Tuesday, November 25, 2008

ACEO Quilt Auction Is HERE

Don't miss out! It's finally time to release this beautiful handcrafted ACEO Endangered Species Quilt into the world. Without further ado - here's where to go to bid on the quilt and save some endangered rainforest land and species at the same time:

ACEO Endangered Species Quilt

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"Giant Panda" - twinsplus1

TITLE: Giant Panda
ARTIST: Tracey Kahtava
EBAY ID: twinsplus 1

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest...
I was honored to be asked to participate in the endangered species quilt. I painted a Giant Panda to bring attention to this gentle giant. Panda bears are peaceful and unique animals and these beautiful forest dwellers are becoming fewer because of poaching and the fact that their habitat is in danger.

These shy and solitary pandas live in the cold, wet mountain bamboo forests and as bamboo growth is diminished the panda has less food and fewer places to live. I am inspired by the simple beauty and sweet personality of these creatures and by working together with other artists I hope we will make a difference and help restore some of the endangered forests.

Monday, October 13, 2008

"Harbor Seal" - Gwen, age 10

TITLE: Harbor Seal
ARTIST: Gwen, age 10
EBAY ID: lala15108 on behalf of Gwen

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest...

I think saving the rainforest is important because all the things that live there can make an impact on lots of lives.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

"Mr. Toucan" - Janeen, age 10

TITLE: Mr. Toucan
ARTIST: Janeen, age 10
EBAY ID: lala15108 on behalf of Janeen

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest...

I think that saving endangered species is important because animals deserve to have a home. And out of all of them, I love toucans.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

"Cheetah Babies" - Madison, age 11

TITLE: Cheetah Babies
ARTIST: Madison, age 11
EBAY ID: lala15108 on behalf of Madison

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest...

Cheetahs are so cool, they are my favorite animal, and I would hate to see them go away.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

"Manatee Family" - Emily, age 12

TITLE: Manatee Family
ARTIST: Emily, age 12
EBAY ID: lal15108 on behalf of Emily

Why I'm usig my creativity to save the rainforest...

I think saving endangered species is important because once they go extinct there will never be anything like them again.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

"Dad & Jr. Go For A Walk" - Carly, age 11

TITLE: Dad & Jr. Go For A Walk
ARTIST: Carly, age 11
EBAY ID: lala15108 (on behalf of Carly)

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest...

I created an Endangered species ACEO because penguins are one of my favorite animals and I don't want to see them disappear forever!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Why We Support WLT-US Cosanga Valley Project

We've chosen the Cosanga Valley Project to support with our ACEO donation to save the rainforest. The Cosanga Valley area is located in Ecuador. Ecuador ihas one of the richest biodiversity nations in the world!

Many of the Cosanga Valley plant species are restricted to this area. Some of the plant varieties include a rich array of orchids, ferns, bromeliads and trees. Some of the animal species of the Cosanga Valley region include the mountain tapir, ocelot, puma and spectacled bear.

Cosanga Valley is also home ot more than 30 species of hummingbirds. This area of Ecuador is also home to 310 unique bird species, some of which are very rare. Two of the rare bird species are the Peruvian Antipitta and the Bicolored Antivireo. the Cosanga Valley is also home to the "San Isidro Owl" that is regularly found only this specific region of the world.

This is an area of rainforest conservation identified by World Land Trust as a great need. We hope that by contributing our creative and monetary efforts, our group of wonderfully dedicated ACEO artists will be able to save a large parcel of this endangered land, and it's many unique, beautiful and endangered species. Watch for news of the Quilt auction, and you can bid to help our cause while acquiring a beautifully handcrafted one of a kind fine art quilt.

Friday, October 3, 2008

"The Panther" - julesstudio

TITLE: The Panther
EBAY ID: julesstudio
ARTIST: Cheryl Ann Buckman

Why I'm using my creativity to save the Rainforest:

It is so hard to put into words the emotions that are felt when you see and hear about animals losing their habitat due to the growth of man. If I can do anything to counteract the damage I am doing to our planet then I have to do it. I, along with everyone else, have done something that has caused the changes in our system. From not recycling, to using to many non recyclable products, I feel it is every ones responsibility to do what ever they can in order to make a change before it is to late. I am happy that one small thing I can do will contribute to helping the Rain Forrest to survive a little longer.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

ACEO Group Raises $455 Cash Donations for Rainforest Land

Well, Starr just updated us with the most recent count, and our little group of ACEO artists has raise a whopping $455.00 toward purchasing Rainforest land in the Cosanga Valley, Ecuador through World Land Trust - US.

What started as a simple idea is turning into wonderful, evolving creative charitable action beyond our initial hopes. Our current goal is to raise a grand total of $500 to purchase 5 acres of endangered rainforest land for conservation so we can actively contribute to preserving the world's biodiverse rainforest lands, plantlife and animal species!

Thank you to all the ACEO artists who have individually contributed cash donations to our growing fun. Know that you are creating change!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

"Scratchboard Drawing Of An Elephant" - art-by-darla-h

TITLE: Scratchboard Drawing of an Elephant
ARTIST: Darlene
EBAY ID: art-by-darla-h

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest...

I am a self taught artist who has been an animal lover all my life. Most of my art is animal art. I belong to A4C a group of artists who sell there art to benifit animals in need so the idea for this quilt just fit what I believe in.

Monday, September 29, 2008

"Grevy's Zebra" - purplehorse75

TITLE: Grevy's Zebra
ARTIST: Kim Loberg Doffin
EBAY ID: purplehorse75

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest...

I decided to enter an ACEO of a Grevy's zebra in the Endangered Species contest because zebras are among my favorite African animals. Many people think that there are an abundance of zebra herds in Africa. True, the plains zebras are plentiful, but there are also zebra species that are endangered. The Grevy's zebra is one of those species. By creating the card, I was able to show that zebras are endangered, too.

I am honored to be a part of the Endangered Species Quilt. It has been a project in which certain artisans have selflessly given their talent and time for a worthy cause. Many acres of rain forest are destroyed daily by logging and climate changes. With the sale of the Endangered Species Quilt, we, as ACEO artists, will be able to save some of the rain forest from destruction and give back to the public for all of the appreciated support they have shown us and continue to show us by collecting our ACEO cards. Kim

Saturday, September 27, 2008

"Manatee" - whimzicals

TITLE: Manatee
EBAY ID: whimzicals
ARTIST: Jo Lynch Whimzicals

Why I'm using my creatvity to save the rainforest...

Saving the Rainforest is important to all of us whether we are aware of it or not. Making this quilt with the many endangered species on it is just a small way in which we can help make a difference, bring awareness to the Rainforest plight, and become a part of the healing. Like the spreading rings on a pond from a single drop, we must all try to do whatever we can to save both our Rainforest Lands, and the endangered species. We must continue to spread the word.......

Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Endangered Legend" - Artschtick

TITLE: Endangered Legend
ARTIST: Deb Keirce
EBAY ID: Artshtick

Why I’m using my creativity to save the rainforest …

In a former life, I was a biochemical engineer, helping to bring manufacturing processes to life, to create newly discovered or synthesized pharmaceuticals. A very scary fact is that we are fresh out of ways to develop new antibiotics. This is scary because bacteria are NOT out of ways to mutate, and become immune to the antibiotics we can produce. Vancomycin is our last resort antibiotic - when bacteria are immune to all the others. Vancomycin resistant strains of common bacteria are on the rise. Patients who harbor vanco-resistant infections cannot be imprisoned in hospitals, so when they are feeling better, they are out and about in the general population, and those bacterial strains are going global.

What does all this have to do with the rainforest? There are a few undiscovered places we have access to, that may hold the key to finding new pharmaceuticals, and the rain forest is key to those discoveries. The oceans and space would be the other two. Anything we do to destroy the rainforest is potentially destroying products that could be discovered and developed to reduce human suffering in the future. It takes a lot of money and manpower to launch research programs in a rainforest. Some pharmaceutical companies have started the effort, but it will be generations before they will recover their research expenses, so we need those rainforests around for a VERY long time!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"American Bald Eagle" - artistnannie

TITLE: American Bald Eagle
EBAY ID: artistnannie
ARTIST: Fran Brooks

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest...

Whenever I see a movie or read a book where an animal is killed for sport or no valid reason, I am brought to tears. When watching TV programs where wolves, for example, are being saved from extinction and reintroduced into areas where they can run free, makes me happy. I enjoy painting animals and started adding them into my landscapes several years ago, then progressed to painting bird and butterfly portraits as well as wolves and my favorite dog breed, our Border Collies.

I entered my painting of the American Bald Eagle in the Endangered Species contest as it too was once on the brink of extinction, but has now made a triumphant comeback in the wild and is close to being taken off the list of threatened species. I was curious as to how this came to pass, so researched the bald eagle and came up with these facts. The decline in the eagle population was due to several reasons. Humans moving into territories with deforestation causing eagles to die off due to lack of food and shrinking habitat. Pesticides used on mice and other small animals, and then eaten by eagles who would ingest the poison caused sterility and death in eagles. Power lines placed too close to high tension wires would electrocute eagles when wings touched both wires at the same time.

Over the years power lines were replaced and spaced further apart, pesticides have also been banned from use and laws were passed to preserve eagles in the wild. Eagles were also hatched in captivity and then reintroduced into the wild. The eagles have begun to flourish again on their own and the American Bald Eagle continues to thrive because people decided to do their part to save these magnificent birds. I decided to participate in the Endangered Species Quilt project as my small part in helping to make others aware of the habitats that are endangered and the creatures that live within. I am thankful and humbled to be a small part of this project with many talented ACEO artists.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

"Golden Lion Tamarin" - carolynn.mc

TITLE: Golden Lion Tamarin
EBAY ID: carolynn.mc
ARTIST: Carolynn McDade

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest...

Earth is blessed with beautiful wilderness, rugged mountains, sparkling water and the life that abounds within. We all belong to this exquisite planet, and each life given is precious. Whether it's the massive blue whale, a timid wren, or the insect in your garden, these remain our fellow, earthly residents.

As the human creatures of this planet, we seemed to take advantage of what Earth had to give us in ways which has destroyed natural home grounds for many of our fellow creatures. I don't think we did it on purpose. Perhaps it was because we thought Earth would give endlessly.

In the past few decades, however, we have come to realize Mother Earth can't always replenish herself... environments are unwittingly destroyed, and animals lose their comfortable, flourishing homes.

Today, governments around the world are making the move to guard species which are dwindling. Preserved wilderness areas are being set aside for much of earth's wildlife, on land as well as in the waters.

The Golden Lion Tamarin ACEO is a good example of an animal which may not be able to survive the wilds of our planet much longer. Their habitats in Brazil have been invaded by logging and farming/agriculture. The once beautiful canopies are all but lost - 1-3% remain. These canopies were the Tamarin's source of food and shelter. Sadly, the remaining 400 or so Tamarins are in grave danger of extinction.

I am pleased to be a part of the Endangered Species Quilt project as a contributing artist. I urge everyone to re-use, recycle and take care of our planet.

Friday, September 19, 2008

"Golden Tamarin" - roadmaster6767

TITLE: Golden Tamarin
ARTIST: Mack Buroker
EBAY ID: roadmaster6767

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest:

Plants and animals hold medicinal, agricultural, ecological, commercial and aesthetic/recreational value. Endangered species must be protected and saved so that future generations can experience their presence and value. The way I see it, I can't paint a picture of a gorilla if they no longer exist.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

"Slumbering Dormouse" - Gougepaintings

TITLE: Slumbering Dormouse
ARTIST: Julie Gouge
EBAY ID: Gougepaintings

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest ...

As earthly guardians of this world we must tread lightly, or else all that we will be known for in the future are the deep, destructive, ugly footprints we have left behind. Down through history, species have come and gone. This is normal. It is the natural cycle of life on earth. However we, mankind, should not hasten this natural progression through our thoughtlessness and greediness.

If we are not careful we just might end up hastening our own destruction. Unlike other animals of this great, green planet, we alone have the ability to destroy our world. We are intelligent. We have the capacity to reason. We alone have the ability to recognize our careless destruction and strive to reverse it. We should not be the cause for the extinction of other species. Nature will see to that. When we are gone, our footprints on this earth should be no deeper than any other species that have passed into history.

This is why I am proud to be an artist whose work is represented on the Endangered Species Quilt. Hopefully, the beauty and symbolism of the quilt will encourage others to tread lightly and to strive to bring healing to the earth.

Monday, September 15, 2008

"Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly" - jazmin112-2008

TITLE: Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly
ARTIST: Susan Jane Smith
EBAY ID: jazmin112-2008

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest ...

I've worked for more than 35 years in Nature Conservation in Africa , as an amateur helper, and belong to the International Wildlife Association plus our local Alabama Wildlife Association.

My Grandfather went on an Amazon Expedition from 1911-1915. He told me many wonderful stories about his adventure and this has made me an adventurer too. When he was there the Rainforest was virtually untouched. Today it is endangered and faces terrible destruction every day because of greedy rich businesses robbing it of the wonderful trees.

We have to help all we can to save this habitat. Not only for all the flora and fauna that depend upon it for survival but also because the Rainforest supplies an incredible amount of oxygen that all the people in the World depends upon for life itself. You can imagine my reaction when Starr suggested raising money to buy a piece of the endangered Rainforests . I jumped at the chance to help.
I was so excited that I could help in a small way towards this incredible project. Hence I made my ACEO of the World's largest butterfly, which faces extinction due to collectors.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

"Red Panda" - maryhelen22

TITLE: Red Panda
ARTIST: Mary Helen Epps
EBAY ID: maryhelen22

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest ...

Once, when I was young, I watched a documentary of a film crew that had happened upon an indigenous tribe, living deep in a rainforest near the Amazon River. The film makers called the tribe the “flower people” and continually compared them to early man, stressing that this was the tribe’s first encounter with “civilization”.

They were a beautiful people, decorating themselves and everything in their village with a multitude of tropical flowers in all shapes and colors. Their main diet was the pulp of a certain tree, which after the pulp was removed, the hulled out trunk became a canoe, the branches a hut or fire wood. They would celebrate the harvested tree, placing flowers and a new sapling in the spot where the tree had been taken.

They smiled and laughed a lot. They were friendly and more than hospitable to the strangers who had come to film them. It was like a Utopia. I longed to live with the “flower people”. Some time after, I saw “The Medicine Man” and realized that the “flower people” probably no longer existed.

Oh sure, there may still be a tribe, although they were probably relocated and are wearing tee-shirts with words and logos they don't understand instead of flowers. Trying to make whatever money they can, to feed and shelter their children and pay for medicines for their new illnesses. Everyday watching as more of the beautiful trees and flowers they once called home disappear. And knowing their children will never have the chance to experience the beautiful existence that those before them had.

I hope that my participation in this quilt and the money made for the Rainforest fund, will aide in making sure that the Utopia that is the rainforest, never disappears. In a world where so much is taken, we each must strive to give back.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

"Chimpanzee" - starrgirlblue

TITLE: Chimpanzee
ARTIST: Star Daubenmire
EBAY ID: starrgirlblue

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest:

When our ACEO ebay group presented the subject "Endangered Species" as a theme for August 2008, I did some research to learn more about it. What I discovered was that not only particular plants and animals, but an entire ecosystem - the Rainforests of the Earth - are endangered. I learned that there is not just one rainforest, but rather there is a string of them running along the earth's equator where they maintain an average temperature of 80 degrees and receive approximately 200-400 inches of rain per year. This allows for a flourishing of life like no other place on earth.

The Rainforests have been around for milleniums, but our modern society has barely begun to explore their riches. In the meantime, humans have encroached into them to the point that more than half of their acreage has already been lost. It is understandable, on a local level, that the logging, farming and mining industries provide sustenance for the people who live in those areas. But the rainforest ecosystem represents a much larger picture that impacts all of earth's inhabitants. These forests are the source of life in so many ways! They provide 20% of the earth's oxygen and are a storehouse of medicinal plants. They are the natural habitat of a great percentage of the world's plants and animals. When we lose rainforest, we lose a source of life that sustains us all.

As an artist, I am an observer of details. I delve into the picture behind the picture so as to portray the essence of a thing. If I can understand anatomy and the structure of bone and muscle, then I can paint a life-like portrait. The viewer sees only the fleshly surface, but it is alive if it contains the structure beneath. In that same way, rainforests are part of our basic structure on earth. They sustain us whether we live in the tropics or in southwest Ohio. They contain unparallelled beauty and mysteries and species of life that are in some way connected to each of us.

Thus, I am extremely honored to be part of this art/quilt project that will raise funds to help preserve the rainforest. Our own small lives only become important when we can make a contribution that is bigger than ourselves. Through art, I have this opportunity to make a difference and I hope the quilt will not only grace someone's wall or bed, but it will help preserve a bit of our environment here on earth.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"The Frog Alchemist" - joy_found

TITLE: The Frog Alchemist
ARTIST: Joy Found
EBAY ID: joy_found

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest ...

The ACEO Endagered Species theme week challenge appealed to me because I have been seeking the best place to put my energies to help the environment. As a family, we recycle, and compost, and garden, and nurture a wide host of wildlife on our acreage but I knew I had to do more. I do my best to be a living teacher, and teach by example with my kids and everyone I encounter, and I just didn't feel like I was doing enough with all the crisis our earth is facing.

When I was invited on board to help facilitate promotion of the Quilt due to my experiences with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan fundraisers, I was thrilled. When you put out a request to the Universe, I find that you may not get what you expect, but do get exactly what you need, and this project to Save the Rainforest an acre at a time is in perfect synchronicity with my ACEO work and desire to "do more".

A few weeks before the challenge my sons and I had been picking black raspberries and to our joy were greeting by hundreds of bounding baby frogs. We captured about a hundred of them and released them speedily into our various herb and vegetable gardens we've planted around the home. It was a brilliant frog parade, and we had much fun introducing these fabulous creatures to our personal sanctuaries. Each of us has created our own meditation garden we visit daily, and many of the frogs have stayed to become inhabitants nestled in the rocks among the sedum and sunflowers, and other natural structures.

So, you may wonder why the Alchemist Frog? Well, with the preponderance of frogs on our property I began thinking that it was entirely within the realm of possibility that one day human beings would simply be material in jars to be studied by evolved frogs. As a species, humankind seems hell bent on destroying nature, and I firmly contend that the planet was here long before we were and will continue long after we are gone. That said, I would like it to be here, healthy, beautiful, and strong for long into the future. So, like the many frogs we saw that day, I am striving to leave a light footprint, with a strong message that the world is connected, and as we destroying one ecosystem in the name of "progress" we are likely destroying many opportunities for discovering ways to better our existence without harming the existing flora and fauna.

Mankind is not patient. I am trying to be patient, and realize that while I cannot change the entire world, I may be able to save a small portion of it. So, I contribute my art, and my time to help purchase Rainforest acreage. I just hope my efforts are timely enough, and that through the sale of this quilt our ACEO group will effect a positive change on the environment, and raise awareness of the need for everyone to "do more" and "do better".

We've decided to dedicate our fundraising donations to the Cosanga Valley Project. This is an area of exceptional biodiversity in Ecuador, where many of the plant species are endemic, or restricted to this area, including an astonishing variety of orchids, bromelaids, ferns and trees. Mammal species include the mountain tapir, ocelot and puma, and the area is home to 310 bird species, including 30 species of hummingbirds. The Cosanga Valley also hosts a variety of rare species such as the Peruvian Antpitta, Bicolored Antvireo and "San Isidro Owl" that is regularly found only in the Cosanga Valley.

Even though this Rainforest region is across the world from me, I think of it each morning as I sit and drink my tea looking at the beauty of my Baldans Kaleidoscope orchid, and watching the hummingbirds drink from the feeder (we have seven who visit us regularly this year). We are connected, all of us, all living things. This is such a simple truth, and with this ACEO quilt our group places that truth in the hearts of the artist's who have contributed. I hope if you've read to the end of this entry that you recognize this truth as well, and you are now willing to "do more" to help save the Rainforest and work in your own way to sustain life on earth.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

"Too Late" - amarillo-choctaw

TITLE: Too Late
EBAY ID: amarillo-choctaw

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest:

I am a registered member of the Choctaw Tribe. My father was Choctaw and my mother was White. There is an old Native American saying, “He who has one foot in the canoe and one foot in the boat, will fall in the water.” So, I chose to put my feet in the canoe.

I was born many winters ago near Bokchito, Oklahoma, on an Indian allotment. Bokchito is a Choctaw word which means “creek runs deep”. Oklahoma is also a Choctaw word meaning “land of red man”. Being Native American, I have strong feelings about taking care of the earth, the plants and animals given to us by the Great Spirit. Native Americans look at the plants and animals as “Our Friends”.

When I read about the Endangered Species Theme, I was drawn to contributing in my way, which was reproducing the artists’s cards onto fabric and making them into a quilt for auction. My interpretation for the quilt construction was approved by the Group. I chose a forest green color to frame the individual blocks of endangered species. The touch of yellow in the first border represents the sun and the outside border of light and dark blues are the waters and skies of night and day.

I feel very honored to be a part of this worthwhile project.

Friday, September 5, 2008

"Black Rhinoceros" - robertsloan2art

TITLE: "Black Rhinoceros"
ARTIST: Robert A. Sloan
EBAY ID: robertsloan2art

Why I’m using my creativity to save the rainforest...

I have several reasons. Let’s start with the coldest. I’m a living breathing mammal, a creature that would like to go on living and breathing. The lungs of the planet are the rainforests and oceans. Keeping them safe and producing oxygen means I will go on breathing, that my grandchildren will, that my own species isn’t rushing down the path to extinction.

I’m a science fiction writer. Let’s say we do as human beings figure out some technological solution to ensure our own survival, and my descendants wind up eating processed yeast in monolithic steel and concrete hives on a hyper-overpopulated Earth -- just us and our symbiotes, our domesticated species and the parasites we can’t get rid of. I wouldn’t want to see that future come because I am also a painter and a writer.

I want to know there are wild places in the world that no one goes, that belong to ocelots and pumas and tapirs. I want to know there’s something in the world that isn’t mapped, tabulated, counted and owned. That not all living creatures are property of some human being or other.

Some of the humans that live in rich wild places, hunter-gatherer cultures, call other species peoples. Baboons, pumas, birds, rhinos, are all peoples of different habits -- beings seen as owning themselves, not as property of humans. Buying land to protect some of these peoples from the encroachment of other humans is something they don’t need to understand. They will live well in their land.

I am deeply religious. My Earth-centered spirituality leads me to revere Mother Gaia... and to integrate that spiritual view with what some interesting scientists have said about a Gaia Hypothesis. This world’s entire ecosystem can be viewed as one organism, a being that is all genders and species at once, the sum of all that lives. If Gaia is healthy and thrives then we, all of us that are part of her, thrive too. I want to walk in beauty. I want to walk lightly with a small footprint in her bounty, avoiding the waste of so many first world lifestyles.

I often use recycled drawing paper or supplies from renewable sources like shortlived cotton and linen plants. I order things online instead of driving to stores. Our household consolidates errands and we rarely use the car. We did this before gas got that expensive because it made for less waste. When I get packages I reuse the packaging to pack up things I’m sending. We leave a lot less trash than most and enjoy life just fine, often saving money too. Every habit change makes a difference and they’re usually self rewarding.

In nature everything is recycled. No matter what falls or breaks or dies it becomes food for something, for mushrooms and scavengers, for plants and completes the cycle. I find this beautiful. There are molecules in my body that used to be part of a puma, an ocelot, a tapir, a hummingbird.

As an artist I love these creatures. I have personal favorites. My totem is a cougar. Pumas are cougars by another name. My totem lives on this land and knowing my brother is free down there is a joy to me. I love all cats. Ocelots are beautiful cats, they belong in their trees in their territories. I used to think it was a little selfish to love the top predators so much... until recent science proved that top predators are key to an ecosystem’s health. When pumas and ocelots have healthy territories, everything else in their range flourishes. Everything stays in balance.

I chose the animal I did to represent all endangered species by remembering where my species came from. Every American child grows up on African animals. My two year old grandson has blocks with lions, rhinos, elephants and giraffes on them. The Black Rhinoceros is severely endangered, all these animals are. Yet they are so deeply embedded in Western culture that they eclipse all of the big impressive animals of our own continent! You don’t see alphabet-book Moose and Wolf and Eagle nearly as often as Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Lion.

I think this is because our species originated in Africa. I think these are the animals we evolved to live near, to hunt and to avoid being hunted by. The world of our roots will be gone forever if we let the big animals of Africa go extinct. Generations of children may look at schoolbooks of centuries past and know their contents are as vanished as the dinosaurs -- and wonder why we didn’t stop before it was too late. I chose the Black Rhinoceros so that my grandson’s grandchildren would have rhinos on photo safaris, to know the world of our past is alive in the present.

Rhinoceros, puma, ocelot, lion, giraffe, cheetah, shark... all of these are part of who we are. In an ecosystem, diversity is stability. Diversity is flexibility if there’s a climate change or a natural disaster of any kind.

If we halt the destruction, we halt our own destruction as well, of soul as well as physical terrain. Humane answers and green technologies exist. The way to save the Earth is to begin with what’s in reach, what I can do as an individual. So I live green and give what is best of mine to give -- representational art. I painted this rhino the way a beaver sets a dam. Art is what only humans do. I am happy to create something that helps save the animal peoples. Rare ants, plants and beetles will survive because as an artist I love the rhino, orchid and puma.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

"Loggerhead Turtle" - isablue123

TITLE: Loggerhead Turtle
EBAY ID: isablue123

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest:

I have a BS degree in Zoology, and my favorite courses as a student were those dealing with biodiversity and ecology. I have been deeply affected by news of shrinking ecosystems and the devastating effects on some animal populations in the world, and even more appalled by reports on poaching that is putting at risk some of our closest relatives like chimpanzees and gorillas. It is estimated that 40% of all organisms are at risk (source: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources). Many species could be going extinct unnoticed due to our careless exploitation of the world's resources.

When the ACEO ~ Art Cards editions and Originals group suggested "Endangered Species" as a monthly topic, I was thrilled! There was a chance to paint one of my favorite subjects. I never imagined that we would get together as a group to try and save a little piece of our planet. Starr, however, mentioned the efforts of the World Land Trust, an organization that purchases acres of rainforest to protect it for posterity. So far, the WLT has purchased and protected over 350,000 acres (142,000 hectares) of rainforest and other precious wildlife habitats worldwide (http://www.worldlandtrust.org/).

Starr proposed that interested members of our group contribute a portion of their "Endangered species" sales to purchase an acre or more of threatened wildlife habitat. She has been educating us on the extent of the problem, and her voice has been heard in the group. Char took the project one step further by volunteering to make a quilt based on the artwork submitted for the "Endangered species" theme week. All the contributing artists have graciously agreed to have their image reproduced for the quilt. Char generously donated her time, materials and talent to create this beautiful quilt that Starr will auction on eBay, with 100% of the proceeds going to the WLT. Joy stepped in to flesh out ideas to promote the sale of the quilt, and we have been working together to make this event happen. I am very excited to be part of this meaningful group effort that, for once, will change the world for the better!

Monday, September 1, 2008

ACEO - Art Card Editions and Originals

ACEO. You might be wondering what it is if you've never heard the acronym before. ACEO stands for Art Card Editions and Originals.

In the simplest terms, an ACEO is an artist trading card with horizontal or vertical size dimensions equal to 2.5" x 3.5".

This blog focuses on the group of more than 30 ACEO artists who have taken their creative pursuits one step further, to create a unique, one of a kind Endangered Species Quilt from reproductions of their art on cloth that have been carefully woven together to create a tapestry unlike any you will find elsewhere on the planet!

The Endangered Species quilt is being crafted to benefit the World Land Trust non-profit charity. 100% of the auction final sales price will be donated to the World Land Trust to purchase endangered Rainforest acreage and conserve it for our future generations. We anticipate the quilt will be completed and ready for auction in October or November of 2008. Please watch the blog for updates.

In the meantime, we've started this blog so you can view each piece of art that has been donated to this project to save the Rainforest, and learn more about why each artist has chosen to utilize their art in an effort to effect change by purchasing Rainforest Land for conservation.

To find ACEO on eBay, just enter the acronym ACEO into your searchbar. This will bring up a wealth of currently available originals and editions for your viewing pleasure. To join our group, just click on this blog entry title or visit http://groups.ebay.com/forum/Aceo-Art-Cards/Home/100016580 .