I am so excited that my Charity Art Auction portrait, the sale of which benefitted the Sandy Hook / Newtown School Support Fund, has been completed and given to the donor!
I took much longer than I intended, as well as artistic license, because just doing a simple portrait did not seem like enough. Working closely with the donor, I asked her what her favorite things were, and cats came up very high on the list. Realizing she did not have one herself, I thought it would be nice to include one in her portrait. I then chose one of her most interesting features, her hair, and stylized its rendering, giving it a very illustrative quality, and much more dimension than if I had left it as a simple mass of black.
In the end the portrait came out much more finished and imaginative than either of us could have guessed, and I hope that the donor enjoys having it in her home, as much as I enjoyed drawing it.
Looking forward to portrait #2!
I am having so much fun working on this portrait for one of my Art Auction winners. It is always a pleasure delineating the face of a lovely woman. But as I work, it gets me to thinking about all of the other wonderful women and girls in the world, and how, in honor of Women’s History Month, I’d like to help them with my next Charity Art Auction.
I have already narrowed it down to three of my favorites:
– Women for Women (Helping women survivors of war)
– Girls Scouts USA (Builds girls of courage, confidence, & character)
– Equality Now (Ending gender violence & discrimination)
But I need YOU to help me make the final decision! Which charity should I pick? Please leave your choice in the comments below, OR vote on my facebook poll here»
The next auction starts next Tuesday, and I’m closing the polls on the charity this Friday afternoon at 1pm. I can’t wait to see who you all pick!
YOU voted, and now you can bid!
For this month’s charity art auction, we are proud to be supporting Room to Read!
This is an amazing charity that promotes children’s literacy by developing a habit of reading among children in developing countries, while also helping achieve gender equality in education so that little girls don’t fall behind. Read more about Room to Read on their web site.
If you would like to have a portrait done for yourself, of a loved one or family pet, and would like 100% of the proceeds to go to Room to Read, please go to my live auction here ». It ends on February 26th, 2013 at 1:50pm EST, and more info can also be found on my Causes page.
After successfully raising more than the minimum bid last month for Sandy Hook / Newtown, I am so excited to see what we can do for these well-deserving children! Watch the January auction results video here».
Thanks so much and God Bless you all <3
Happy Valentine’s Day <3
I am so incredibly pleased and honored to announce that the January Art Auction to Benefit The United Way of Western Connecticut’s Sandy Hook School Support Fund was a success!
Watch Video About the Auction & my new YouTube Art & Inspirational Interview Series:
After 7 days of bidding, the winning bid was placed by a generous contributor from New York, and raised $57 to benefit the Support Fund, which provides support services to the families & communities of the victims of the Sandy Hook/Newtown tragedy. The full amount was sent directly through the eBay Giving Works program to the United Way of Western Connecticut, an organization at the forefront of humanitarian change.
Congratulations to our high bidder and thank you so much for helping families in need! <3
I can’t wait to get the winning bidder’s photo and start drawing! Stay tuned for my next Charity Art Auction next week, and thank you to all who bid and/or spread the word, for caring about those who most need our support.
Like many people, I’ve been thinking a lot about Sandy Hook. When I first heard about the terrible shootings last month, I couldn’t really digest what was happening and my first reaction was to block it out. Tragedy always paralyzes me and what could I possibly do to help those innocent children after the fact? I avoided the newscasts and headlines, knowing they would only break my heart.
As the weeks passed I felt more and more disquiet. I had to do something – WE had to do something. So I spoke to my friends, fellow artists, and tried to come up with a plan, but things remained amorphous, and I didn’t want any empty gestures.
But last week I found out about the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, from the United Way of Western Connecticut. They are helping the survivors and the people of Newtown/Sandy Hook, by providing support services and resources as needed. From counseling to financial support, I know the families of the victims could use such services, and I was so happy there was a way I could help.
It’s really hard not knowing what to do to help people who are far away, whom you don’t know, and not being able to fathom how much they’ve been through. But hopefully, this little bit will contribute to the combined efforts of us all, to show our love and support.
If you would like to have a portrait done for yourself, of a loved one or family pet, and would like 100% of the proceeds to go to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, please go to my live auction here ». It ends on January 29th, 2013, and more info can also be found on my Causes page. Thanks so much and God Bless <3