"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Artists Unite for Haiti

I just realized yesterday was the three year anniversary of starting this blog. Wow. That's hard to believe!

This weekend is the "Artists Unite for Haiti" art sale at the LoDi Project here in Raleigh. I just got home from dropping off some artwork - mine, my daughter's, and a stack from my daughter's middle school (she share the info with the art teacher and it kind of took off).

It's an "anonymous" sale, in that the pieces are not to be signed on the front. If you purchase a piece, you won't know who the artist is until after the purchase. I am going to give you a sneak peek of our pieces! All art is $25 and all proceeds will be donated to the Mercy Corps to help in Haiti.

This first piece is 5x7. It is an older dryer sheet piece, matted to 8x10. I call it "me encanta".
This is a larger piece (12x16) and also made from recycled dryer sheets. The background is new, I made it this week. The three panels on top were made as one 8x10 piece a few years ago. I split it into three, and finished off the edges. I call it "harlequin triptych". A detail of the piece is below.

The next photo is a portion of a piece I completed last week. I can't share the whole thing just yet as I am waiting to hear if it is accepted into a show. My daughter saw this, though, and it inspired her idea for the piece that she donated to "Artists Unite for Haiti" ...

And here she is with "turtle love". I thought it was such a great idea ... I told her I wish I had thought of it!
The background is an acrylic wash, the turtle is built up layers of tissue paper, and the shell is made from recycled CDs. I just love it!

We are both hopeful that our pieces will sell, and that the sale is a great success. They had hundreds of pieces of artwork there when we dropped off our things. It was humbling to see such a tremendous outpouring from the artistic community throughout the world. If you are on facebook, you can become a fan of "Artists Unite for Haiti" and follow the progress!


Anonymous said...

Very nice job Jenny. Beautiful smile.


Elizabeth said...

Wonderful Pieces Michelle!! This is a wonderful idea and it is terrific that you ahve inspired your daughter to join in!!! Great good luck!
Art can change our world!!!
Big hugs!
(waiting for 18-24 inches of snow- just started falling!! YIKES!!!!!)

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Very lovely pieces of art! Like mother, like daughter! :)

Anonymous said...

Great Job You Two!!!
They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...it's soooo true!
Like the artwork!
.....and the smile!
(Wiseguy's Wife)

Karen said...

The art is fantastic Michelle, yours and your daughter's. Love the picture of your daughter what a beautiful smile she has.

Mary Lynn said...

You go girl!!! I'm very proud of you