling this cool i-pad cover too!”

20130906_215602 (1)March –  “Early rehearsals began for this year’s nativity! (I put my ears back when I’m happy so could wear Mary’s headscarf with ease)”

IMG_0474April –  “I have to do a lot of sitting around during modelling shoots.  I just go to sleep and boom wake up for the camera”

IMG_8913May –  “In my recreational time I love to lie in the garden amongst the flowers and sleep.  I often dream about rabbits and barking at other dogs”

IMG_1098June –  “I love to go to the pub, particularly the beer garden of the Olde Ship in Seahouses, Northumberland”

IMG_1231July –  “This year I was centre stage in an exhibition at The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, England and went down to trip the light fantastic and meet the people of Harrogate who were very nice”

IMG_7296August-  “Summer brings clover and I love to lie in it and pretend to catch bees!”

IMG_1264September-  “This is the year that I learnt to open the back door and let myself in and then I wanted to let myself out again as the football was on!”

IMG_4665October –  “Cuddling my playmate is a very important part of my daily routine and now the mornings are dark I find it increasingly difficult to get out of bed for walks, I’d rather just have hugs”

IMG_4413November –  “Atka’s my pin-up boy, I’d love to meet him one day!”

LILY CALENDAR DECEMBERDecember –  “My friend Joe Bason made me this Christmas bow-tie, isn’ it gorgeous?! I love wearing it when I go to the shops with my owner, it goes with my Red Dingo collar! (Thank you also to my friend Juliet of KimonoKraft Love you Long Time http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/KimonoKraft for being the inspiration behind my calendar!)

So Lily what will you be eating for Christmas this year? –

“I just can’t resist it, I’ll be having a bowl of my favourite food, Chappie and then a whole Dentastick after my owners have eaten their Christmas dinner.  But probably when they’re not looking my Granny and Auntie Karen will sneak me roast potatoes and maybe some Haribo Starmix as I love them!”

Have you got any special Christmas wishes? – “My owners bought me from a breeder who didn’t tell them that Northern Inuits can never be left on their own, plus they didn’t do enough research about my breed before they bought me.  I’m lucky, they love me very much, but it’s hard work making sure that I’m cared for 24 hours a day.  I get very distressed if I’m left on my own.  If you can’t give proper care to specialist breeds like me give a rescue dog who’s not a Diva a loving home instead.”

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