Originally I had planned on working up a post about the new work I've been doing and then the Japan Tsunami happened and I felt like I just needed to address this major catastrophe and the question: What can I do to help?
After much research and a shout out to Ripple Blog Founder, Kelly Light, I found plenty of options for both artists and art appreciators. Art for Japan is taking donations of artwork, prints, books, sculpture, or any other piece that could be sellable in order to raise money for a variety of charities set up to help Japan. On Illustration Rally they have several options set up including an online digital gallery, art donations for auction, and an Etsy Shop with all sales going towards tsunami relief. Artists Help Japan has a blog set up with announcements about different grassroots events happening throughout the U.S., including their own. On Design Taxi a charity has been set up in order to help creatives in both Japan and Christchurch.
Last but certainly not least, for the animal lovers our there, Dog Art Today asked its readers to make a donation to World Vets, a non-government foundation dedicated to rescuing animals in need around the world.
I hope some of you find this information helpful and are able to participate in one of the activities going on. I found it serendipitous that I was working on this piece featuring Mt. Fuji for a coloring/activity book about volcanos during the same night the tsunami hit. I'm hoping to give it a life beyond the book and help out in the small way that I can.