Making art is a way I relax. I pull out my paints, collage images or a nice sharp pencil and I play. I get really excited when I can use my art to meet a need.
I had a blast making this painting recently for an auction to benefit a Hamilton County Humane Society.
That experience really fueled my interest in creating art that gives back.
That's why I want to tell you about the blog one of my art friends from ATCsforall has created.
February 22, 2011 was New Zealand's Darkest Day. The second largest city, the "Garden City" of Christchurch, suffered a powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Heritage buildings were destroyed, lives were lost and the many were left homeless.
This inspired Lemurkat, a native New Zealander and gifted artist to use her art and the art of others to raise money to help her local community. At her blog, Art For Christchurch, visitors are able to "purchase" original art by a selection of artists, simply by making a donation to the Red Cross Earthquake fund.
This is the piece I'm offering to this cause:
King Kakapo is an 11x14" mixed media painting.
If you are gifted in art and have something to offer to this great cause please get in touch with Lemurkat through her blog to get her submission details. If you have the extra cash you could spare, I urge you to support this worthy cause. You'll receive a beautiful piece of art as appreciation.
Let me encourage you to keep your eyes open for ways we can use our art to benefit our world. Paints, collage bits and a simple sharpened pencil can be tools for change if we let them.
If you know of an art project with a cause please post here and tell us about it so we can pool our efforts and support the positive changes art can bring.