Thursday, 4 August 2011

Paint Party Friday....it's like free money...

Close up of the eye

Brodie - work in progress - pen and ink stippled.
Brodie posing!

So, first things first - This is my contribution to Paint Party Friday this week - You might remember how I did the pointy portrait of our boy dog, Reuben, a while back? Well, I couldn't not also do one of our girl dog, Brodie, and after umpteen attempts to get just the right photograph to work from, I started it this week (a half hour here and there during my lunchbreak at work).  It's a work in progress obviously, but although I've finished a few more Twisty Towns, this seemed appropriate for what I really wanted to talk about this week which is this...

Money for nothing (sort of!)

As anyone who is a regular visitor to my blog will no doubt know, animals are the thing I get most fired up about - more specifically the never ending catalogue of horrific things that humans (with the alleged superior intelligence) inflict upon the creatures that we share this planet with. Anyway, it's for that reason that if I ever sign a petition or donate to charity  then more often than not, it will be in support of one of the planet's creatures or another.  For me it's animals, for you it might be children, the elderly or a cancer charity - we all have something that affects us personally or just means a lot to us for one reason or another.

Recently, I discovered Easyfundraising - a website set up specifically to help those of us who regularly shop online (and let's face it, credit crunch or not, who doesn't shop online these days?).  It couldn't be easier - you register your email address and choose the charity you'd like to donate to then each time you plan on treating yourself to something online, instead of going directly to the retailer's website you simply go via Easyfundraising's website and the retailer will automatically donate a percentage of what you spend.

It doesn't actually cost you a penny but you are helping the charity of your choice everytime you indulge in a spot of online retail therapy -what's not to love!

Easyfundraising email you to confirm that a donation has been made and then every couple of months they let you know how much has been raised for your chosen charity.  I have two using two different email addresses - Dog's Trust which is a well known UK charity and Assisi Animal Sanctuary which is a small animal refuge in my home town.  I got an email about both of these letting me know how much was being sent to them this month.  Unfortunately, even though Assisi has a lot of local support, only 3 people are registered with Easyfundraising and so we didn't raise enough to warrant sending a cheque this time around (It has to be over £15).  This is why I felt compelled to write this post - it seems crazy to me that more people wouldn't register - it's the easiest possible way to raise money for the charity of your choice! 

Although Easyfundraising is for UK charities, I'm sure if any folk reading this from anywhere else in the world wanted to help raise funds for a charity that means something to them, they could still register and shop (E.g Amazon, Ebay) via Easyfundraising anyway. It is, after all, the charitable thing to do :0)

Happy Paint Party Friday!

47 comments:

  1. your work is amazing! the portrait you are working on is so well done - looks like a real photograph!
    great idea about the charity - too -

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  2. beautiful work and such a beautiful dog,, I think you suggestion is brilliant,, I also feel disgust and dismay at how humans treat our four legged friends,

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  3. your work is very impressive. it is spot on. what a doll that brodie is!

    :)

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  4. I love it when you do these of your dogs! Can hardly wait to see it finished.

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  5. Love your doggy portrait, and it's a good idea with the charity! Valerie

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  6. The charity is something I will look at and sign up with, as like you I am constantly horrified at animal cruelty, that also includes circus animals, horse racing, dog racing and so on. I admire people who travel the world and expose these horrors, (i.e. WWF), I know I couldn't do it as I would be in a high state of anger and upset for most of the time, any professionalism would go straight out of the window. xxx

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  7. What a great idea to generate funds for charity. I'd never heard of it! Children and animals are top on my list too!! I must turn off the tv when anything abusive about animals is shown... I can't handle it... Your photo is adorable....can't wait to see the finished painting...Love your little dog...so adorable, so lovable and innocent. Can't imagine anyone neglecting an animal!! Thanks for this great post!

    Hugs Giggles

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  8. That sounds like a great idea. I actually love your dog portrait the way it is there is something very cool about the half lighlty doodled part of it that gives it a certain something. YOu are an excellent artist x

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  9. Brodie is yummy isn't she and so are your dot paintings it must take so much time how on earth do you price an item to sell is beyond me. Children and animals all the way for me too. Those that can not help them selves all need our support. Dxx

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  10. You know, I think you need to change the sub title of your blog to the random musings of an artist. Time to knock off the would be!!

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  11. WOW!!! This is going to be one amazing piece, such detail in your work!!! Can't wait to see it finished. And great idea about the charity too! :0)

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  12. Thanks for the info. I'll have to research if we have something similar here in our country. I always try to donate when ever I can since animals are my soft spot. :) That's why I have so many adopted ones.

    Great portrait in progress. This technique you're doing just boggles my mind. I would love to see you in action. :)

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  13. The detail in your sketch is amazing, you are sooooo good!!! The photo is fantastic too!!!Great idea about the charity site, I'll check it out! Deb

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  14. Wonderful art style and so well done ~ Love them! Happy PPF ~ Carol from Share the Creative Journey ~ ^_^

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  15. The portrait of Brodie is great, even unfinished. She looks like an awesome dog.

    Thanks for pointing me to the fundraising site, what a great idea.

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  16. Hey! That is great info. Thank you so much for sharing. Your picture of Brodie is already gorgeous. Your passion for animals shines through in all the portraits of them. Truly.

    xo

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  17. What a looker Brodie is!! And how well you are capturing her personality. Beautiful!

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  18. Totally wonderful work already, so much detail. Have never heard of this charity idea, will look into it. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  19. Great beginnings of your dog!! I rescue Chihuahua's so that is how I help. Animals and what some people do to them just breaks my heart.

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  20. You captured the most perfect angle for Brodie. I love seeing your in progress drawings, I'm always in awe of your talent and now your giving heart... what a nice thing to use your blog to draw attention to.

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  21. wonderful work and I agree with you whenever I give to a charity, it's for animals.

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  22. fabulous post. and fabulous picture. pretty impressive all those little dots

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  23. oh this is gorgeous!!! what a wonderful start....and that charity thing is brilliant!!! I shop way too much!! so this is a great way to feel better about spending!!!!

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  24. Ouch! I'm impressed! Can't wait to see the end product!

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  25. Brodie is going to be every bit as beautiful as Reuben, and best of all, we get to watch her progress! I'm looking forward to seeing your twisty towns as well- yum!
    PPF Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  26. Wow! Your art is always so amazing and this portrait of your little sweetie is turning out wonderfully!

    Great post, my heart always goes out to animals, too.

    Happy PPF!

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  27. This portrait of Brodie is amazing!!!! Love it.

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  28. Pen-And-Ink pointilism was my first love as an artist. Your work in progress is SUPERB! HAPPY PPF!

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  29. Brodie look wonderful. I love it and love what you said about God's little creatures that count on us. I feel the same way. I love your work, awesome. Happy PPF!

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  30. Oh my gosh, this is insanely good! Wow! How log did it take you to do what you've completed already? Wow. Impressive. :)

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  31. This is already obviously going to be a winner! Brilliantly done! Can't wait to see it finished!

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  32. Brodie is beautiful! I'd trade my sunshine for Ireland in a heartbeat. Love your work!

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  33. Your WIP is so beautiful. Your animal portraits amaze me. And your suggestion about the charities is a very good one.

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  34. I am in awe of your talent with these pointy portraits. Just love 'em. I'm going to check out the fundraising site now.

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  35. You never cease to blow me away with the painstaking detail and the beauty of your dots..I mean....dots???!!!...absolutley amazing!
    Thanks for the info about the charity website, sounds like a brilliant idea..shall defo go and check it out.
    ps.lovely to see your photo on your wee bookmark thingie...what a gorgeous little pixie you are :)

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  36. Great info. in this post! I love the way Brodie is turning out... can't wait to see more! Your attention to detail is absolutely amazing :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  37. You're beautiful little Brodie is coming along fantastically! I too love animals and love to paint and draw them.
    I worked as a Veterinarian's assistant for many years and worked at the Humane Society of NY. I post a lot about animal cruelty on facebook, they too make it easy to donate. Thanks for all your info and care of the innocent that can't protect themselves.

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  38. beautiful work in progress.. love the texture you create on this cute dog... he sure is a model too! And I admire you for your generosity. God bless!

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  39. What a sweet dogggie........he looks like he is saying...ok look at me...toooo cute...love your sketching of him too!

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  40. You are one amazing artist!
    Adore Brodie and for a moment I thought the photograph was a sketch as well....could very well be.

    p.s. Great idea with the charity.

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  41. I love how you come up with such amazing portraits of your adorable pups! Beautiful work, amiga! Donating to charity while we shop sounds like something we all could be doing. Imagine how much $$$ could be raised without much effort at all! Thank you for bringing this up and enlightened us. I must look into it and see if there's something like it in the states!

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  42. Fantastic post! Your work is absolutely *amazing* and I'm so glad to hear of that fundraiser website...will try to check something out for Canada

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  43. Thank you all so much for such fantastic comments about my work - it really inspires me when such talented folk say such positive things to me. Thanks also for the lovely compliments about the gorgeous Brodie - she is beautiful (even though I am a biased dog-mum!)
    Sophia and Dawn - to answer your questions - the work in progress there took me about 3 hours so far and as for pricing it - that's where I have problems - I charge an hourly rate as it depends on how detailed a subject is but usually it would take me between 8-20 hours to do a piece like this!
    I'm so glad you found the information on Easyfundraising useful and hope there are similar sites in the States or Canada or wherever you happen to be.

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  44. What an adorable picture of your beautiful Brodie!
    Amazing work on your own version of it.

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