A way for artists to help animals and their communities
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
THIS is what it's all about!
Maria KovalenkoLeysens is an artist who has her own studio, where she teaches workshops, classes as well as showing and selling her own work. Put on top of that raising children, then you'll know how extraordinary it is for her to pull off one of the best ASAP contributions yet.
I wanted to update you with some info and photos from the AFSA project that I did today with some of the students from my studio classes. They were so excited and happy to do the paintings as a gift to the Butler County Humane Society. The students are 8 to 12 years old.We did 12 paintings of dogs and cats.
What Maria wrote in her blog was that she had wanted to participate in the Art for Shelter Animals project but decided to ask her studio class if they wanted to participate and she was met with a resounding , "Yes!".
So get this.... Maria DONATES all the materials for the beautiful watercolor paintings and the mats you see the proud artists holding after they finished their particular dog or cat.
There's more... Maria painted two animals herself... "Pearl" and "Bandit" as you see in the middle.
But wait there's MORE! Greg, her fifteen year old son wanted to participate also and painted that beautiful face of "Belinda" for the rescue. Talent and altruism runs in the family.
Maria wrote that she learned it is a couple of weeks before the Shelter's annual fundraiser so her timing couldn't be better. She will update us with how the paintings were received and how they are going to use them for the shelter animals. If I'm counting right that's FIFTEEN paintings donated by the ingenuity and generosity of one wonderful woman!
Please drop by Maria KovalenkoLeysens' blog and check out her other fabulous work and maybe tell her what you think of her accomplishment for the project.
Thank you Maria, special thanks to your son Greg and an extra special thanks to your wonderful class! Teaching the next generation how to care for all creatures great and small is one of the greatest lessons there is.
The Art for Animals project is simple. Make a portrait of an animal in your local shelter, or of an animal who's a part of a rescue operation, and donate the painting to the shelter or the rescue group.
That's it! The shelter or rescue group can do whatever it wants with the painting - or drawing or mixed media piece or whatever medium you choose.
Please submit jpgs at 72 dpi, a maximum of 600 px, or 8 inches across, and about 200K or less.
Your photographs should be sharp and free of glare. The best way to shoot them is to put your paintings in the shade, on a fairly sunny day, and shoot without a flash.
If you have photoshop, see R. Garriot's blog for tips on using photoshop to correct the colors and tones of your paintings.
Send your paintings to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to email@example.com, or to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will upload them to the blog.
Thank you for participating!
Sheila Tajima, Carrie Jacobson, Sandy Sandy
Letter for newspapers
Greetings! (Your name) here. I'm a local painter, participating in the Art for Animals project. I think the project might make a good story for your paper.
Here's how it works: Local painters paint portraits of animals in our shelters, and then give the paintings to the shelters. The shelters can do whatever they want with the paintings.
This is an unusual project because it is so direct. Typically, if artists donate to shelters or other charitable institutions, they give a percentage of their sales. I'm giving my paintings, free and clear.
The story would be inspiring, good news for your readers. There's plenty of art with it, too. Publication would help me connect with more artists in the area, and make the project more successful.
Paintings from participating artists may be seen at http://artforshelteranimals.blogspot.com.
I will call you in XX days to see if you're interested.