Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thanks for the coats, and more!

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Betsy, Beth, Kathy, Kathy, Kathy, Joyce, Linda, Alisa, Katie, Erika, and Missy for purchasing my little fundraiser Christmas cards (and to all who offered but I had run out)!  Because of your support, I was able to purchase 3 winter coats for Operation Warm.  Here is their thank you video:

But that's not all!  I had some money left for another non-profit that is dear to my heart, called Every Dog Counts Rescue.  They are a local, all volunteer group who rescue dogs from high-kill shelters.  Many of these dogs are not considered adoptable...seniors, dogs with heartworm, dogs who have been hit by cars or shot, dogs with medical problems like seizures or diabetes, tiny babies who require bottle-feeding, and dogs with "handicaps."  They get these poor animals the veterinary care that they need, and endeavor to find them a forever home.  Hence the name "every dog counts."  I follow them on facebook, and it gives me great joy to see the work that they do.  
I sent them some Pill Pockets (again, thanks to you), to help them give those dogs the medication they need.  Dogs need nurses too. ;)

A note to my coworkers: You will see our alumni NICU nurse Nikki appear in this video at 2:50.  It's a video by EDCR about "General Jimmy," a dog that just could not be saved but received good care and an outpouring of love from the community in his hospice days.  I'm warning you though, it's a tear-jerker and a little graphic.  I cry every time.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Poinsettia Study is ready to go

​Poinsettias, especially red ones, are jolly and joyous.
They sing along with spirited church choirs.
They laugh along with the Ghost of Christmas Present.
They glow along with decorated Christmas trees.
They are unmistakably Christmas, classic and beautiful.

"Poinsettia Study"       7" x 9"      Oil on panel
If you follow my blog, you are familiar with this image.  It's the painting featured on my Christmas cards that I am selling this year for charity.

I posted about this painting while the paint was still wet back in January, when I was trying to participate in a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.

Well, the painting is now dry, mounted, varnished and accented by a lovely gold frame.  It's been hanging in my home just waiting for December to come, and now it's looking for it's forever home.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Cards for Coats - SOLD OUT

Vertical Folded Christmas Cards - 5"x7"

They're here!  These Christmas cards feature my painting "Poinsettia Study" and are available in packs of 10 cards for $20.  I will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Operation Warm, an organization with this stated mission:

  • Operation Warm addresses an immediate and critical need for warm coats;
  • Our coats are leveraged to go beyond warmth and strengthen relationships between our partners and their communities by facilitating positive outcomes that aid in the breakdown of dependence on long-term assistance.
  • Through our work, Operation Warm advocates for awareness of the impact of poverty on families and communities, and demonstrates how even one person can make a positive difference in the life of a child.
I have been pondering and praying about how to use my art (at least in some small way) to make the world a better place, and I hope this project does exactly that.  We are headed for a rough winter.  I hate HATE being cold and I can't stand the thought of a child not having a warm coat.   

And yet... Operation Warm does more than just pass out coats.  They, through community-based partnerships, help empower parents with education, skills training, etc. to help them pull themselves out of poverty.  I think that's as important as the coats.  I hope you click on the above link and learn more about what they do. 
The inside of this card says:

You can purchase directly from me if you see me in person (I can take cash, check or credit card), OR you can order online (with credit/debit/PayPal) and pay $5.25 for shipping.  Available while supplies last - SOLD OUT.
If you already have your Christmas cards ready to send this year, don't worry, you can still buy these and save 'em for next year. ;)

Thanks for helping me help others this Christmas.