Happy Gotcha Day Okey!!! Okey October Art Auction and Video!

See all the “Okey’ October” artworks!

"Okey - Superstar Promise Keeper" Digital Art by BZTAT

“Okey is my superstar! Would you like to join her in being an Okey’s Promise Keeper? www.okeyspromise.com

Today is a very special day for Okey and me. It is Okey’s Gotcha Day!!! One year ago today. I watched from a distance as Okey crept into a live trap that I had set to get her out of a cold and dangerous parking lot. It was a frightening experience for her, but we bonded instantly once she came inside my art studio.

Many in the rescue community are fond of saying, “Who rescued who?” That certainly applies for me. It has been a journey for both of us. Initially thinking that I would help her until she was ready to be adopted by someone else, I eventually realized that I could never ever give her up. The realization came after I dropped her off at the vet be spayed. As I got back into my car and felt the same feelings I did when any of my other cats were getting surgery, the song “Lullaby” by the Dixie Chicks came on. I wept uncontrollably.

In addition to today’s artwork, I also created a video to celebrate Okey’s Gotcha Day. I hope that it brings about the feelings that you have about your own pets and the bond you feel with them. Why not visit my YouTube page and leave her a “Happy Gotcha Day” message in the comments? You could also give her a gift by donating to the latest Okey’s Promise Art project!

In honor of my cat Okey whose “Gotcha Day” is October 30, I am making an artwork every day in October, and posting it here on my blog. As I have done with “drawing a day” activities in the past, each artwork will be available for bidding in an auction in the blog post dedicated to it.

Along with each artwork will be a “Thought for the Day” that will offer some kind of encouragement about overcoming challenges.

Okey has inspired a worldwide movement to bring awareness to the links between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence called: Okey’s Promise: Art for a Cause. All of the proceeds for the auctions will go towards the Okey’s Promise: Celebrating the Human – Animal Bond project, which is my second Okey’s Promise public art project.

My recent Kickstarter fund raising campaign for the project fell short of its goal, so I have had to start over with the fund raising. You can contribute here if you would like to support the project outside of the auctions.

To make it a little more fun, I am going to have a special contest! Everyone who bids on one of the Okey’s October artworks here on the blog will be entered into a contest for a free artwork! You don’t have to win a bid, just make a bid. All bidders will be entered into a random drawing for a special artwork at the end of the month.

Here is the info about today’s artwork, a digital piece that I designed using iPhone photo apps.:

5″ X7″ giclee’ print of digital art on paper by artist BZTAT

Comes with an acid free mat ready for an 8″ X 10″ frame

Leave bids in increments of $5 below in the comments section.

Minimum Bid $30 USD

Shipping: $8 USA $18 International

BUY NOW OPTION: You can buy this piece now for $65 as long as no bids have been made in the comments below. Simply write BUY NOW in the comments and send a payment of $65 + shipping via the ChipIn widget in the right sidebar.

Highest bid at 10:00 pm EST on Monday 10/31/11 wins the piece.

Winning bidder: make payment of bid + shipping to ChipIn widget in right sidebar.

Please allow 4 weeks for USA shipping.