The gallery where I show my paintings will be having a special exhibit in March. All of the proceeds will go to Haiti relief. So.... I set up this still life this morning and am thinking of painting from it for my donated piece. It would be called "Mourning News." But is it too frivolous looking? I think my point is that when these things happen, our lives are touched, but we continue on. I don't want to seem like "let them eat cake" or anything. It's just that this is often how we learn of things that happen to others; while we are safely enjoying our own fortunate lives.
I thought of painting a picture of some of the Haitian children. But I also know what kind of art sells, and what someone would be willing to maybe spend money on and live with. I would like what I spend time on to profit the cause. Especially since artists cannot deduct a donation such as this. I could sell it, and donate the money myself, and that would be deductable. But when I donate a painting (or a tapestry) I can only deduct the cost of the materials. Of course, it's not about the tax credit either.
Golly, I'm thinking I sound pretty crass on this post! But my question that I need help on is this: would this still-life as a painting be insensitive, or would it fit the cause and possible sell? I don't want to waste my time or be insensitive.
ps. By the way, while I was posting this, Booker jumped up and got and ate the banana nut bread. He knew better, but just didn't care. BAD DOG! Good thing I took photos of the still-life.