Hi, everyone! The speed at which this project is growing is just astonishing! Sheila and Sandy and I are thrilled - and so far, it's growing simply by word of mouth - and word of blog. You good people, you wonderful artists, you're carrying the message, and look what's happening.
Your paintings, your stories, your generosity, your spirit - I knew we could help the animals. I didn't suspect we could shape the world, but it feels like that's what we're doing.
I've had some ideas, as I have delivered paintings, and as I'm preparing to drive to Arizona on a painting trip (you can follow me at carriejacobson.blogspot.com).
First, I like to include a certificate of authenticity when I sell a painting. In it, I usually write where and when I made the painting, and list my catalogue number. (Since I often paint the same landscapes, I decided to identify my work with a title, but also with a number. This is generally the year (09) the month (04) the day (02) the medium (o for oil, p for pastel) and then, if I've painted more than one, a letter. So the second oil painting I do today will be 090402oB).
So for the ASAP project, I am making certificates of authenticity. Here's an example:
This is two cards - and if I were making it at home, it would be on two documents, one of fronts of the cards, one of insides of the cards.
The second document I made is a poster that shelters can copy to hand out to visitors.
The third is a postcard - again, front and back are on the same document - that I'm going to take with me on my painting trip, and hand out all over the country.
If I can conquer the technology, I will have these available as pdfs in a few days. Meantime, feel free to use them in any way you like. You can take them entirely as they are, or change them to work for you (clearly, the authentication letter would need to be changed) - and you don't have to use them at all!
A last note: A photographer from our local paper (she's also a painter, and I believe I recruited her into the project) took shots of me making a shelter painting yesterday. I'm meeting with a reporter today - and really looking forward to seeing how publicity shapes the project!
Thank you all so very much.