In recent weeks after the bush fires here on the South Coast of NSW, I have been painting art cards also known as ACEOs to raise funds for bush fire relief.
Initially after the worst of the fires, and even though our small area with a radius of about 5km was left untouched, I felt depressed, and like many others, helpless in the devastation of others. So many people had lost their homes, animals, and selves in the fires, yet we hadn’t. People all over the country suffered whether they had lost or not!
I collected 12 larger paintings reduced their prices dramatically and donated one hundred percent to our local Rural Fire Station. The money went to help the volunteer fire fighters and left me feeling like I had done at least something.
Then a fellow artist on Bluethumb, (a large Australian online art gallery) suggested we paint art cards. Although she prefers to stay unnamed, she was one of the initial founders of this movement in 2004. The idea is that artists paint these little trading-card size artworks (2.5″ x 3.5″) or (6.4cm x 8.9cm), sell them and donate at least $6 from each card to a worthy cause of their choice. Each little card comes with a certificate of authenticity and makes an ideal gift! These cards are also addictable and collectible and I can vouch for this, as I have started collecting them from fellow artists. I have chosen to donate my proceeds to our South Coast Animal Rescue Inc., a nonprofit organisation working diligently saving animals from death row.
These five little Superb wrens were an order from a customer who had already purchased a set of 5 sparrows (below).