The Campion home was filled with warmth and joy at Christmas and Chanukah. We had a house full of family--many from a warm climate who loved the cold (go figure) and frolicking in the snow. We were all bundled up to endure snowball fights, building forts, and the highlight-- snow tubing. Food and drink were plentiful, and laughter filled the air. Santa visited and left many gifts for the children after filling his belly with cookies and milk. We are all so fortunate to have so many blessings.
Painting over the last few weeks was at a minimum, but I was too busy to make it a priority. I was a little worried that the dreaded painter's block would slip in, but thankfully it didn't. A giant antique door knob painting called out from the easel, and a beautiful amaryllis gift from a friend is blooming and stirring potential painting ideas.
But at this time yesterday and today, I felt compelled to paint another refugee child pictured on ANERA'S "#Shine Your Light" year-end fundraising campaign (www.ANERA.com) as part of The Innocents Project. This little girl stole my heart with her big brown eyes and bowed lips. This will make my 10th portrait in this series, and I will continue painting until I have a body of work to display and raise awareness (and funds) for the refugee children in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) has a great track record for providing education, shoes, warm clothes, medical supplies, improved water systems, and whatever else is needed to give refugees some dignity and the tools needed to make a better future. It is very cold in that part of the world, perhaps you didn't know that, and heat is not plentiful even in regular homes, let alone in tents and makeshift cement structures. Imagine sleeping in 40 degrees without heat! I hope you will check out ANERA's web sight and their Facebook page. Their focus is on providing better lives for the refugees, NOT politics, so I hope that will further encourage you to read about their good work and to consider a donation.
I would like to express my gratitude to you for following my work and for all your comments, suggestions and encouragement. I am grateful for the two galleries who represent me, Edgewood Orchard Gallery in Door County, Wisconsin, and The Leigh Gallery in Chicago. I wish you all good things for 2017--good health, happiness, a heart full of love, and whatever prosperity means to you.
"837 Shining Light"
acrylic - 12x12 in
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