Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Ripple Sketches - Using art to provide aid for animals affected by Gulf Oil Disaster

"We don't have to feel helpless. We can help. Our small actions together will ripple outward." - http://ripplesketches.blogspot.com/

Last night I learned about a wonderful blog called Ripple where artists donate small sketches/illustrations and others purchase the artwork by donating money to one of two different organizations that provide assistance to animals devastated by the oil disaster in the Gulf (The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and The International Bird Rescue Research Center). Illustrator Kelly Light, upset at the news of the Deep Water Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, started the Ripple blog and thanks to the generosity of the participating artists and donors, the effort has raised an impressive total of over $7000 so far for the non-profits.

If you are a children's book lover, be sure to check out the illustrations on Ripple this month. Several "Great American Illustrators" have donated sketches including Mo Willems, Aaron Zenz and many others. Help those ripples continue to spread each day and turn into a great tide!