The Art of Sharing Project

Have you ever wondered if you have a gift worth sharing? Do you paint, write, sing?

Why do some have so much while others have nothing? I have a friend who taught me a wonderful lesson - We should not give to others who have nothing - we should share. It is more respectful.

With this in mind, I am using my gift - painting. In December 2009, I will host an exhibit/sale of paintings based on photos that friends have taken over the years during their trips to Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Bangladesh and more.

A percentage of any sales will be donated to PWRDF - The Anglican Primates World Relief and Development Fund - More on PWRDF later.

As I complete each painting, I will post them here, with the picture's background.


Silence is Not an Answer

Silence is Not an Answer
My first painting for PWRDF was Silence is Not An Answer. This was based on a photo taken by Mo. Marian Jefferies in Ethiopia ten years ago. The photo was shot two days before the war broke out.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ethiopian mountains

I think I forgot to post this painting before. And I figured out how to incude the copyright note.
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I finally have some colour on her face, but I am not too happy about it yet.
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I did a lot of work to this one - still lots to do.
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I still need to do some work on the background.
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revisions to painting

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I did a bit more work on the sky, but i think it is a bit too strong a colour.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Eager to paint

I have been out of town on business and am eager to start painting again. I am glad I had this break because while I was away on conference I did three things that made a difference.

1) I did not turn on the TV

2) I listened to a relaxation CD - instrumental music that was created to help people sleep. But what it did for me was to relieve tension and stress.

3) I spent my spare time reading "The Artist's Way". it asked readers to write "Morning pages" - just scribbles of whatever came to mind. And it taught me a lot. I learned that of all the causes i wanted to support, what meant the most to me was water for all. I care deeply for education, but for many personal reasons, some too emotional for me to express right now, having good, clean and abundant water for all is important. I recommend the book - even if you are not an artist. It is a great tool.

What is PWRDF?

The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is the Canadian Anglican agency for development, relief, refugees, and justice. With the support of Anglican parishes across Canada, PWRDF makes financial and human resources available to support our partners' initiatives and to promote knowledgeable actions of solidarity at home and around the world.

Early on in our history, PWRDF recognized the need for Anglicans in Canada to be aware of the underlying causes of poverty and injustice in the world and to come together to act for change. PWRDF seeks to be a part of the outreach and social justice ministry of every parish. In cooperation with other churches and with broader social networks, PWRDF is a part of a wide faith-based social justice community that comes together in educational events, analysis and reflection, campaigns, worship and solidarity.

PWRDF works in partnership with organizations in Canada and throughout the world to support people-centred development that improves the quality of daily life for vulnerable populations, promotes self-reliance, and addresses root causes of poverty and injustice. PWRDF is active in approximately 30 countries, and also accompanies Uprooted People – including victims of disasters, refugees, internally displaced people, and migrant workers. PWRDF partners are drawn from Anglican churches, ecumenical organizations and community-based groups. Partners address the root causes of problems and accompany communities as they move beyond survival into sustainable development.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Works in progress

These are some of the latest works I have for the show in December. Note - works in progress.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Works in progress

This is where all the work is done - my studio. As you can tell, I paint in the basement - in a lovely room that my husband built for me.