......as long they're hanging on YOUR wall, of course.
My sister Bonnie has always been a provider. As her little brother with six years between us, she was big enough to protect me and beat the crap out of me at the same time when we were kids. Typical big sister stuff, I guess. But what really meant a lot to me was her ability to boost my confidence. She always told me how talented, smart and handsome I was (before marriage and beer gut). It embarrassed me at the time, but as the shy kid on the block, it meant a lot.
Of course, I'm suppressing a few moments, like the time she played dead with the kitchen knife in her armpit covered with ketchup. But again, typical big sister stuff, right? Bonnie has always led a fascinating life, and she has a knack for making kids feel like they can accomplish anything if they believe in themselves. She is a provider of self esteem.
I'm not sure Bonnie recognizes that gift, but fortunately she's using it in all kinds of ways. She's a mother of three, and she owns an art studio for both kids and adults near Tampa, FL. She makes kids light up — her own, others, random ones in grocery stores. For the past seven or so years, she and some close friends have been traveling to Vietnam to help an orphanage. Their mission has grown into a nonprofit called Big Big World Project. Bonnie and company are supplying these kids with everything from computers, bicycles and personalized photo albums to dental care, braces and college scholarships. What's really amazing about their trips is how involved they are with the kids. They know them by name and what they like to do. They're even friends on Facebook. They do all that they can to help them, not solely with monetary support, but by spending time with them. Barbecues, art classes, shopping trips... Bonnie isn't feeding masses for a day, she's giving dozens at a time opportunities and experiences which will affect them profoundly over a lifetime.
This year, they don't have a sponsor for their shopping trip to buy each of the 24 children in the orphanage an outfit, a pair of shoes and something a little extra.
To help them meet the monetary goals for this year's trip, I am auctioning off the two paintings to the right. I will donate 100% of the proceeds to Big Big World Project (http://bigbigworldproject.wordpress.com/). Please share this with anyone you know who may be interested in helping these kids and maybe like art hanging on their wall. The paintings are below. You can post a bid, or if you'd like to do it discreetly, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org BIDDING ENDS WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 8 P.M. Or, if you'd just like to donate, here's the link: http://bigbigworldproject.wordpress.com/ (specify Shopping Trip in the PayPal note field)
"Harvest" from the Route 1 show Acrylic on panel 12 x 16 Comes with wood shadow box style frame Value: $600 Bidding starts at $250
Polis No. 4 Acrylic on panel 12 x 12 Value: $525 Bidding starts at $200