Monday, April 7, 2008


30 x 30 inches is a large canvas - it fills my easel!

"Sunflowers" is going to be entered into a juried selection for a black tie/silent auction. If it is selected and sold, all the proceeds will go to support our local food bank, which is putting on a big 2 day event in June, called Empty Bowls. 

Apparently this idea originated in a city in the U.S., and has spread all across North America. In Airdrie, there will be over 1000 hand made or wheel thrown pottery bowls made. On the Saturday of this event, people will gather in the park, and soup will be served in these bowls. When you buy the soup, you also get the bowl to remind you that there are many people who do not have food - whose bowls are empty. Of course, the amount that you contribute for the bowl of soup will be enough to cover the cost of the soup, the bowl, and an amount which will go to support the Food Bank. 

In addition to the black tie/silent auction event held on Thursday night, on Saturday there will be live entertainment for adults and kids alike as we gather in the park. The plans are exciting, and promise to be an amazing and fun event. I hope to contribute through the donation of my painting. :-)


Michelle said...

Holy crow! I didn't realize this was 30"x30"!!! Yowza!

I want to see this in person - I love looking at something which seems small on a blog and then the huge reality!

This turned out beautifully. :)

Joanne said...

Thanks, Michelle!
I will bring it for you to see when we meet this week. It looks so much more impressive and full of color when you see it in person! Talk to you then.

Cynthia said...

Wow! It turned out beautifully Joanne! I really love it. I guess I'd better show up early and get my bid in at that auction :o)

Joanne said...

Hi Cynthia!
I am glad that you like how this painting turned out. I am also pleased with it - somehow it came together really well. :-) Maybe you could drop by to see it in person before it leaves the house - a cup of coffee is always ready for you and a cookie or two for your sweet little boy. Thanks for stopping by and being an encouragement.

Kim said...

Perfection on canvas. Beautiful. I think it will fetch a fabulous donation for charity.

Hey, when you have my best friend over for coffee, can you give her an extra squeeze for me?

Joanne said...

Thanks, Kim! And when I have Cynthia over, I would be happy to do that for you. We wish you were here too... but I will be seeing you soon, so that is exciting!

Jean Victory said...

I just love it...nice job! Impressive use of color. I haven't been painting...we've all been sick here.

Joanne said...

Oh Jean! I am so sorry you've been sick! I've been to your blog several times, and wondered what was up - thought maybe you were working on a big piece. Hope you feel completely well really soon - and that you stay healthy from now until at least the end of the year. :-)

Alvin Richard said...

Beautiful light and colors, nicely cropped, Bravo!

Anonymous said...

I love sunflowers and I love this painting. Good luck and have fun at the auction.


Joanne said...

Hey Alvin!
Thanks for the encouraging remarks. I wish you could see the actual colors as they are. The brightness of the yellows and oranges is quite beautiful. I hope that it will be accepted for the auction! Take care.

Joanne said...

Hi Paz,

I am glad that you enjoy this painting. I am enjoying your photos - I love the subjects you choose to capture with your camera. Thanks for stopping by!