I've decided that for the next five years, all proceeds of the sale of my Gravity Paintings will go to charity. I'm very fortunate to have a wonderful full time job that is not only satisfying, but also pays the bills. And, that is saying a LOT in this economy! This is a small way for me to give back to my community.
Because I have a full time job, it means I'm not able to make as many paintings as a full time artist. So, these are quite rare. My first priority is to fulfill commission painting agreements that have sold at charity auction. I donate all material and labor costs for these pieces.
If I have extra time, I take on non-auctioned commissions in a way that maximizes the amount of money that goes to charity, while covering my material costs. My time is still donated. Gravity #5 came to $300 in material costs alone. I used some very, very high quality paint and support material for it. After consulting with my accountant, here's what we came up with:
The buyer and I determine what type of piece I'll be creating. Usually, we talk about size, support, colors, and intention for the piece. Then, we determine the final cost of the painting, and the charity we'll be supporting. When the buyer takes delivery of the piece, I receive two payments. One is for material costs, and the other is made out to the charity.
I also encourage all donors who have a piece from this exploration to consider this personal request: If you ever resell any of the paintings from this exploration, it is my wish that 10% of the sale price be donated to charity. I've written that on the back of some of them. This isn't legally binding, but wouldn't it be great if every time it passed from one collector to another, a little was given to charity?
Speaking of which, I wanted to point out which pieces have already sold for charity:
I sold a commission painting
agreement last weekend at Make a Wish's Annual Gala silent auction! As I was hovering around my paintings in the final minutes, I was able to meet and speak briefly to the couple who bought it. And, I couldn't be happier to know for who my next piece will be made! Thank you again for donating to this cause! I'm looking forward to hearing from you in the near future!
I also sold #9 at the Gala. Thank you VERY much to the donor at that event! It was really great meeting you there too! I hope you enjoy it for many years to come. Below is a picture of it as a work in progress.
This piece sold at last year's Daylight Lodge 232's "Aces for Charity Casino Night" silent charity auction. Work in progress links are here and here.
This piece is the largest I've done to date. This was before I started molding the support to enable the painting to change depending on the angle you look at it. I'm so glad I found someone who values it as much as I do!
Thanks again to the donors/collectors who believe in my work and believe in good causes! You are wonderful people!