Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ripple thru Clean Water


"Drink" by Rob Risek - available!
"Art for Water is a non-profit campaign to aid water charities in bringing clean and safe drinking water to the almost 1 billion who struggle without it.
Art for Water is made up of artists who have donated their LIMITED EDITION artwork to be part of an online store where 100% of proceeds will go towards the campaign. This website is collection of talented artists from all over the world.
To raise $20,000.
Almost a billion people on the planet do not have clean and safe drinking water. We’ve decided that this is unacceptable. $20 is all that is needed to save one life. Think about how easily you spend $20. It’s not a lot to us, but it can do so much somewhere else in the world."


Monday, June 20, 2011

Ripples don't stop

Artist Katie Daisy's ripple on Etsy to help the Gulf  - there's still a need

Monday, March 28, 2011

Illustrators Australia

Illustrators Australia for Japan Auction

"Illustrators Australia Online Auction 100% of proceeds being donated to Red Cross Australia's Japan and Pacific Disaster Appeal 2011. Feel free to browse the gallery, to make a bid click the link to the eBay listing. Thank you so much to all members for their donations!" 

Auction starts on Monday 28th March at 12pm!

Find it HERE


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Toronto for Japan

"Toronto To Japan is a Toronto-based ad hoc collective of Canadian artists, musicians, writers, activists and business leaders organizing events to raise relief funds for victims of the earthquake/tsunami in Japan. We especially support the work of MSF and Second Harvest Japan - check out torontotojapan.ca/donate for ways to support these great organizations."

We tweet from @torontotojapan.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

British Artists Auction for Japan

There is No Cavalry

Blog and details HERE

"I’m putting on an exhibition / auction of UK and Irish creative work to raise funds for victims of the tsunami.
Artists include: writers, photographers, designers and illustrators from the advertising industry who are kindly donating work to be auctioned/sold.
I have already received the first piece for the exhibition – a beautiful poem by Irish poet, Patrick Chapman.
I’ve had lots of very positive feedback, offers of help, and advice on how to put on an exhibition!
If anyone out there wants to donate some artwork, please drop me a line. It can either be something bespoke, related to the disaster, or something from your archives. Or, if you know someone else you think might want to help, send them this post.
The medium isn’t important either. It could be: a painting, illustration, photograph, poem, prose, haiku, graphic design etc.
What it must be: is something that you think someone else might want to put on their wall.
The main goal for this is to raise money for the people of Japan." -David Milligan-Croft

The Japan Art Auction. Thursday 7th April. Studio Manchester. Buy a ticket please.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tonight!- Otis Frampton draws live for Japan

Otis Frampton is a truly talented guy. He draws commissioned cartoon masterpieces live on UStream.
I have watched many times think "How does he do that?" - He's working his magic for good tonight.

He will draw tonight @ 6 PM CST - Here's some links and a blurb from his blog:

"This Sunday I will be having a 6 hour Tsunami relief artcast starting at 6:00PM CST and going until midnight. I will be donating the money I made from the "Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah" commission as well as the money I make from that night's 7-7-Sunday commissions to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief effort."

Otis' BLOG


Friday, March 18, 2011

Another Artist creates his own ripples for Japan - St├ęphane Kardos

Stef's Sketches


Artist and Art Director for Disney Consumer Products   casts his ripples for Japan.
"All the proceeds to the Red Cross. My contribution will be match dollar for dollar by The Walt Disney Company."

His Blog about the effort is HERE

Thursday, March 17, 2011

For the Libraries! -Texas Library Disaster Relief Fund

Space Age, donated  for the 2011 raffle by
Melanie Hope Greenberg

The annual art raffle benefits the Texas Library Disaster Relief Fund, created to assist libraries in our state as they recover from natural disasters. The raffle will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2011 during the second general session of the TLA Annual Conference in Austin. A ticket form is available for the convenience of those who will not be at conference this spring (mail by Monday, April 4); and tickets will be sold in the 4th Street Lobby of the convention center and and at various events at the conference: $5 each or 5 for $20.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Artists have generous hearts - More for Japan

On March 11, an 8.9 earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan near the city of Sendai. It is the most powerful earthquake they ever experienced. Artists Help Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Fund is responding to the immediate needs of survivors as well as short-term to long-term recovery projects undertaken by the affected communities.



Illustration Rally launched the Ganbare Nippon appeal on the 13th of March 2011 in response to the horrific events in Japan on the 11th. This is an overview of the appeal and how you can get involved and support us in supporting Japan. We say "Don't give up Japan" and we will show you the strength and hope in our community.


These are 3 more artist driven efforts to help the ravaged country of Japan. Give what you can- Help spread the word. We're all still ripples.-Kelly

From my first Ripple post:
"All of these talented folks believe like me- if we all do small acts together- we can cause a ripple- and it can grow. We can DO SOMETHING."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Land of the Rising Sun needs our Help- Art for Japan

Illustrator Meg Hunt has started her own Ripple over at Show and Tell to help the devastated country of Japan after the earthquake and Tsunami.  Unfathomable loss and unfathomable need in the country that has given us thousands of years of the most beautiful art and culture. Western artists have drawn so much from the aesthetic of Japan - lets give some love back with our art and our hearts.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ripple News: Cartoons for a cause: Team Cul de Sac sends art from the heart for Parkinson's Disease

 Cartoonists who care about Parkinson's Disease

I am happy to let anyone know about another group of artists' do-gooding.  Follow this link to find out about the effort and the talent that surrounds this cause.  Let's keep the ripples going in many directions!

Richard Thompson's blog
and fab Cul de Sac cartoon strip!

The Team Cul de Sac effort - at Team Fox

Thanks guys!-Kelly

Monday, November 29, 2010

RIPPLE NEWS:Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka starts his own ripple... The "Joe and Shirl Scholarship"

I hope you guys got a blog update and RAN here to Ripple to see what new excitement in the world of do-gooding is going on!

Ripple's own contributor and Illustrator Extraordinaire- Jarrett Krosoczka has created a wonderful foundation to raise funds to provide scholarships for art studies to kids with family challenges.  The "Joe and Shirl Scholarship" honors the gift his Grandparents gave him- the chance to pursue his dreams - by paying it forward.

All of the info can be found HERE   

The auctions went live today.

I am particularly excited by the chance to be a character in a Lunch Lady book. Ripple had lots and lots of wonderful librarians supporting our cause- I know, in part because of the faboo illustrators who gave original art- So, Come on Back now ya hear? - Seriously, what better thing to do then find a way to give back what we can - especially when we feel so lucky ourselves to be where we are. Give a kid an opportunity to explore art and get some great art at the same time. It's a win - win!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ripple : 6/1/10 -9/30/10

Kelly Light here.... Ripple has now finished what it set out to do. All of the art is left up here for your enjoyment. If any of the artists wish to sell the unsold art on your own to benefit these organizations- that would be fabulous. If anyone finds art here that they would like to buy to benefit these organizations- most of the artists have links in their posts from which you can contact them.  Artists can also mail any unsold art directly to the organizations as a "Thank You" - to a volunteer. (They're still there - still working and will be for a long time)

On a personal note - it was a thrilling ride - watching the art come in. Some of the well known artists like Mo Willems- made me shed a tear with how touching his sketches and words were. Some of the lesser known artists knocked my socks off - like Michael Fleming and Colleen Madden. Artists who I know personally and who's work I am familiar with - surprised me with the heart and sweetness in their sketches - like Jarrett Krosoczka and Kathy Blackmore. The funny ones- the biting ones - the hopeful ones.. all were so diverse in style and approach- but all unified by the love of the ocean, the beach, the birds and the animals. I have a list of favorites 100 sketches long.

I hope what we've done leaves behind the inspiration and the belief- That anyone can do something to help- no matter how small - when faced with what seems like an insurmountable problem. It just takes one voice - one person to create a space for hope and action - like they say in Field of Dreams "If you build it, they will come".

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Closing Day

Ripple closes tonight at midnight. We are at $10, 930.00 raised for the animals of the Gulf!!! We may not reach $11,000.00 but we have reached around the world and back to the oily waters off of Louisiana.

I'm so proud of what we all did. I will rap up and close down tomorrow!  -Kelly

Monday, September 27, 2010

976-983 Melinda B - last Ripples


I've always had a particular passion for whimsical children’s illustrations, animals and fantastical beasts. I began drawing as a young child, brimming with wild images from my imagination. This creative expression grew into a genuine love of drawing, and eventually design and photography, and has blossomed into a personally rewarding and lucrative freelance career. The animal kingdom has been a great inspiration to me throughout my artistic life. How all the creatures of the world developed in their own unique way is just amazing to me, I am in awe of the natural living world. Life is the most beautiful art I have ever seen. At heart, I am an adventurer, traveler, and explorer of life. My artwork is intrinsically inspired and enriched by my life's experiences and adventures both at home and abroad. I am an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an award winning, Signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America.
My sketchcard artworks for Ripple are 2.5"x3.5" and were created with colored pencils, pen & ink, and gouache on several different surfaces including rag board, arches hot press watercolor paper, and colored & textured cardstock.

970-972. Star Light Star Bright

Star Light Star Bright
Jo Gershman is a children’s book illustrator living in the Seattle area.   Beyond the sadness and pain over the spill and its effects on wildlife, this project is especially important to her because her husband was born and raised in New Orleans.   These are original watercolor paintings are 3.5” square. 



973-975 John Deininger's amazing paintbrush

When not illustrating in a small Seattle apartment, I’m usually out in the wilds of ocean, grass, and mountain - overwhelmed by the big thing we are a small part of. The age, beauty, diversity, and power of the natural world is an endless inspiration for art and story - there is still so much we don’t understand! And my heart crushes when the natural world is run over by our human emotions of material-want and greed.

Thank you, Kelly, for giving artists and donors a wonderfully thoughtful (and beautiful) way to reach out and keep our inspiration alive!

The sketches are watercolor on Strathmore bristol, 5”x7”.

-John Deininger

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


Ripples Fading AWAY 9/30

Hey All. Ripple closes this Thursday. No more art is being accepted and no more sales after Thursday. I will do a rap up- Thanks!!

528, 529 & 530 The Birds Will Rise Again

528. Ibis

529. Pelican

530. Plover

Arthi Aravind is a Marketing/Environmental Policy student at the College of William & Mary. Art and nature have been her two passions since she was small and she is just starting to branch out into the world of illustration and graphic design. Her favorite mediums are colored pencil, brush pens, and watercolor, though she dabbles with both digital and vector art as well.
These sketch cards are about 4 inches wide. 
My links:
Each card is available for a $10 donation. See details at right.

527 SOLD Ocean Jar

Lisa Griffin is a professional illustrator who lives in New Hampshire. Her love of animals and nature is reflected in her work as well as her home. This card is an original pen and ink/watercolor illustration that has been signed by the artist. (watermark is digital only and does not appear on the actual card).


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

526 Shark in the Waters

Art by Diane Lucas.

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

Sunday, September 26, 2010

522, 524 & 525 Helping With Art

522. Helping Them With My Art

524. Oily Bird

525. The Birds Are Sad

My name is Nic Badila and I live in Atlanta, GA. I am 11 years old and I am an artist who LOVES animals! I wish I could go rescue them, but my mom doesn't want me to get sick. I am really happy that I can help to save them with my art. As part of a homeschool project, I have started a t-shirt business and I have created a special oil spill tee to sell to my friends and I am donating all of the profits to help save animals.

My blog is http://nicadoodle.blogspot.com.

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

518 Help the Pelican!

I submitted work earlier but my son wanted to submit some art as well. Jacob is 10 and is an aspiring artist and musician. He was inspired by all the art and wanted to contribute in some way.

David Burk

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

517 Jaws

517. Requiem for Bruce (Bruce was named after the shark in Jaws, which I watched last night!)

Artwork by John Huber is on 2.5 x 3.5, 160lb acid free paper.

Fine Art. Illustration. Design. Photography. Web.

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

Saturday, September 25, 2010

509, 510SOLD & 511 Crude Marsh

509. Oil on Water

510. SOLD Oil on Oil

511. Crude Marsh

I am an artist living and working in the Pacific Northwest. These images are monotypes made with acrylic paint on watercolor paper.

Angela Wales Rockett
website: http://www.studiotenshi.com
blog: http://ryhopewood.blogspot.com
small works: http://studiotenshi.blogspot.com

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

508 Help Save Us

508. Save Us
My name is Karen and I live in Pensacola, FL.
Each card is available for a $10 donation. See details at right

497 SOLD Scenes from the Gulf

497. SOLD Under the Sea

Leann Webb is a compulsive doodler and part time cartoonist who grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She has a life-long love for the beach, especially the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. When the news of the explosion of the Deep Water Horizon oil well reached her, she was saddened, both for the families of the 11 men who lost their lives, as well as the knowledge of how life in and along the Gulf will never be the same.
The drawing reflects how everyone, both man and beast, is affected by this disaster. Not only is the sea life compromised but also is the livelihood of the people who live along the gulf.

"Under the Sea" is done in color pencil on paper. "Fishing Trip" is done in acrylic on 16"x 20" canvas of a father and son fishing on the beach at Gulf Shores, AL. Little did Leann know when she painted this that this familiar sight wasn't going to be so familiar for long.

Website: http://snevelandco.com

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

Friday, September 24, 2010

487 Where We Were

My name is Christi Scott, an illustrator from Victoria, B.C, Cananda.  I am a transitionist and love to dabble in many forms of art making.

The title for this small mixed media drawing, is called "Where We Were".

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

486 No Worries!

I am Marjolein, 28 years old, living in the Netherlands and working as an illustrator. I am also working part time for a climate research institute and try to transfer knowledge from science to policy and vice versa. I hold ecology, the natural world and the plants, animals and people that live in it close at heart. Most of all I experience that a positive and funny approach to these tough subjects is the best solution.

Studio Lakmoes, Nijmegen
KvKno 09217779

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

485 Save the Whales

My name is Jeremy Robinson and I live in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. I really enjoy drawing. I hope this little illustration can help in some small way :D

Here are my blogs:
Each card is available for a $10 donation. See details at right.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

472. ripples

Pigment pen on textured watercolour card.
Image size 2.5”x3.5”, card size 4.5” x 6”.
Each card is available for a $10 donation. See details at right

459.SOLD into the light

Mary Lou

I have been illustrating for over 20 years. My professional background is in graphic art. I freelance out of my home in Willoughby Ohio. Also I work as a substitute for the schools and the library when needed. I enjoy reading, gardening, and of course drawing pretty pictures!

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


457. give hope


My name is Traci Bixby. I am a watercolor artist living in Seattle, WA. I am amazed at how we can come together one painting at a time to help. It gives me hope.


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

454. 455. Inferno

Hi, Mariko Kuzumi - from Queens, New York
I see the disaster as Inferno for all the living things at and around the area. It is so real, I hear and see their anger, confusion and desparate cry every day.

My blog: http://marikokarts.blogspot.com/

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

Ripples do spread and eventually dissipate.....

Hey Everyone!

I enjoyed a lovely day at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst , MA this past Sunday. I told people about Ripple, showed examples of the wonderful art that you all have created from your hearts and talked about the work the volunteers do. The  museum visitors  made their own pieces of art to send to the volunteers at the IBRRC as Thank Yous for all of their hard work. I met David Hyde Costello and saw him draw little lovely sketches for each and every person who came to see him. He had a giraffe puppet of the character from his book "I Can Help"- that he made that was amazing.

We are in the last 10 days of Ripple. At the end of the month - all sales will stop. I will leave the blog up for people to come and see what you all did. I invite all of the artists to do one of 2 things with the art that has not sold. 1. Sell it on your own blog to benefit one of these four organizations. 2. Mail it to the organization of your choice as a Thank you to a volunteer along with a note. All links are on the right.

Any questions email ripplesketches@verizon.net

Thanks Guys- Kelly

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

G 50.SOLD Kate Garchinsky - Time to Fly!!!

"With a whoosh of her wings Young Heron takes flight, and a scattering of herons soon joins her."
Color Sketch from Time to Fly
Original story and illustrations by Kate Garchinsky, PenguinArt.com
Mixed water media on pastel paper

About the illustrator:

Philadelphia-based artist Kate Garchinsky is an independent art director and award-winning writer/illustrator who has specialized in all segments of children’s media, family and youth marketing for the past 13 years. In 2009 her first children’s book manuscript, Time to Fly, received a letter of commendation in the Society of Children’s Book Writers & IllustratorsBarbara Karlin Grant Competition. More recently, Garchinsky conceptualized, co-produced and created all illustrations for the children’s album, “Sing Me to Sleep: Indie Lullabies“, released on American Laundromat Records in May 2010. Kate aspires to inspire and enrich young minds with her stories and art.

The family of Yellow-Crowned Night Herons that inspired Time to Fly nested in southern New Jersey, an area where they are listed as a threatened species. This heron breeds as far north as New England, but winters heavily in the coastal wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico. Oil in the marshes, mudflats and mangroves pose a serious threat to their livelihood, contaminating their much-needed food supply after a long, exhaustive fall migration. 

"Volunteers from Tri-State Bird Rescue in Newark, Delaware—located minutes from my home—were first responders on the scene in the Deepwater Horizon Wildlife Response. I can tell you from personal experience that Tri-State is a small organization that not only needs but deserves donations and support. No bird rescue effort is too big or too small. In July I took an injured Scarlet Tanager from my yard to their facility and in a week was invited to retrieve her and release her back where she belonged. In two weeks I shall attend an information session for aspiring bird rescue volunteers at the facility. Birds so bring joy and inspiration to my life, I am simply compelled to protect them."

 illustration details:

Image size: 6.5" x 8.5"
Total paper size (with border): 10" x 8"
Mixed water media on pastel paper
May I request that the $50 donation for my painting go specifically to Tri-State Bird Rescue? 

I'm going to be attending an information session there this Thursday for their volunteer bird rehab program.  Thank you so much.

452. Oyster Catcher

My name is Tessa. I was born and raised in South Africa and have lived and travelled extensively throughout that majestic continent. I currently live near the ocean in Norfolk, England. My art is a celebration of life and through my art I endeavour in some small way to encapsulate the essence, the spirit and the strength of the exceptional people I have been so very privileged to meet. It is true that when one tugs at a single thing in nature, he or she find it attached to the rest of the world and that is what I try hard to express in all the work that I do. My online gallery can be found at www.theaerialarmadillo.com and my blog is here: http://aerialarmadillo.blogspot.com

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

449. 451.be bold about this disaster

451. Goldfish Thoughts

449. Spouting Rhetoric

Katie Davis

These two pieces are originally from my first picture book, WHO HOPS?, which is for very young children. I've seen kids laughing and loving this book, and it struck me that their innocence and that of the sea creatures being hurt by this disaster are closely related. I've enhanced the images digitally because I wanted to juxtapose that innocence with the horror.

After hearing that the oil companies just copied off their emergency plans (protecting walruses in the Gulf? What the--?) I thought about the underwater animals that have yet to be affected and hope they will remain so.

She is the author/illustrator of picture books, including Who Hops?, and Kindergarten Rocks! and the upcoming Little Chicken’s Big Day. Her novel, The Curse of Addy McMahon, is a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year. She is known for her engaging and interactive books that appeal to children of all ages, and is a popular presenter at conferences and schools.


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