my At the Crossroads campaign

Remember last year when I did a fundraising campaign for At the Crossroads? I signed up to do one again this year, but had a hard time figuring out what I should do to raise money. I thought about committing to Pilates, giving up complaining, but none of those seemed authentic. Nothing felt right, nothing clicked. Until I thought about painting.

Here's the thing about painting, about art. A HUGE part of the battle is just taking the time to create. Of doing, without waiting to be inspired. Without it being perfect. Without any of those things that we use to let us put things off.

Therefor, for my campaign this year, I have committed to an 8-week period of making one painting per week. I'm currently three weeks into the process, and you know what? It's been easier than I thought. One painting per week has actually turned into two or three paintings per week, which has turned into me actually feeling like an artist. Like I can create. Like I can actually do this thing that I've been talking about doing FOREVER! 

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For my campaign, everyone who donates a minimum $25 to At the Crossroads (an AMAZING San Francisco non-profit -- watch their 15-minute documentary and be amazed) will be entered into a drawing to win their choice of one of my 8 paintings from the series. THEN, I will put the remaining paintings on sale on my etsy shop (more on that SOON!) and will donate 15% of the proceeds from those sales back to ATC. It's really a win-win-win.

And isn't winning really the best?

To get you intrigued, here are my first two week's paintings. Perhaps you will be able to recognize a theme.

Week 1: Les Quatres Girafes

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Ahem...for those of you who are not skilled in the language of francais, the name of this painting translates into "The Four Giraffes." That one in the bottom right corner: gold leaf baby! Man, I love gold leaf. Blows my mind.

Week 2: Le Bateau de L'amour

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The Love Boat, friends. It's called The Love Boat. And it's my fav. LOVE the little fish on the right.

So there you have it. Do you like what you see? Do you also want to support a non-profit that does amazing things for teenagers in San Francisco? Then click here!