Help my friend Kristen earn money for the cause! Cystic fibrosis affects people from all walks of life...we can all make a difference...some more than others and she's definitely doing her part as her sister lives with CF. I met Kristen at a CF event a few years back and she is the most fun and down to earth person. You'll meet....who also happens to be on TV during the weekdays!
Hey everyone....just an FYI that I will be painting on the "Paint the Roses" for CF project on friday from 6pm to 10pm at Amorelia Mexican Cafe in Costa Mesa! It's some of the best mexican food around! I'll also setup a live feed so the people who can't come can watch me paint! Come by and say hi! Please share and tell a friend!
For some reason I feel like I need to appologize....but I know at times you have to deal and learn from what life hands you. I don't know if many of you know about Cystic fibrosis....if you don't ....Google it... it's no joke....a few years ago I started a charity project called project paint the roses to help raise awareness and funds for CF. I have some friends that currently have the disease....one that is very dear to me and that started the project with me....I also have... one friend that has had a loss currently due to CF ...and one friend who I met at event who is in the media who has a sister with CF...basically these people live with severe lung infections....they're lifespan is short....they live accelerated lives....trying to be normal ....trying to live everyday to the fullest. Some even have CF related diabetes. They aren't looking for sympathy...and depending on the stage or severity of their condition....they often have to check into the hospital for tuneups which include antibiotics and vacuuming of the lungs. To have a friend with CF is to be very understanding...sometimes they go through depression and don't want to be scene because they just don't feel good. You also have to be quick and run for some napkins if they start coughing and can't stop (it happens sometimes if you make them laugh) ...walking to fast can be a problem as well. Anyways ...because I am so close to the situation...and being an artist as well as running into some hurdles...it's the been hard to stay motivated in the project...im gearing back up....because I don't know how to quit...and am ready to attack this project again...one thing I remember telling my friend Lindsey that I think other CFers should know is ...."Thank you for doing all that you do to stay around as long as you can"! People with CF are some of the strongest people I know ....we can all benefit from the way they live their lives...
Ok time to get rolling on the project again! I know a few people in the so cal area that either own restaurants or work at one....I'm looking for different locations to paint mostly in the OC LA area! If your place has alot of traffic and has a little space for my easel...id like to come paint live over there! If you just happen to know of a good place...let them know about the project and or let me know and I'll see if I can paint there and help create awareness while I work on the project! All help is appreciated! ...Joseph
I'm going to New York in March ....so I'm going try to contact some people to see of I can set up somewhere at a venue for a day and paint/promote.....i will also have to have a special crate made to ship the painting.....wish me luck....and keep spreading the word!
So I have an idea to help promote the project, and to help generate money to help us get it to different cities across the nation....I want to paint 1 individual rose on a canvas with a basic color background....and put them up for auction on eBay....the CF foundation originally liked and backed our idea....but they are one of the most noted as 98% of all funds donated goes to research....so they get a lot of help from the outside as far as promoting and marketing goes. I a...lways like to be safe and upfront....specially when it comes to money and for something like this! All I want to do is help by painting something actually worth something and donate the proceeds to the CF foundation....the other thing is I'm not so sure I would know about CF if I never met Lindsey which kind of tells me it needs get out there more in front of the public's eye. Anyway.....it should be easy setting up dates and times with other CF chapters in different cities to help us find venues with lots of people to paint in front of and promote CF and the project.....tricky part is getting to several cities....so that's where the roses come in...we can call them something like forever roses....or endless roses.....and auction them on eBay one by one.....hopefully this would generate enough hype and help offset travel expenses....then after the project is done....any residual will go to the CF foundation.....any thoughts?