“How long do you want to be loved? Is forever enough,
cause I’m never ever giving you up.”
–From “Lullaby” by the Dixie Chicks
A year ago this month, a small cat entered my life. Not only have I fallen completely in love with her, others have too through the Okey’s Promise: Art for a Cause movement that she has inspired. In honor of the huge impression this small cat has made on many, I thought I should do something to celebrate Okey’s “Gotcha Day” which is October 30.
Okey’s life has been one of discovery and overcoming challenges. She has come a long way – a very long way – from being a terrified little parking lot kitty who had been mistreated by humans. She continues to be shy and skittish, but each day she takes a new step towards feeling safe.
In Okey’s honor, I am going to make an artwork every day in October, and post 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.
All of the proceeds for the auctions will go towards the Okey’s Promise: Celebrating the Human – Animal Bond project. The project is my second Okey’s Promise: Art for a Cause project to raise awareness about the links between animal abuse, domestic violence and child abuse. 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.
We will start with a drawing of Okey herself for today. The image is above. Here is the info about it:
5″ X7″ Prismacolor Pencil Drawing on black 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
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Highest bid at 10:00 pm EST on Sunday 10/2/11 wins the piece.
Winning bidder: make payment of bid + shipping to ChipIn widget in right sidebar.
Please allow 4 weeks for USA shipping.