For an artistic challenge, I am making a series of drawings throughout the month of January, each telling a story, or capturing a moment that has been part of my story. I am calling this my “So Many Stories to Tell” Art Challenge.
Today I share a story of hope, resilience, care, and protection.
Today’s drawing features Mia Meow and her koala bear friend. She hopes for rain to douse the flames from the wildfires that ravage her friend’s home, but she also offers an umbrella for protection as he regains strength.
I, too, hope for relief for my Aussie friends, both human and beast. As an artist, and as an advocate for change, I focus my energies on moving our society towards responsible care of our world. We must acknowledge that human behavior is harming our world, and we must change our ways.
I was a mental health counselor for twenty years. During that time, I talked with a lot of people about horrible things that were happening in their lives. I always framed those conversations in the context of hope, focusing on my clients’ strengths and resilience as they moved towards more positive outcomes. Focusing on the awfulness of things kept them stagnant and in pain, and it wasn’t very helpful.
I feel the same way about all the awful images I have been seeing of koala bears and kangaroos and other wildlife affected by the brush fires in Australia. I know that we need to contend with the reality of the fires and appreciate the damage caused by climate change. But too much misery makes me want to turn away.
So my drawing today is one to encourage us towards the positive, as we grapple with the reality of our actions. We can change, and we must.
A friend of mine who works with wildlife rescue in Australia recommends Wildcare Australia if you would like to donate to the rescue and recovery of Australia’s wildlife.
Each of my “So Many Stories to Tell” Art Challenge drawings will be placed for auction here on my blog. You can follow each day’s drawing by by subscribing to my my blog or by following my posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Minimum bids will be low – you just might get a great artwork for a bargain!
Thanks for following along all month and for bidding on the drawings!
By the way, let me know what you would like to see me draw the rest of the month in the comments below. I am open to suggestions!
Here is the info about today’s drawing if you’d like to make a bid:
5″ x 7″ Prismacolor Pencil Drawing by artist BZTAT
Comes with a matt ready for a 8X10″ frame.
Leave bids in increments of $5 below in the comments section.
Minimum Bid $20 USD
Shipping: $5 USA $15 International
BUY NOW OPTION: You can buy this piece now for $35 as long as no bids have been made in the comments below. Simply write BUY NOW in the comments and I will send you an invoice via Paypal which can be paid with a credit card or with PayPal.
Highest bid at 10:00 pm EST on Thursday, 1/9/2020 wins the piece.
Winning bidder: I will send an invoice via Paypal to the winning bidder which can be paid with a credit card or with PayPal.
Please allow 2-3 weeks for USA shipping.
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