Oct 132011

See all the “Okey’ October” artworks!


"Tonky Tonk" Drawing by BZTAT

“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” – Hippolyte Taine

I never heard of the Tonkinese breed of cat until I encountered Ryker_Tyker on Twitter. I was commissioned to draw Ryker’s portrait last year, and soon after, he suddenly passed away. It was very sad.

Ryker now has two proteges that he coaches from the Rainbow Bridge, Maxwell and Faraday. You can follow their shenanigans on Ryker’s Twitter page. This drawing was inspired by all 3 of these raucous fellows.

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:

5″ X7″ Prismacolor Pencil Drawing on colored 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 $40 USD

Shipping: $8 USA $18 International

BUY NOW OPTION: You can buy this piece now for $75 as long as no bids have been made in the comments below. Simply write BUY NOW in the comments and send a payment of $75 + shipping via the ChipIn widget in the right sidebar.

Highest bid at 10:00 pm EST on Friday 10/14/11 wins the piece.

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

Please allow 4 weeks for USA shipping.

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  1. MINE! mine mine MINE! $40

  2. :::camping out, waiting to pounce a new bid if Flicka finds this page::::

  3. Ssh… I’ll distract her…

  4. That’s what we get for Mommy’s impulsiveness! She posted, THEN read!

    Dat’s okay, it’s more fun if we get to outbid everyone. Maxie thinks the pic’s of him, so he’s already grabbed Mommy’s credit card and is standing with paws poised!

  5. FaRADaY:
    Okay, Maxwell got NO sleep last night because he was afraid someone was going to outbid us while Momma was sleeping. He wants Momma to up our big to the Buy Now price (he gets a mite grumpy when he’s sleep deprived, so Allie & I fully support this maneuver!).

  6. This auction is now closed due to use of the “Buy Now” option.

  7. …snicker…I’m sure glad you got it Maxie! I’ve been out of town & could barely get an internet connection! ;o( Next Tonkinese pic that comes up I’ll give you a run for your mom’s credit card!

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