It is truly so fitting that my 300th post be one that is near and dear to my heart. My friend, Kitty (aka The Hockman Girl), has assembled the M & L Hockman Ranch First Annual Artist Event to support animal rights awareness.
Kitty works tirelessly at M & L Hockman Ranch. I've witnessed the growth of Hockman Ranch and have seen all the beautiful animals who have been given a chance at a life of freedom and love there. There have been amazing victories and also sadness. But Kitty continues to give it her all. I am proud to call her my friend. When Kitty put out the call for artisans to donate artwork to support such an important cause, I jumped at the chance. You can read the story behind the event HERE.
Although the five artisans participating in this event were given the option to choose an animal charity of their choosing, everyone opted to donate their work for M & L Hockman Ranch! The artists include Erin of Purple Eggplants, Liza Lambertini, Claudia O'Driscoll, and Cameron from Paint Myself Pretty. Kitty also runs a shop on etsy. The proceeds from all of the crafts you find there - candles, artwork, painted trinkets - go right back to the Ranch.
I thought very carefully about the piece I wanted to create. I wanted to make something that had a message but that would also appeal to those who would enjoy a sweet piece of art. I thought about all the beautiful denizens of Hockman Ranch and would have included all of them in my art piece, if I could! I decided upon a lovely flower faerie holding a creamy colored baby goat - based on Stotle, seen here in the photo below.
I had never drawn a goat before, but I was definitely up for the challenge! And I am pleased with how it came out. One hundred percent of the proceeds from my art go directly to the Hockman Ranch. You even receive FREE shipping! My mixed media piece includes a lovely quote ... "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." I used colored pencils, acrylic paint, collage papers, rub-ons and metallic paint for this piece. It measures 8 x 10 on stapled canvas. I've signed, dated, and titled the piece on the back. I hope someone loves it enough to give it a forever home on behalf of the beautiful innocent animals at Hockman Ranch!
I sincerely hope that you will visit the artisans who have so lovingly created these pieces of art and perhaps even give one or more a forever home. If the art isn't something you can afford at this time, maybe you might be interested in making a small donation to the Ranch, which is state-certified, to help Kitty and the animals who live there. Or you can visit their rescue shop on Cafe Press. I am forever grateful to Kitty and her work. Every time I see photos of these innocent animals who are safe and loved and thriving, a tear comes to my eye.
Again, here is the link to the beautiful artwork that you can purchase on support of Hockman Ranch. Thank you for visiting with me today and helping me to celebrate not only my 300th post but a beautiful cause, as well!
Til next time,