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Art With A Heart – Giving Back

17 Aug

Art With A Heart

I’ve decided to donate 25% of the purchase price of my art to either charity or committing acts of kindness.

Everyone I’ve spoken to about how to price my art has told me to take my production cost and multiply it by three, and that should be my sale price.  While I obviously need the production cost to produce more artwork, the remaining 2/3 of the price is for my time, equipment upkeep, etc. so obviously, at least for the equipment part, I need to keep some money for myself, and I need to pay a few bills.  Outside of that, I don’t need the money, personally, and I think it would be a great idea to use that money for doing good.  (I should note here that the first few sales will need to all go back into production cost, because I can’t afford to professionally ‘produce’ more than one at a time at the moment, and having several on hand to show prospective local buyers is likely to garner more sales in the end than having just one- I figure the first four ought to cover it.)

I’ve decided to split that 25% into two parts, and donate the first half to charity and the second half to committing acts of kindness (or do you guys think I should just put all of it toward charity?  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments!)

One of my favorite charities of all time is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  If you can afford treatment or are insured, you of course are charged, but if a child is sick and their family doesn’t have the money to pay for treatment, they are not turned away, they are treated thanks to donations from people all over the country.  It is absolutely one of the most worthy causes I know of, and is the first charity to which I will donate through sales of my art.

Below are examples of my artwork.  All of my work comes from my own photographs, which I then digitally alter in a series of steps (sometimes more than 50 different processes) to arrive at the end result.

If you are interested in purchasing any of my art, please feel free to contact me at kraftedkhaos@gmail.com for pricing information or details.  All art will come matted and in a protective sleeve.  I have others, and there are more to come.  Please share this with anyone you know who may be interested in participating, or may simply be interested in my type of artwork.  I will have a website as soon as I have sold a few pieces and can afford to purchase a domain name and pay someone to create it for me.  At the moment, I can only accept Paypal (or cash if you’re local).

You can click (or right-click to open in a new tab or window) to see enlarged views (some of these definitely lose something in the translation, so I apologize).

The very last picture is the one I gave to my mom as a gift… don’t blame me for the frame, she picked it out, I just gave it to her matted… but it at least gives an idea of what they look like off screen. 🙂

Mystery of Life

Mystery of Life

Psychedelic Shroom

Psychedelic Shroom

Uplifting Outlook

Uplifting Outlook

Springtime

Springtime

Star Attraction

Star Attraction

Technical Tulip

Technical Tulip

Blossoms

Blossoms

My artwork, in a really bad frame!

My artwork, in a really bad frame!

AoK, Wal-Mart, Amusement Parks & Photography

15 Aug

So, I decided that I wanted to Commit some Kindness myself, and I have an idea of what I’m going to do, but I don’t want to say what it is, yet.  I got the supplies today though, so I’m hoping that tomorrow I’ll be able to post (with pictures) about what it is I am considering.

I did, however, manage to sneak in an Act of Kindness tonight.  We had to go shopping for a few things, and since we’re on night shift hours, the only place to go was Wal-Mart.  Now, if any of you have ever been to Wal-Mart at 1:30 a.m., you know that there’s not a real cash register open, just the self check-out lines (which I hate, because they cost people jobs, which we sorely need in this country right now).  We managed to get checked out without having to utilize the assistance of the woman who stands there and helps those of us who are losing the battle with the machine, but she needed to go help someone else, and I happened to glance up when she walked past, and she had the most sour look on her face.  She looked like one UN-happy person.

I had brought a pen and some sticky notes with me in my purse because before we left the house, I’d had half a mind to write notes and randomly leave them around the store, but I never actually did it.  So, I decided that for my act of kindness, I would write her a note on my pink, heart-shaped sticky note and leave it on her monitor while she was away.

I wrote, “Have a nice evening!” and as we walked past her little podium, I reached over and quickly slapped it on the screen (I heard some beeps when I did this, I really hope I didn’t cause too much havoc!) and continued walking.  I sincerely hope that this bit of mystery might brighten her night.

Before this, we had decided to take a trip to the local amusement park (to which we have season passes).  I had wanted to bring my camera so that I could take some photos in the park, but I was afraid that I might have to leave it sitting somewhere if we wanted to ride a ride, so I thought it best to leave it behind.  I was pretty disappointed about this, but I decided I’d try to take some decent pics with my cell phone.  Here are a few (you can make them bigger by clicking on them):

Ground Level

Ground Level

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