"Rising From The Ashes, Hope For Australia" (Art for Australia.)

Hello everyone, I sincerely hope that this finds all of you well, and finding healthy ways to cope within the ongoing crisis. With so much to deal with, I know that asking you to consider other desperate ongoing crisis is asking a lot. As many of you know, prior to the shyte hitting the fan, I had been planning to release prints of a painting I have done for sale, and the proceeds are to go to an organization in Australia that were battling the wildfires, and are trying to save the many creatures impacted by this tragedy. It has taken me a bit longer to get this together. But amid all the chaos, the care givers of these Koalas, wombats, kangaroos, and all the many other creatures impacted by these devastating fires, still need as much assistance as they can get.

Nearly 500 million animals — including mammals, birds and reptiles — have died in bush fires in New South Wales. These numbers are unimaginable. Therefore I am going ahead with this campaign to do what I can to assist. Below is the painting I have done for this effort. (The watermark, -my name- will not be plastered across the front, that is just for online copy-write reasons. 🙂

“Rising From The Ashes, Hope For Australia”

Choosing to paint the legendary phoenix helping the indigenous animals of Australia, came to me while sleeping, and I feel it shows the hope and strength for renewal. The colors are vibrant and these prints are limited first editions. Every monitor is different, so there may be a slight difference in the colors. Either way, I feel you will love it and treasure it as a reminder of resiliency and hope for our world. I will post these on my Etsy site for sale, or feel free to contact me here. Other than shipping and handling, (handling in this case is the cost of the prints themselves, you know what they say about “starving artists”, -not starving, but not wealthy either, heheheh), the rest (most) of the cost will go to the following organization that I have researched called; WIRES, which seems to be an excellent recipient.

WIRES: The New South Wales-based Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc., Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization, is accepting donations to help fund the rescue and care and treatment of animals affected by the fires.  You can learn more at wires.org.au Prices for each size of these prints are listed below.

Poster sz: 1 first edition sz: 16″x 20″ $35.00 – 3 first editions sz: 8″x 10″ $15.00 ea. – 8 first ed sz: 4″x 5.3″ $ 5.00 ea. ( I will eventually put the original up for either sale or bid.)

I have also done a painting to help save elephants. I will be having some prints made of this and offering it for donation sales to one of the elephant rescue sites that I follow, in the future.

It would be wonderful if those reading this, along with purchasing one of these prints could also pass this on! If more people are interested, I will have more prints made, thus gaining more for this worthy cause.

On behalf of those we can save, Thank you! Be healthy and safe! See you next time!

Rising From The Ashes

If you’ve been following along the last few weeks, you’d know that I have been working on a few paintings to raise money for the animals, and fauna impacted by the fires in Australia, as well as for elephant sanctuaries. Progress on this endeavor has been slower than I had hoped, due to unforeseen personal things, as well as non stop nonsense at the job I have to go to in order to pay bills.

I’m happy to say that I have managed to finish these paintings. The first, for the animals of Australia, I’ve done in a fantasy style and titled this piece, “Rising From The Ashes, Hope For Australia”. The image of the Phoenix rising from the ashes saving the animals from the fire came to me and depicted well what I wish for them.

Currently I have had 3 8″x 10″ prints, 8 4″x 5.3″ prints, and 1 16″x 20″ poster made. (The poster looks especially good!) I have not as yet set them up for sale, but hope to do so in the next week or so. The proceeds from this, excluding shipping, will go to helping the wildlife and / or revitalization of their habitat in Australia. I am researching the best organizations to send it to at this time. When this is all set, I will let everyone know prices, and the organization that will be receiving the funds.

The second painting is of a mother elephant with her young calf. I believe that elephants are the closest to our own species when it comes to intelligence, emotions, loyalty, and familial love. And in many cases, surpass many humans.

Again I’ll be having prints made of this piece as well and the proceeds (excluding shipping costs), will go to an elephant sanctuary. (The prints of course, will not have the watermark across them). I may also add a free small card photo of one of these paintings, either as an artist’s trading card or postcard size with each order.

I hope you will purchase one of these works to help these amazing and priceless animals of our world. Thank you, see you next time!

Some Color For January; A Sneak Peak Of Something For A Good Cause

First just a quick note: { I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but through an error, my beautiful front page and other banners, were somehow deleted. I think it was something I had done unwittingly. My daughter had done the lovely design set up, so I am upset over this. She assures me that she can fix it, so although I hate to have to have her redo it all, I am very grateful that she is willing and able to do so. Hopefully they will be restored by the time I publish my next post. 🙂 }

Most everyone must know about the horrific wildfires in Australia, and the devastating effects they have had on the land and tragically on the animals there. It is a very hard thing to write about, but for those there, I can’t even image how it must be.

I haven’t been able to get it off my mind that I would like to help in some meaningful way. Originally, I had planned to offer half of the proceeds from my works that are currently available, to this cause, which I will probably still do.

However, after speaking with my brother who has lived in Australia for forty plus years, he suggested I do some art of the affected wildlife. I thought about it for a while, and an idea came to me that I have begun working on. Rather than do a completely realistic version of some of the koalas, kangaroos, wombats, quokka’s and others, the picture that came to my mind was more of a fantasy, graphic style. I did a preliminary painting, and since have started a slightly different adaptation that I am going with.

I will be offering all of the proceeds except for shipping costs, from this particular painting to the cause for saving, and caring for these priceless creatures, and toward reestablishing their habitat. I believe that although it will take time, it will happen.

There will be a limited number of copies, in a few different sizes. There are a few wildlife rescue services, I believe the most well known, and largest is WIRES, NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc. Once the painting is finished I’ll contact them and/or others to make arrangements for the donations. My hope is that if enough people see this and pass it on, there may be enough to help as many of these precious animals as possible with this limited edition painting, and the others on my site as well.

I’ll post the painting as soon as I can. I hope everyone likes it, passes it on to as many other people as possible, and maybe gets one to enjoy and to help. See you next time!