Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Penny Experiment

Jeffrey Strain had a vision of turning a penny into a million meals for the local food banks. He explains how this thought came to him HERE.

He is going to be selling postcard sized art that has a penny incorporated to start to raise money. I was lucky enough to get into the first group of 100. He said he thought he would have to wait months to get that many donations from artists but it was only a matter of a couple of weeks.

Artists were able to chose a number if it was available. 72 is significant for me because of all the growth and transition and occurred that year. This piece is called "Transition" and is filled with symbolism.

You can see other contributions that have been submitted already HERE.

5 x 7.5 inch watercolor & pen on paper.

18 comments:

Michelle said...

Love the painting and it sounds like a wonderful project!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

What a wonderful idea.
This is going on and I will mail out a piece of art.
Thanks for the info.

Manon Doyle said...

Love the postcard and the idea!! What a wonderful way to give back! I'll check out the sites!!

-Don said...

This is cool! Thanks for sharing.
-Don

Celeste Bergin said...

what an interesting project! I like your postcard, where will the penny be attached? Nicely done.

AutumnLeaves said...

I love your dedication and commitment to causes that speak to you, Sheila. This is a lovely piece that truly speaks to that time in history. I love it and hope that it brings in many a penny for this ideal cause.

David Larson Evans said...

Great idea!! A great way to give back! I'll check out the sites!!

Edward Burton said...

VERY cool, Sheila!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

This is a super idea...and what a generous thing to do. Its people like Mr. Strain that make the world a better place. Thanks for sharing this positive endeavor.
All the best for 2010, Sheila and I'm sure you will continue to "give back" throughout the year. Happy Painting!
P.S. Loved the octopus.

becky joy said...

What a great concept. Love the idea. I'll have to check this out. Have a Happy New Year.

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, you are so versatile. I don't recall seeing any watercolors from you. Love this piece - the lively rhythms of line and the images that you've incorporated make for a very strong piece. I can see that it tells a story and I find myself making one up to go with the images.

Art with Liz said...

Incredible Sheila! You are so giving and this is a wonderful painting to give. Sometimes I wonder at the size of your heart! Big hugs.

Lokelani Forrest said...

Very good idea to feed the hungry. I'll check out the website. Very interesting piece of work you've done here. Hmmm...puts me to wondering what was a good year for me.

James Parker said...

I checked out the site and explored it...pretty neat. It is so encouraging to see folks use their talent and imagination and time to help others and good causes. Your "72" art contribution is a winner.

suzanneberry said...

An amazing painting and idea! It's so good to see everyone helping everyone. Happy New Year from me and himself again!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Very cool!

Dean Grey said...

Sheila!

What a lovely thing to be part of! Good for you!

Hmmm.......

I wish you gave more info on your postcard. It looks quite intriguing.

Who are the two figures? Curiouser and curiouser.

Sorry, I'm just being nosy!

-Dean

Abby Creek Art said...

Happy New Year, Sheila! What a cool idea...and some great postcard images.