Monday, November 26, 2018

A Life To Outlive Me

"The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."
~ William James ~

As a result of my current mental health challenges (as well as my growing disdain for the rampant excessive consumerism everywhere lately it seems), I am transitioning away from actively marketing most of my framed works for sale. I believe we all want to leave our personal mark on the world in some way, and I'm increasingly finding myself drawn away from the noise of the marketplace in order to focus on discovering a quieter and more personally meaningful purpose for my life as an artist that will outlive me. 

"Live Like You Mean It"
© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
11" x 14" soft pastel on Pastelmat
*This painting is not available.*

I continue steadfast in my belief that the true meaning of life is measured not in what possessions we have, but in what actions we take to support, encourage and protect the more vulnerable among us. Working to save our environment and animals in need remains particularly dear to my heart and an important part of who I am. Therefore, a limited number of my available unframed works are now offered for free as a thank you for donating to my supported charities, and I welcome inquiries about this (this offer is limited to those who can pick up the paintings in the local Wake Forest area, as I simply cannot afford to pay for shipping costs in addition to giving the works away as free gifts).

"Bee Honest and True"
© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
9" x 6" soft pastel on Canson Mi-Tientes

My paintings are inspired by nature, and my hope is that receiving them as a free thank you gift for donating to my preferred charities will serve as a perpetual reminder of the support you've given to our natural world and the beautiful creatures who inhabit it.

"Pursuing Impossibilities"
© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
6" x 8" soft pastel on Pastel Premier

The charities I support generally list on their websites suggested donation amounts specific to their needs, but any amount to these very worthy organizations is much appreciated.

"Sonata in Scarlet"
© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
9.5" x 6.25" soft pastel on Sennelier La Carte Pastel Card
*This painting has already found a home.*

All my works may be viewed online here or may be seen in person at my home studio on a limited basis by appointment. Disclaimer - Please note not all works in the online galleries are available; I welcome your inquiry if there is a specific painting in which you are interested for the charity initiative.

"Treasure Island Dreaming"
© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
5" x 7" soft pastel on UArt 320
*This painting has already found a home.*

I do still also have several framed paintings available for sale at the Main Gallery of the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex, 213 North Main Street in Roxboro, in the back room of the Main Gallery. Hours are Tuesday - Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

"Woodland Gleaming"
© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
9" x 12" soft pastel on Strathmore Artagain

I will continue to offer many of my unframed works available for sale, with profits donated to the charities I support as noted above. Please contact me to see these paintings in person, or they may be viewed via my online galleries. Please note, not all paintings in these galleries are available, and I make every effort to note those in their descriptions. Also, I try to photograph my paintings as accurately as possible but I cannot guarantee exact color match as monitors vary, and keep in mind there may be backlighting on your monitor that is not present in the actual painting, depending on the device you use to view the images.

"A Life Imagined"
© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
6.25" x 9.5" soft pastel on Sennelier La Carte Pastel Card

I am pleased to report that every single charity on my list has already received significant donations this year. I'm forever grateful to everyone who has enabled me to use my artwork as a means of financially supporting these worthy causes, and look forward to continuing to support them for years to come.

"Beelieve in the Rhythms of Nature"
© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
6" x 6" alcohol ink on tile
*This painting has already found a home.*

"Because when you get down to it, what we do has actual substance and meaning in a way that most people never engage with.  So for that alone, be proud of yourself - that despite the overwhelming tide of life -- you are still creating.  You are literally doing the impossible."
~ Jessica Prior ~