"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.
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...
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.)
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!