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30 Dogs 30 Days - Yellow

This is Yellow, a portrait I did in 2012. Originally, this was a commissioned painting, but my client disappeared. The portrait looked at me for months while I kept hoping that her person would just show up out of the blue. When it became obvious that wasn't going to happen, I made an executive decision.

I re-worked the piece using lots of yellow. Because yellow = hope, and that's what I wanted for this little face. Then, right before the holidays, I auctioned her off - $2 a ticket - with the proceeds going to my local skelter.

The homeless painting raised money for homeless animals. My collectors and fans delivered - the auction raised $860! It was the best feeling to walk into the shelter just a few days before Christmas and hand over that check.

(SIDE NOTE: We also unexpectedly adopted daVinci that day, a tiny little bean of an abandoned kitten with broken whiskers and one heck of a purr.)

All this good started with a project which I never got paid for, but in the end, that didn't matter. With time and perspective, I entirely reframed the situation and built something beautiful. And this smiling face reminds me I can pretty much do that with anything.

If you need a visual reminder as well, prints (and other items) featuring Yellow are available, at cost. Enjoy!

Thanks for following along with me,
Warmly, Kim


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