I’ve got Haiti on my mind…

Mary Engelbreit's print HELP FOR HAITI. The proceeds from the sale of this print were used to raise money for Doctors Without Borders to help with in their Haiti Relief Effort.

Here's the print I ordered last February... I just finally put it in the frame at the beginning of the month. I think it took all of 5 minutes since I already have 11 x 14 inch frames in stock.

Here it is hanging in my studio. The painting on my canvas is the (HAITI: WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN painting in progress.)

If you follow my blog, then you may have seen all my posts about the painting I recently did for the orphans of Haiti.

TOMORROW is the big day. The bidding starts on “HAITI: we have not forgotten”!

If this isn’t enough to keep my mind thinking about Haiti — get this:

1.) On Tuesday I received a large official packet from Food For the Poor; an organization that we have supported for several years now. The packet was a proposal for a village they would like to me to build. Cost: $704,928.15. (which really seems cheap considering the extent to the plan!)

I wonder why they sent ME this? They must not know that I’m a starving artist. But oh-how-I-would LOVE to be a Philanthropist someday, and pay to build entire villages in places like Haiti.

That is actually the real dream behind my painting career. It’s probably a little (a.k.a. completely) crazy, but remember Charlie Bucket from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? That’s me with my painting goals.

2.) Then on Wednesday, I got an e-mail from somebody in Puerto Rico asking me to be part of a project to make Christmas cards for Haiti. It was written in some other language, and I actually think it’s not a hoax. If I understand correctly, I think they are asking me to paint something simple that could be used as an embroidery design for the cards.

I don’t have $700,000, but I probably could help design a Christmas card.

3.) Since the beginning of the month, I’ve been seeing the Mary Engelbreit print that I finally framed and hung up in my studio to inspire me. It says “May Wonders Never Cease.”

I’m praying that many “wonders” will be done, to help rebuild the devastation that happened in Haiti on January 12, 2010.

If you’d like to be part of that rebuilding process too  here’s a couple of places to check out.

http://www.helpendlocalpoverty.com/helphaiti/

http://www.worldorphans.org/

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