Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friends helping friends.

I got this email from a friend of mine Kimberly Conrad,

Here is what she had to say. I have her permission to post this and it sounded so interesting I thought I would try to support her.

Friends & Fellow Artists:

There are a few things weighing heavily on my mind, and I have decided to open up my life, heart, and expose my fragile pride in an attempt to possibly convince you to join with me, or at the very least, send your creative witty thoughts and pearls of wisdom. Please read this entire email, as I will tie up the loose ends and issue a challenge.

First....I seem to be struggling in the creative energy arena…painting suddenly seems like torture....probably due in part to the slight depression from knowing that come August , 3 of my four sons will have left the nest.

Second, are the friends, family members and fellow artists currently fighting breast cancer.Those who know me well know that I have lost 2 dear friends in the past 18 months to this disease. I have an Art for the Cure site where I sell pink art and donate as well as participate in multiple fundraisers benefiting breast cancer research and the breast cancer community.

The third thing weighing heavily on my mind and heart, as well as my knees, ankles and feet, are the extra 45 lbs that I am currently carrying on my 5 foot 5 inch frame.
I cannot believe I am actually publicizing the #, but to those who see me on a regular basis, it is certainly no surprise. Thank you though, for always making me feel as if I’m STILL the DIVA I like to think I was a few years ago!!!!
I need a new challenge….

So….here is the plan…….

Operation 47, Mission #1

I will lose 47 lbs by my 47th birthday, which is November 15th. Just under 5 months, so that is about 10 lbs a month, 2.5 lbs a week…certainly doable, most would agree, yet success has eluded me thus far. I know the hot new phrase is “Fabulous at 50”, it’s on the cover of every magazine, but I cannot wait 3 more years just because it sounds cooler!!

Mission # 2
I will paint 47 new paintings that I will sell for $47.00. each.

Mission # 3
I will donate $4.70 of each of those sales to one of the Breast Cancer foundations I currently support.

I will post my food, exercise, and paintings on my blog each day…..and open up the
comment option….so that you can leave those “pearls of wisdom”, etc.

I would love for you to join me… pledging to do whatever it is that you think would benefit you to do for 47 days……47 hours, 47 times….the sky is the limit, it could be as serious as 47 days of a new exercise program, not smoking, painting 47 pieces on a particular subject, or something fun like smiling 47 times in a day, or collecting 47 new whatever it is that you collect…..I don’t care what it is….but would love to hear about it…….and would love for you to share that journey with me…as I share mine with you…so log on and share at the bottom of the post where you see the little pencil!! Let's turn Operation 47 into CLUB 47!!

Just in case your first thought is "get rich quick scheme”…I have to buy paint, paper, board or canvas, an envelope for shipping, pay for shipping, and pay uncle Sam sales tax….all out of the remaining $42.30….So , you can clearly see it’s not about the $$$$, but about all the ways I can think of to stay focused on the # 47 long enough to reach my goal, raise a little $$$ for my favorite cause, give everyone the opportunity to be able to afford an original piece of art, and possibly spread a little motivation and encouragement to those who need it, in a creative way.

Visit my blog at
I will share my progress daily, as well as my new $47.00 painting!!

Thanks in advance for all of your support..….this could be GREAT fun, and quite motivating for all involved!!!

Kimberly Conrad

I want to keep Kim on track so :

I will paint 47 watercolor and put them up for sale at $47.00, I will donate $4.70 from each sale to Hospice ( my charity of choice). And to keep Kim motivate I will exercise daily. To see how long I can keep this up visit my Art on Paper blog where I will post the new work. If you like to give Kim a "that a girl keep up the good work" or join in the fun stop in at her blog and leave a comment.

This is an original watercolor and be purchased for $47.00. It is 9x12. Click here to buy. This offer is for a limited time.

Here are a few of my daily paintings that can be seen on my Painting of the Day blog.

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