On my desk this week: mixed media painting
I often create backgrounds for paintings without having a specific idea as to what the painting will be. Sometimes I will spend studio time just creating a bunch of backgrounds and then will put them aside for when I have an idea for a specific painting.
This is one of those backgrounds that I created a long time ago and had put it aside until recently when I had an idea for a painting.
This painting has a specific purpose. I am creating this piece for the annual LOL Gala. This is my third year creating artwork for the gala. You can see previous work here, here, and here.
Let them LOL is a non-profit organization seeking to “empower those who are experiencing unjust suffering by providing them with basic resources; a community here with a community there.”
Thier hearts are for the people of Sierra Leone, Africa. Their mission is to spread hope. They work to bring clean water to the people there, have built a children’s home for orphaned and impoverished children. With the recent Ebola outbreak, they are working to provide help through “Digging Deeper” (read more here)
It can be difficult sometimes to grasp what is happening in other parts of the world and to know what we can do to respond, but we can have a part in helping, in using what resources we may have, whether that may be time, money, experience, etc. to contribute to those suffering in other parts of the world. I am thankful for organizations like Let them LOL who are fighting to bring hope to the suffering. You can read more about their story and organization here.
I want this painting to speak hope… that even in the dark, light is bursting forth.
I am excited to see this painting develop and I will share more step by step photos with you in another post.
I hope you have a wonderful day!:)