Thursday, August 12, 2010


Ripple has passed it's goal of raising $10,000.00 to help the organizations cleaning the animals of the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill!!

This afternoon - I did the math (it took awhile) and it is true!! We are already over the goal. Wow.

I can not Thank all of you enough for this effort! What small acts can do when we do them together! As a thank you to all of you who gave your art and your heart with a donation - I did this quick 8 X 10 illustration. If you email - 20 Prints are available as my Thank You to any of you who helped who would like one.

So what's next for Ripple? We go out with a BANG! - We run through September. Teachers have asked to do this with their students when school starts. September 19th - I will be at the Eric Carle Museum working on art for the volunteers with the kids in the studio. More details on that to follow...  And!!! We still have lots of great art coming in, beautiful art is already waiting to help the animals of the Gulf. We will be bumping up all of the great art that flew past too fast to sell in the early days. I will probably announce when the end of Ripple is in sight but let's not dwell on that- Let's celebrate what we've done and work to do some more! Though the oil is no longer spilling, the birds and mammals and sea turtles still need our help and the volunteers are still tirelessly working to give them a chance at life.

Thanks so much guys!-Kelly

926. Sold Cleaned and free from Kathy B

This sketch was inspired by the news of rescued, cleaned pelicans being released in Merritt Island, FL. That's where we go to hang at the beach. It's titled: clean and flying free.

I am an Illustrator who was transplanted in Orlando for an animation gig at Disney. I've set down roots
and grown to love natural Florida. The oil spill is destroying the grand biodiversity in the Gulf and all 
along its coasts. Please help! Together we can make a difference to preserve and to rescue those most
severely affected. With gratitude, Kathy Blackmore

 Each card is available for a $10 donation. See details at right

925. SOLD Sea Salt!

Janet McDonnell is a children's illustrator from the Chicago area.  This 5" x 7" illustration was created with watercolor, gouach, India ink, and even a little sea salt!  You can see more of her work here:

This card is available for a $10 donation. See details at right.

921.922.923. 924. Don't take Nature's beauty for granted

921. Roseate Spoonbill 4"x6" colored pencil and felt pen

922. Rock Star 4"x6" colored pencil and felt pen

923. Manatee 4"x6" colored pencil and felt pen

924. Brown Pelican 6"x4"  colored pencil and felt pen

The day after I decided to participate in this, I went snorkeling at Waikiki.  For the first time in my life, I saw a Hawaiian bobtail squid.  It was only about one inch long, white with red spots, and it hovered just beyond my reach, staring at me with one eye. As I stared back, in awe, I thought about the animals in Florida and how a disaster like this would ruin our ecosystem in Hawaii.  I'm so blessed to live here, and I try not to take Nature's beauty for granted.

I'm honored and grateful for the opportunity to help in some small way.  I love seeing what the other artists are doing! Thank you, Kelly, for making this happen, and thank you to those who will buy my art.

Alina Niemi is a writer, artist, and teacher in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She is currently working on a children's picture book and a Malaysian vegetarian cookbook. 
Find more of her work at: 

This card is available for a $10 donation. See details at right. 

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