Last week I heard that illustrator Kelly Light had started a sketch blog called, Ripple Sketches, where artists could donate art to help the animal victims of the gulf oil spill. Each piece of art is 2.5″ x 3.5″ and sells for $10. ALL PROCEEDS go to one of these two non-profit charities: The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and The International Bird Rescue Research Center. The buyer donates directly to one of the charities, ensuring that all the money goes to the relief effort. They then send the email confirmation and the art is shipped out to them.
I started sketching right away, thinking that it would be a quick
project. Ha. I kept painting and painting and painting, until I felt the
pictures were ready to be sold (see the painting process below the
finished pictures). It took me a week to paint these four paintings, and
in the meantime, Illustration Friday
chose “Ripple” as the word for the week to encourage more artists to
create ripple sketches for Kelly’s project. There’s a lot of really
really great art and more keeps getting added each day. So far Kelly
Light and other artists have helped raise over $3000! At $10 per piece
of art, it’s a real bargain and helps a great cause. Here are my four
ripple paintings (link to purchase these paintings.): Update: The Sea Turtle and Hermit Crabs have sold. The Pelicans and Seagulls are still available!
All four paintings are done in acrylic paint and are 2.5″ x 3.5.”
Here’s the painting process if you want to see how they were created -
Because I always like seeing how other artists work, here’s my paint
palette when the project was complete (I kept the acrylic paint wet by
putting it in a Ziplock bag between painting sessions:
For more information on how you can help animals in the gulf by purchasing art, or to purchase these paintings, please visit this page on the Ripple Sketches blog. Thanks!