Painting Auction: “Colorado Moonlight” for Hope Home

UPDATE: 12/16: The auction is closed, with a total of $25.00 raised for the Hope Home. In the future, I would enjoy putting up other paintings for auction. Thanks for your time.

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The Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend is somewhat ironic in America, a time people can be grateful for what they have, yet ravenous for what they think they need. This is hardly a novel observation. It’s worth remembering, but do we spend our time wisely by bemoaning how people aren’t thankful enough? Not usually, no.

Not all of us have the blessings of enough money and time to join the Black Friday mob, or a dining table creaking under the bulk of a Godzilla-sized turkey while friends and family join us. I thank God for what I have been provided with. But that same God instructs us to care for others in need, which can be done in innumerable ways. It can be money (which I don’t have a lot of), a hug, cooking a meal, words of encouragement, and thousands of other ways. In this case, I decided to paint.

"Colorado Moonlight." Acrylics on watercolor paper. 5 x 7 inches. This is roughly 4 hours of work.

“Colorado Moonlight.” Acrylics on watercolor paper. 5 x 7 inches. This is roughly 4 hours of work.

I’ll explain. Dev Sarkar, a missionary friend of mine, has been running a small home for children in need in Calcutta, India called Hope Home. He’s been working at it for years, against many setbacks and struggles, from government bureaucracy to flooding. And though I don’t have a lot of finances, I have been learning to paint. So why not auction off a work and get some help for Hope Home that way?

If you or someone you know would like to have this painting and send some money to a good cause, then would you consider placing a bid? You can email me (under my profile picture to the right) or go to my author/artist page on Facebook and send me a private message to let me know if you’re interested.

AUCTION RULES

1. Bidding starts now and will close on December 12 at 11:59 pm. The starting bid will be $15. I will update on my Twitter feed (to the right of this text) if/when higher bids come in.

2. If you would like to bid, send me a private message with your dollar amount, phone number, and home address. If you win the auction and are outside the Black Forest/Colorado Springs area, I will ship it to you at my own cost. If you win and you’re local, I can just meet up with you.

3. Again, your entire bid will go to Hope Home. 100%. All of it. And the donation is tax deductible!

4. Checks or online donations only, please. Paying your bid online can be done at vvcc.net. If you’re writing a check, clearly designate it for “Hope Home Calcutta” and send it to this address:

Verde Valley Christian Church 

406 South 6th Street

Cottonwood, AZ 86326

When I receive confirmation that the bid has gone to Hope Home, I’ll send or deliver the painting, and it’s all yours!

Thanks for your time, everyone. I hope your weekend goes well, and have a Merry Christmas, too!

“Salt Flats” is Out! (Plus In-Progress Painting)

Hey, everyone! Sorry I have been gone for a while. But I have good news. The third story in my serialized science fiction tales, “Salt Flats,” is now on Kindle! Today through Wednesday, the first two installments, “Escaping” and “Refugee,” are free, and the new one is just $0.99. It took a while to write this one (it’s slightly longer than the first two combined), but I did love writing it, and mean to keep the series going.

The synopsis:

The battlecraft Aphrodite has crash-landed six miles from the city of Elm’s Corner, the one refuge its survivors can take from an Arriver attack. Isolated from the crew, Sergeant Tobias Carter is left with a choice: run or fight. He and Reverend Rousseau have never met an enemy so fierce. And something about the Aphrodite has attracted the attention of more than just the Arrivers….

If this sounds like your cup of sci-fi tea, three stories for the total price of a buck is a good deal. And whatever you think — good, bad, whatever — feel free to write a quick review on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews, of course, really help.

On another note, I have gotten more painting done, including my first foray onto a large canvas. It’s just beginning, but here’s what I have so far:

Snow goes on next, then I'm putting a city in the valley.

Snow goes on next, then I’m putting a city in the valley.

I hope you all have an awesome Thanksgiving, and get plenty of time with your loved ones. Catch you all later, and thanks for dropping by!

Our society doesn’t know anything about marriage

This blog post comes from Matt Walsh, a man I’ve been following for quite some time. He explains better than I can why it’s so important to hold unconditional love, strong marriages, and a sense of the sacred in such high regard. God bless him and his family.

The Matt Walsh Blog

Oh, there are certainly some individuals, some couples, that possess immense wisdom and knowledge on the subject; wisdom and knowledge earned from years of experience, crafted with an intuition and maturity that few achieve and fewer even attempt to achieve. Some people in our society know something about marriage. My parents know plenty about it. They’ve been married for over 30 years, they’ve had six kids; they’ve seen the ups and downs, they’ve withstood every challenge and obstacle that the world can present. Their marriage is real, their love is real, and it’s an inspiration to me and my wife. There are some in my parents’ camp, but our society as a whole? No.

No, it doesn’t know a thing about marriage.

Just look at what we’ve done to the institution. Look at the sorry state of the sacrament. Consider how frivolously and arrogantly many of us flutter in and…

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