Monday, June 28, 2010


Hi Everyone!!!!! It is Monday morning- June 28th. As I sit here and type- we are passing the $6,000.00 raised mark. I am amazed and grateful and awed by what we as artists have done- 1 sketch at a time.

This effort started with a small group at it's heart of children's Illustrators who are friends of mine- and I owe each and everyone of them a hug. For the next month of July - Ripple is going to spotlight some other children's illustrators - that you probably know and love. (I know I do) I perused my book shelves to decide who to ask.... and SCBWI has been a wonderful support as well.

"Great American Illustrator" Month - The cards that will be spotlighted are by illustrators who, having already established themselves as amazing artists and writers and animators - have chosen to throw their pebble in and make a ripple. Also -in this patriotic month of July- we will be asking a $50 donation - for these spotlighted cards. $50 for the 50 states of this nation that want to see the oil stop gushing into the Gulf.

The $10 cards will keep posting- nothing changes with them. The $50 cards will be posted on Mondays - Wednesdays and Fridays.

TO BUY A SPOTLIGHTED CARD: (Here's the difference) The FIRST person to send an inquiry and get a response that it is yours must THEN go donate to the one of the Non Profits and send the copy of the confirmation a.s.a.p.. We will mark the card "HOLD" and when we receive the confirmation we will mark the card "SOLD". Do not donate first and send the confirmation. We'll have a lot of people wanting the same card. It's first come- first serve here on Ripple- just be the first to say "I WANT THAT SKETCH!!!" - then be quick about the donation and confirmation.

I think I've mentioned this before- as a result of Ripple, I get personal reports from a woman at the IBRRC. She said it takes 3 bottles of Dawn Dish Detergent to wash one bird. $10 buys 3 bottles of Dawn. We have raised enough to buy 2,000 bottles of dawn - cleaning a potential 668 birds. (it's all figurative) - BUT- it puts it in perspective. We can help keep these two non profits in supplies. As the oil continues to flood the waters and endanger and damage so many species of wildlife - we do what we can. And we do it together.

It's exciting for me to see who's coming! I know it will be exciting for you too! - KELLY


  1. I am SO freaking excited about this, Kelly! I knew the illustrator's community would be supportive, and the kidlit illustrators even more so! I can't wait to see who shows up!

  2. Sweet!! I will be looking out for some good stuff!!

  3. Can't wait! And it's awesome to get to know where the money is actually going.

  4. Kelly that is such amazing $6000 and growing!! It is also great to hear the specifics of how the money is helping the animals...(it reminds me of that Dawn commercial with the baby duck and otter getting washed up). I'm so glad to have been able to contribute.

  5. Thank you so much for all you do, Kelly! This is amazing!! Hugs, Silke

  6. Not to be repetitive - but thank you so much for creating this outlet. And now with this addition of established illustrator work it's going to be even more amazing!! This is why I became an illustrator - to be a part of a greater whole. I feel like this is only the beginning to the amazing things Ripple will do. Great work.

  7. what an adorable initiative, kelly!
    have you informed the beneficiaries
    also? it might show some more respon-
    se ...

    you'll receive some jpg-mail from me
    shortly also :-)

  8. I have no words Kelly.. This is beyond amazing! xo

  9. Hi everyone! thanks for the excitement and encouragement- this really is so much more than just me. I have contacted the IBRRC - they are so busy.. I don't blame them for not getting back to me. I have so little time for promo work for this. If any of you do have time- it would be a help- if you could and just supply the link here and the email

    Thanks all of you! We still have to keep going cause the oil's still flowing.

  10. Kelly, $6,000 - that's incredible! You're doing something so good, and it makes me feel so good to be part of it. Looking forward to the July artwork!

  11. Kelly, you are really making an amazing effort with this! Best of luck as it continues!


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