Ever just been so completely inspired by a cause?
Well, I am....and when I feel that way every part of me wanted to support it!
Julie writes the most beautiful blog, The Eyes Of My Eyes Are Opened, about her family, created through Ethiopian adoption. Not only that, her family is raising big time $$$$ for a school in Ethiopia. It is best to just visit her here and see the amazing work being done for yourself.
Her blog: The Eyes Of My Eyes Are Opened
The fundraiser is for the most ambitious task of building an Ethiopian school. Even before I heard the school's name..."Tesfa" (apart of Tessa's Ethiopian name Tesfanesh) I knew I wanted to be able to contribute in some way.
Art for me is about connection. Connecting to a subject, an issue and idea....and communicating it through my soul. Here I have used Julie's imagery from the kite piece she wrote about her daughter. When I read it I just knew I had to create these paintings....and I love them.
click to the link of the article that inspired these here! How To Fly A Kite
Both paintings have Julie's original photo's (done with an image transfer) of her daughter and her kite,
as well as Julie's powerful words incorporated into the works-
"Sometimes a kite is just a kite, but sometimes the wind changes, and a butterfly can get caught in a difficult spot. As that continues to happen, we’ll just have to wait patiently for the wind to die down."
The kite is a part of her soul. Can she hang on? When does she let go? how will the kite be released? Only she knows.
Here Julie's daughter, is between her two worlds. She is holding the kite that is caught in the Ethiopian acacia tree, representing the soul, the emotions from the past, from Ethiopia. The acacia tree's roots are sprawling and like an umbilical cord connecting her to her homeland, birth family and forever family.
This is my way of giving to a cause I love. Please do consider giving to this amazing event. It is a fundraiser that will touch the lives of so many, many Ethiopian children through education and lift them up for a brighter future. What could be better?
Just click the link below and find a way to give....I know you can do it!
Tesfa- Ethiopia Reads Fundraiser!