Friday, March 15, 2013

26 Hearts (A Painting For The Paint Party Friday Auction Blog Hop To Benefit Sandy Hook Elementary School)

"26 Hearts"     12"x12"     Acrylic on Canvas

I am thrilled to welcome you to my auction post for The Paint Party Friday Auction Blog Hop to Benefit Sandy Hook Elementary School!

On December 14th, 2012, tragedy struck as 20 innocent children and 6 brave adults lost their lives in the second deadliest shooting in American history...

I can remember sitting in front of the television with tears streaming down my face as I learned about the unthinkable.  Three months later, I still find it difficult to put words to my feelings... My emotions are still raw and my heart is still very tender at the mention of Sandy Hook.

By auctioning the painting above, I hope to honor the lives of those lost and support the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Newtown community as they continue to heal from their inconceivable grief.

All proceeds from this painting will go directly to a Sandy Hook Elementary Charity.
(Details below.)

A step-by-step look at "26 Hearts".

About the Painting: 
This painting was created with acrylics, love, and lots of layers on a 12"x12" gallery wrapped canvas.  I started the painting by writing my wishes for Sandy Hook ("love", "hope", and "peace") with drippy black paint.  I added bright colors and bold patterns with the intention of finding my inner-child's carefree style.  I added more writing, painted with my fingers, and basically just played.  Since I wanted this painting to be infused with true childlike spirit, I enlisted the help of my favorite little creative collaborator...

Tyler's layer.

My six year old son, Tyler!

Tyler loves to draw fantasy worlds and creatures, and I am constantly finding "maps" for imaginary places throughout the house.  When I asked Tyler if he would draw one of his "worlds" on my painted canvas, he happily grabbed a white charcoal pencil and got to work!  (After he was finished, I went over his lines with white paint.)  Then, I drew in 26 hearts to represent the 26 precious lives lost in the Sandy Hook tragedy.  The final step, after adding some more paint, was to add a little extra "love".

The 1/2" sides are painted black, so there is no need for a frame.  There is a beautiful texture created by the multiple layers, and the entire painting is finished with a gloss acrylic varnish for protection.

This painting will come signed on the back (by me and Tyler).

(The step by step details of "26 Hearts", along with the step by step photo collage above, will also be included.)

Auction Details:
This auction will run from Friday March 15th, 2013 until 
Monday March 18th, 2013 at 11:59 pm EDT.
(I am in New York, to find out what time that is where you are click here.)

Shipping (anywhere worldwide) is free. 
(If painting is shipped internationally, shipping is still free BUT 
the buyer is responsible for any duty/taxes/etc.)

How to bid:
1. Place a bid (with a way to reach you) in the comments section.
2. Bookmark this page so that you can easily check back to see if you've been outbid 
(and need to make another bid).
3. If you are the winning bid, I will contact you.
4. Payment will be made from you to a Sandy Hook Elementary charity (see below).
*I will not personally be collecting any money.*
5. Once you have made your donation to a Sandy Hook Elementary charity, you will send your proof of donation (a forwarded receipt) to me at: 
kristindudish (at) gmail (dot) com
6. After I have received your proof of donation (and you have given me your address), I will mail your painting out to you! 

As you make your bids, please keep in mind that all proceeds go to a worthy cause...
Thank You and Happy Bidding!

Sandy Hook Elementary Charities where donations can be made:


Congratulations Beverley Baird!  
Thank you so, SO much for your very generous bid!!!  

And, thank you to everyone who bid and left comments - your kindness is definitely appreciated!



  1. Lovely tribute to the horrific loss of lives at Sandy Hook!

  2. Beautiful piece full of love! <3

  3. A really beautiful piece.

    Have a nice weekend and HPPF

  4. Oh Kristin this is so beautifully done. Alle those lovely layers underneath, and the end result is lovely!

  5. What a fabulous and moving tribute for a wonderful cause

  6. what a lovely and meaningful piece! i'll get the bidding started at $10!

  7. And I'll raise Peggy to $20! Just beautiful and I love how Tyler's work is in there too!

  8. LOVE this collaboration with Tyler! $30 please!

  9. Raising to $40.00! It's lovely!

  10. Kristin this painting is gorgeous! I love getting to see each of the layers that went into your process. I'm raising the bid to $50!

  11. Kristin, this is enormously gorgeous! I love how you reached the final look with the aid of Tyler.

  12. What a beautiful piece of artwork! Loved the detailed step-by-step as well.
    I bid $60.00

  13. I love your work and the story behind this gorgeous creation!
    Thank you so much for organizing this amazing auction!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  14. This is a beautiful piece and a lovely item for the auction. Hugs and HPPF!

  15. Love the layers...and so meaningful that your child helped with them! beautiful work1

  16. This is a wonderful thing you and Eva are doing. LOVE your work and inspiration, Kristin. :)

  17. A beautiful project made with love. Good luck with the very worthwhile auction. Happy PPF, Annette x

  18. So much heart here.:) Thanks for sharing the process of making this lovely piece and for contributing to Sandy Hook.

  19. This is a very very cool painting... I wish I had some charity dollars left to make a bid, but they have all gone to our local flood charity... love that Tyler was part of the process and it is very cool what you are doing... xx

  20. This is gorgeous! I LOVE the layers and thought that went into it - and for the thought that went into organizing this event. Thank you for it all - I'll keep checking back! xoxo

  21. This is a beautiful work of "Heart" Kristin.

  22. This is so beautiful and seeing the layers is amazing. I hope it makes a bundle for such a worthy cause. ♥♥♥

  23. Beautiful!Best of luck with the auction! :D

  24. Lovely piece, glad to see bidding going on. I've bid on several already!

  25. Beautiful tribute for such a tragic life altering moment in time...
    All the best with the auction!!

    Hugs Giggles

  26. Very cool and love what you are doing! So thoughtful!!! Happy PPF.

  27. What a lovely tribute and I hope it will get high bids in this auction. Makes me cry to read about that tragedy, especially as we suffered something very similar in a town nearby. Happy PPF!

  28. Stunning work, best of luck for the auction !

  29. I love the story behind the painting - how wonderful your little guy helped out with his drawings. Lovely piece-

  30. You and your little guy do the BEST collabs! I love love love love LOVE your LOVE piece!

  31. Such an amazing piece. Love it!!!
    The best on the auction. You are so generous!!!

    Have a great day!

  32. I love all the Love and layers that went into this and it's so cool that Tyler helped with his own layer.

  33. The hearts are so clever. I love your header. Good luck with the auction. Blessings, Janet PPF

  34. Raising the bid to $70.00 please ❤

  35. I would like to raise the bid to $100.00 please.

  36. I'd like to raise the bid to $105.00 please


    Congratulations to the winning bidder: Beverley Baird!

    A Great Big Thank You to Beverley for your very generous bid (and Thank You to the rest of the bidders and commenters for your kindness and support)!




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