Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Changing Direction

© 2016 Tammy Kaufman - Golden Moments - soft pastels on UArt 9" x 12"
I should probably take this opportunity to thank the juror for rejecting my entries for the latest juried show. You see, the notice of declination that arrived in my email this evening actually confirms that something I've been mulling over for a while now is probably the path I need to be taking. I don't paint to win ribbons or please some random judge. I paint because it speaks to something in my soul. Seeking validation from a juror who doesn't even know me or what is deep within my heart and soul is not the path for me, and it seems the Universe is more or less smacking me upside the head to tell me that.
© 2016 Tammy Kaufman - The Sage - soft pastels on UArt 12" x 9"
Among my greatest joys as an artist are discovering that a painting of mine speaks to someone's heart, and being able to help animals in need by doing what I love which is painting. So with that in mind, I'd like to introduce Painting for Paws! I want to encourage anyone interested to make a donation to one of the animal charities on my list below and as a thank-you gift for your donation, I'll give you one of my smaller landscape paintings absolutely free (except for the cost of mailing if applicable). Most of my artwork is available as part of this Painting for Paws promotion. The donation amount is totally up to you, and you can select from any of my chosen charities listed below. There is no minimum donation requirement, and every penny will go to the charity. The paintings will generally be unframed, and I would also request proof of the charity donation, just to ensure the charities are getting something.
© 2016 Tammy Kaufman - Nature's Peace - soft pastels on UArt 9" x 12"
And what do I get out of this, you ask? My reward is that I get to paint purely from my heart, with the satisfaction of knowing my artwork is being adopted into happy new homes while also doing some good in this all too often difficult world. So if this sounds like something that may interest you, please contact me at tammy@tammykaufman.com and together let's do something wonderful.

My charity choices currently include the following, but others may also be added:
Natural Resources Defense Council
Environmental Defense Fund
350 Dot Org Environmental

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Why The Little Birds?

If you've looked closely - or even not that closely - at my landscape paintings, you may have noticed that many of them contain those little dark "V" and "M" shapes often used by children in their drawings to represent birds. And you may have wondered why an adult would put such amateurish marks into a painting. My answer lies in personal symbolic meaning. These "birds" represent to me, in their simplistic appearance, an opportunity to rise above what may try to hold me down - sorrow, fear, pain, lack of confidence, grief, insecurity, all the things that say "you can't" - and they remind me that though this life may feel lonely and discouraging at times, my guardian angel "beginner birds" are always here encouraging me to set my inner child's spirit free, ever whispering "you can".
© 2016 Tammy Kaufman - Pensato - soft pastels on Gessoed Masonite 8" x 10"