Tags: loyal Japanese dog - original pastel painting - dog portrait - 9x12 - Japanese earthquake donation
"Rays of Hope for Japan"
pastel on Strathmore 500-series paper
This week's challenge on the DPW site is for donations to help the Japanese tsunami victims. Since I don't have any cash to spare to send, this was a perfect way for me to help out those folks suffering who have literally lost everything. I wanted to do something special for this auction - something that would symbolize hope after such devastation and loss.
This painting is also a reminder that it is not just humans that suffer during a catastrophe, but animals as well. Pets are displaced from their humans, and the loss or disappearance of a beloved pet just adds to the sadness and despair of people already grieving.
I imagine this image of the spaniel will be recognizable to many viewers; if by chance you haven't seen this video that went viral, have a look. Warning: it is emotional to watch (but in a good way).
For this piece, I chose to vignette the background with a loose representation of the Japanese Rising Sun flag and rays of hope. The green represents renewal and life. The Japanese symbols in the lower left mean "Hope" in Kanji. Here is a link to the DPW challenge page, where you can see all the work artists are generously donating. I'll be posting my submission shortly. After careful consideration, and given the subject of the painting, I have decided to donate proceeds from the auction to the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support.
Addendum - 3/30/11: I am happy to report that this painting was sold through the auction, and proceeds were given to the JEAR&S. Thank you to L.S. for your bid!