Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Live your life wide open

Hi Everybody!! It's Kelly here! I want to thank each and every one of you, Artist and generous supporter. What started as a little effort to do a small act to help the oiled animals of the Gulf disaster - has grown bigger and faster than I ever thought. (I didn't think- I'm just wingin it)
I have to adjust my administering of the art in and the donations in so that I can have a bit of my life back. While you all have been creating little miracles in the form of sketchcards - I have stopped doing all of the art I need to. I have Mount Laundrymore waiting for me and it would be nice to shower and feed my kid a non-frozen meal.
I will fall into a pattern of posting new art only in the evenings. It takes me a day or so to get through all of the donations and process them. I may stumble a bit - mess up here or there. I ask for your forgiveness as I'm a typical artist- I live in organized chaos.

What has grown organically here is so much more than me. It has truly rippled across the world. I am so proud to be an illustrator and share that thread with all of you.

23 comments:

  1. dear kelly,
    THANK YOU for all that you are doing, and thank you to everyone involved.

    Together making a Ripple!

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  2. Thank you ever so much for all of the good work you are doing! If there is anything I could do to help you, please let me know! :)

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  3. Thanks for everything Kelly! Now go shower and feed the kid! :o)

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  4. I think you are amazing for organizing this and am proud to be participating. You have proven what people can do together when they put there minds (and creative minds at that) together to assist a common goal.

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  5. you've done a great job...it's not easy managing creativity! your idea was an instant success...

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  6. Great work, Kelly!!! I was thinking today of how mad busy you must be. All for good. Perhaps there is a way to have someone help? Put it out there!

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  7. Kelly you're amazing! Of course you deserve to back off a bit. If you need any help please let me know! I'd be happy to help with posting art or anything that would make things easier on you. :-)

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  8. You're beautiful, Kelly. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This has truly been a fantastic experience for so many. Thanks to your family too! You are all incredible for doing this project.

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  9. Kelly, your beautiful heart has inspired all of us! Thank you for taking the first step and for allowing each of us to experience what it feels to be a part of something awesome! I appreciate all that you've done and speaking on behalf of everyone, we certainly understand needing to get back to a reasonably normal life. We appreciate whatever effort you can. You are one incredible woman! If you need any help, please let me know. I'd be glad to help in any way I can. Mahalo Nui Loa!

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  10. I was getting worried about you - I can't even imagine how busy this is making you! You have done a great job in keeping up with this. If I can help in any way, I'm here. (Really!)

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  11. With so many mails from all over the world pouring in...It indeed must be a hectic time for you. Kudos for starting this ripple and yes,please do catch a break.

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  12. Congratulations on creating something so positive from such a negative thing. You should be so proud of yourself. I'm sorry, I've now told everyone I know about this blog, so I'm afraid I'm not going to help you with your laundry load!

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  13. You are an inspiration. Thank you for starting a process that brings artists and art lovers together to help in this crisis in a most positive way! And do take a break.

    Maybe a local high school/college student would enjoy volunteering to match donations or post art for you.

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  14. Kelly - you are a truly great person for taking this on. Thank you for giving us small voices a chance to roar together and make a noise loud enough to be heard.
    Now go take a breather. You deserve the break.
    If there's anything I can do to help, please let me know.

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  15. You should be SO proud! And I feel proud to have been a small part of it. No pressure but I'm sending more art! Thankyou for helping all of us.

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  16. I just want to say you rock Kelly!!! Tell hubby to pamper you a whole lot because you deserve it lady. ;o)

    Take a weekend to hot dog house and rest, draw, rest and draw some more. And think of all the good you've done, of the many ripples that have reached every corner of the world thanks to you. When I created the S.S. Ripple card I was thinking of you.. That's little Kelly in that boat.

    You inspire us all.

    xo

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  17. The last thing you should do is put yourself at the bottom of the list ;)

    Unfortunately this crisis will need our help for a long time to come. Post as you can. You can't do anymore than you're already doing and I'm sure we artists, buyers, supporters all understand. You are doing an AMAZING, unselfish act here and I thank you.

    Take little bites Kelly, and don't neglect your own wonderful art!

    Thanks so very much for doing this.

    ~Laurel♥~

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  18. You rock, Kelly! Thank you for all you've done. :-)

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  19. Hi Kelly,

    Perhaps you can ask other artists (or non-artists) who are familiar with Blogger to volunteer in helping you to manage the Ripple blog project. You can then take turns in posting the new material until the volume subsides.

    Leyla

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  20. Kelly, you are a total inspiration. Thank you from the very heart of me for what you are doing. I wish I could reach across that sky we share and give you a huge hug. You are a visionary. Seriously. xxx

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  21. It's amazing what you've been doing. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you...

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  22. THANK YOU- all! - Really this is all of you guys. I've received a personal report from a woman cleaning birds in Florida. She says it takes 3 bottles of Dawn to clean 1 bird. That's 1 sketchcard a bird. We are helping if we keep them in funds to staff and build and supply cleaning centers. It's all about hope for the animals. Thanks -Kel

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  23. Many, many thanks, Kelly..you have started something so wonderful and it's so great to see it grow so quickly. I hope you get some rest and take time for you and your family.

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