1 - Please place your bid by leaving a comment with your bid amount in the comments section. Make sure it is higher than the previous bid and only in whole dollars.
2 - Check back often to see where your bid is at.
3 - Spread the word and try to get others involved! My biggest fear is that I won't have much to offer this family in the end.
4 - At the close of the auction, I will contact the winner. The winner will pay the amount of their winning bid to the Stephanie and Christian PayPal account. The winner will then forward the PayPal receipt to me and I'll send the artwork to them.
5 - The auction will end at noon EST on Wednesday, 10 September.
I'm talking about Stephanie and Christian Nielson in the United States. No, I don't know them. I had never even heard of them before today. But they were in a terrible plane crash in August, the day of my wedding anniversary to be exact. It's a heartbreaking story. If you haven't read about it but would like to learn more, please read about it here.
Stephanie was an avid blogger, writing The NieNieDialogues about marriage, kids, family, life. The family has been fundraising to try to pay for the costs they are incurring. Today I decided that I wanted to do something to help, however small my contribution may be. I have no link to this family other than what I read this morning, but I want to do my part. Maybe because I put myself in their situation and would hope for others to care. Maybe because I think that's the way the world should be.
I have offered to the family to auction off a piece of original artwork, a bespoke (commissioned) watercolour illustration to the winner. The illustration will be on heavy weight watercolour paper measuring 8x10 inches. It can contain up to 2 figures of your choosing. You decide if you would like an illustration of your child or children or something more whimsical to decorate the walls of his or her room. I will work with you to come up with something to suit.
If you would like to see other examples of my artwork, please click here or here.