Sunday, January 23

A Special Project

Well, I'm totally behind on my word count.  I'm at about 11,500, which is 3500 short of my goal for the week.  Which isn't to say I can't make up a good chunk of that today, it's just to say that at this moment, I'm way behind.

Part of the reason is that I started a new art project this week and it took a little more "research time" than I'd expected (I needed some photo references.)  The other reason is the Sims.  I spent entirely too many hours playing my game yesterday... but I really did need a break.  I'm feeling much more charged up for writing this morning.  :)  By this time next week, I plan to be at 20,000 words (or more.)

But back to that new art project.  Many moons ago, I started a piece (actually started it twice) that I've decided to re-visit (the first versions weren't very good.  I didn't have the Internet at my fingertips, so I had to draw all of the critters from memory, which admittedly was a wee bit better back then.)   Unfortunately all of the images I pulled from the web are (most likely) copy written, so I can't share any of my photo references, but I can talk about what I'm doing with them.  The piece will be in watercolor and is 24x28 inches--so no small endeavor.  It is a tribute to our endangered and extinct animals--those we have lost or may lose specifically because of human ignorance and negligence, whether it is the careless destruction of natural habitats, as in the case of the  baiji, or Yangtze River dolphin (other river dolphins may follow the baiji into extinction because we cannot seem to stop polluting our waterways), or willful destruction of animal life, as was the case of the thylacine, who was essentially hunted out of existence.  Much the same seems to be happening to the wolves in Alaska.   There is no excuse for any of this; we, as the dominant species on our planet, have the capacity and frankly the obligation to our children and grand children to preserve this planet and the creatures who inhabit it with us.  When we introduce new species of animals into to an area, we alter that habitat forever; native plants and animals pay the price.  Ultimately, so do we.

100% of the profits from sales of prints will go to help endangered species in one way or another; likewise with the sale of the original, although as it is a large and time consuming piece, it is going to have a fairly hefty price tag, so I don't expect it to sell over night.  More details will be forthcoming.

I've spent $20 on supplies; I estimate it'll take about $15 worth of paint (I apply paint pretty thick).   I'm not counting anything towards my time, either in painting or promoting the work; that's part of the donation, as it is my profound hope that we won't lose any more species to our own negligence.

Over the next few days and weeks, I'll be posting images of my progress.

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.

Chief Seattle

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