Sunday April 5th – an idea.

So I woke up early on Sunday with an idea. What if I were to paint ten little pictures and auction them off on Instagram for charity? Normally at moments like this I either hunt optimistically for obstacles to scupper the idea  or think “that would be nice” and fall back to sleep. But not on Sunday. I painted twelve pictures over the course of the day, only rejecting two. I then posted them on Instagram, with a $50 minimum, giving twenty-four hours for people to direct mail me a bid, with the understanding that if they were to be successful, they would donate that amount to New York Coalition for the Homeless

I then sat neurotically for a couple of hours wondering whether anyone would take the bait. But they did and together we raised $1360!

Let me say upfront that this is not normal behavior for me. I am possessive about my pictures and usually very passive about the welfare of strangers. So this does not deserve a round of applause. Yet, this awful moment that we are all experiencing, this disconcerting recalibration of values, made me value the importance of shelter more than ever before – as a refuge from the storm, somewhere to retreat to and feel safe. So something small but good came out of that. And everyone made their donations and, perhaps even more amazingly, dutifully sent the receipts as proof!

Sunday morning, Upton Lake, April 5th, 2020
Sunday morning, Upton Lake, April 5th, 2020
Sunday morning, Upton Lake, April 5th, 2020
Sunday morning, Upton Lake, April 5th, 2020
Sunday, Late morning, Upton Lake, April 5th, 2020
Sunday, Late morning, Upton Lake, April 5th, 2020
Sunday, Late morning, Upton Lake, April 5th, 2020
Sunday, Late morning, Upton Lake, April 5th, 2020
Sunday, Upton Lake, lunchtime, April 5th, 2020
Sunday, Upton Lake, lunchtime, April 5th, 2020
Sunday, Upton Lake through the trees, April 5th, 2020
Sunday, Upton Lake through the trees, April 5th, 2020
Sunday Afternoon, Upton Lake, April 5th, 2020
Sunday Afternoon, Upton Lake, April 5th, 2020
Sunday, Upton Lake through the trees, April 5th, 2020
Sunday, Upton Lake through the trees, April 5th, 2020
Sunday, Upton Lake through the trees, late afternoon, April 5th, 2020
Sunday, Upton Lake through the trees, late afternoon, April 5th, 2020
Forsythia, Clinton Corners, April 5th, 2020
Forsythia, Clinton Corners, April 5th, 2020

 

 

10 Comments

  1. What a beautiful idea- beautiful paintings and help for those who so desperately need it! You have an extraordinarily kind and generous heart!

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