"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!

From The Sketchbook; Idea File

Day tripping

Hey guys! Here where I live, we have had, yet again another week of mostly rain. In light of that, (or lack there of light), when we do get the odd sunny day, and it also happens to be my day off, well, if I have a chance to go somewhere, I go for it. Today’s adventure was to take a day trip over hither and yon, through the lovely Catskills. So we grabbed our water bottles and hightailed it to the mountains. And other than one town being a place better left unmentioned, and a twenty minute detour through the hills of “Deliverance”, it was a beautiful day. Also, due to this impromptu diversion, I’m a bit late with this post. But here it is, and this “From The Sketch Book” is a little different. I thought that maybe you would be interested in a little insight into how the mind of an artist works, or at least this artist. So this blog is just that.

“Q and A a Day”

Some time ago I happened upon an interesting sketchbook of prompts. It’s a thick book with four blocks per page and one prompt per page. It’s set up so that the artist can return to a block from each page, over the course of four years. This struck me as a very cool idea. And the best part is, although originally a seventeen dollar, (nineteen dollar book in Canada), it was at a dollar store! That’s right guys, a dollar! So without further adieu, I give you sketches from “Q & A a day” , A Dollar Store Score. (I should also mention that these sketches usually took under a half hour, some only minutes, so are by no means, “master pieces”, and are in no particular order.)

“Sunflowers”

Apparently I was “feeling sunflowers on this day”. I have no idea why. But I thought this would be a good one to start with, as most of today was very “sun flowery”. (Except later in the afternoon when surprise, it rained. Which is OK because we were home by then.)

“Hamlet”.

This one’s simple, the only Shakespearean thing I could think of was “Hamlet”.

”Dandy Lion”

I guess this is my idea of a “pattern in nature”, or maybe I just felt like drawing a dandelion.

“The Tramp and The Kid”

Somewhere in “editing”, the note I had written about this little drawing got waylayed. I actually did this while at the “other” job, (don’t tell 😉 For some reason there was a book about Charley Chaplin on the shelf. This is my rendition of a scene from that book.

Self Portrait. (I think I need some lotion.)

“Balloon Kid” forever!

Still looking for a “Balloon Kid” so I can be nostalgic. There were only a few games I liked and was actually able to play; this, Sonic, and the game all parents liked, Tetras. (I do like “Kingdom Hearts” now, but rarely have time to play), ah, well.

“Ladie’s”

If you’re a woman, this needs no explanation.

“Here Be Dragons”

Although this isn’t my best dragon drawing, I liked the idea of this because of one of my favorite quotes; “Here Be Dragons” meaning “dangerous, or unexplained territories”, a quote often used on ancient maps. Which pretty much sums up my life experiences.

“Solace”

A cup of tea and some chocolate is usually a good antidote to the “dragons” in my life.

“Target”

Target practice for those dragons.

“Umbrella”

This one just said to “draw an umbrella”, which are always fun to draw.

“Pop”

…not sure if I’ll ever get this kernel completely popped.

“?”

Can you guess my sign?

Too obvious?

“Dog day”

My puppers had her back to me… humm, did I offend her?

“Life of a Tree”

Again, I’m not sure that this tree will ever “grow to maturity”, but it will be fun if I actually do it.

“Wand”

Come on, “Genie’s lamps”, aren’t real.

I hope you enjoyed this, and maybe when I do this again, I’ll have a bit larger piece of popcorn, and an oak sapling. See you next time!

From The Sketchbook

Gliding Swan

Due to the Memorial Day weekend, and various and sundry other things that have come up this week, I am again posting some drawings “From The Sketch Book”. I hope to have time next week to regale you with a more in depth post, but for now I hope you enjoy this short post for your viewing pleasure. While flipping through my sketch book, I decided to share some sketches I have done of various birds. Gliding Swan, above is my favorite. Which do you like?

Owl Eyed

Chickadee

The Screech

The Screech 2

The Bard

Yellow Eyed Beauty (Pointillism)

See you next time!