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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thank you ~ for the successful auction!

Great news! 
Thank you to those who participated in one way or another in the auction, 5 paintings - 5 days. 

4 of the 5 have new homes, 
They'll be living in
New York,
and in Austria! 

But most importantly, it is wonderful to be able to send 
something tangible to help with the relief work in Japan.
The proceeds of these sales will be given for that purpose.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

5 Paintings for auction - proceeds from sales to Relief efforts in Japan

Please click the image for each to see the progress of the auction. 
All auctions are finished on Thursday, March 24th. 
Each auction starts at $25.00 + shipping.
(IL residents add 8.25% sales tax.)

The proceeds of these auctions will be donated to the relief efforts in the
wake of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Snowscape, 8x8" Oil on canvas ©2008, Helen Read

Hollyhock Stalks, 8x8" Oil on canvas ©2008, Helen Read

Marigolds in Cobalt, 7x5" Oil on canvas ©2010, Helen Read

Old Oak, 6x8" Oil on canvas, ©2009, Helen Read

Woods Edge, 6 x 8" Oil on canvas, ©2009, Helen Read
It has been with great sadness that we have watched from afar the tragedy that has occurred in Japan during the past week.  My heart goes out to the people who are struggling to make sense of the lives that they are now living.  Many have lost everything from homes, livelihoods, communities, to families.  Some is replaceable, but some is not.   Not only do they need the basics of life right now, they need the support of those who are really too far away to take personal action.  In order to try to do that, I am hoping to sell several of the works I've created in the past few years and send the proceeds of those sales to a relief agency that is helping to provide the most essential needs of daily life to those affected, and also provide some hope for their souls. 

I hope you will participate in this effort.  Perhaps one of these small oil paintings is waiting to grace your walls.  And you will also know that your participation is benefiting someone who is living through disaster.

Its easy to bid.  Click on the image of each painting and you'll be taken to the auction site. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Continued progress on the newest abstract

Just so you know, I am continuing my work on this... its been a few weeks of stops and starts with time to get things done.  But, I am happy with how this is coming along.  There are some subtle value shifts and color changes.  You can see it a little from this photo, but there are areas of metalics and interference paints.  The overall effect is really quite nice in the proper light.  Not quite sure how to photograph that though.  

Stop back by - I hope to have this completely done very soon!   

Monday, March 7, 2011

The progress continues!

If you scroll down slightly, you'll see the beginning of this abstract painting.  Here is what I've continued doing in the past few days.  Its coming along, however with such meticulous work, it takes time to get coverage!  I'm happy with the lyrical colors and the general "feel" of the overall painting. 
I'll keep posting ~ hopefully it won't be too long till its completed!  

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Iridescent Flight

Iridescent Flight, 6 x 13" acrylic on canvases 
©2011, Helen Read 

This painting was an experiment working with metallics and interference paints to produce iridescence. It really is hard to tell by this image - but in the light, it shimmers!  Its always interesting to see what materials will do!   I also experimented with the idea of 2 differently shaped canvases.  Its a little different, but interesting to my eye. 

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