Saturday, July 30, 2011

A magical donation for our Bakhita Girls fundraiser: paintings by Susan Sorrell Hill

I'm so happy to announce that Susan Sorrell Hill is one of the first artists to donate five paintings for the Bakhita Girls fundraiser, which will help provide scholarships for young mothers and underprivileged girls to attend secondary schools in Ifakara, Tanzania. Susan is an artist and illustrator from Northern California. Her paintings tell universal stories, and are inspired by the literature of humankinds’ patterns: fairy tale, myth, and oracles of all types. It is always a treat to visit Susan's wonderful blog, Dream & Vision.  Susan was one of the first artists I interviewed on TYT and I'm happy to say that since then we've exchanged so many creative ideas and have even become friends. Susan recently submitted her cover art "The Girl with Silver Hands" to the Uncovered Cover Art Blog, a blog where you can vote for your favorite cover art! Also have a look at the TYT interview about Susan's art: "Fairy Tales and Magic"  Thanks again Susan for your kind donation! Here you can find more info about the fundraiser, if you'd like to donate just contact me via email .

Here are the five wonderful paintings Susan donated: 

Susan Sorrell Hill

Susan Sorrell Hill

Susan Sorrell Hill

Susan Sorrell Hill

Susan Sorrell Hill
For more of Susan's art 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

TYT received the Sunshine Award 2011 ;)

Lars Käker from Germany kindly awarded me with the "Sunshine Award 2011" for my "stunning" art blog. Thank you so much for this great compliment Lars. I'm really happy that so many readers enjoy this blog, I never would have believed I could inspire so many readers one day... 
Have a look at Lars's great oil paintings at his blog Portraits 2 Null , I'm glad he commented on my blog - his style is very special and I'm now a happy follower of his blog. He might even sketch something for our Bakhita fundraiser ;)

The rules for receiving the award: 
- Thank the person who gave you the award. 
- Write a post about it.
- Answer to the questions below.
- Pass it on to 10 bloggers who you think really deserve it and send them a message to let them know.

The questions:
01. My favorite color: green.
02. My favorite animal: monkey.
03. My favorite number: 5.
04. My favorite non-alcoholic drink? Green Tea.
05. I joined facebook and twitter.
06. My passion: working together with other creatives, writing, enjoying a day in the sun with friends.
07. getting or giving presents? Both to be honest ;)
08. My favorite pattern? I really don't know. i have never thought of the possibility of having a favorite pattern. hmm. stripes? ;)
09. My favorite day of the week? Sunday of course ;)
10. My favorite flower? Rose.

I'm passing on the award to my ten favorite bloggers (although when I started noting them down I came up with many more...)

Tahira Lubrano  A Look in A Creative Mind
Elizabeth Rose Stanton Penspaper Studio
Sue Pownall Art of a Nomad
Maria Bogade 
Susan Sorrell Hill
Eric Orchard 
Atelier Petit 4
Linda Hensley 
Alison Donato 
Thomas W Schaller

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Art and music fundraiser in NYC: Donate an artwork for providing women with scholarships in Tanzania

Dear Trade Your Talent Readers, 

my really good friend Patricia Schneidewind runs a non-profit called the Bakhita Girls Project ( They provide scholarships for young mothers and underprivileged girls to return to local secondary schools in Ifakara, Tanzania.  Right now Bakhita are working on raising funds for the girl’s school fees that are due by the end of August.  I told my friend about the many talented artists I know and I was wondering if you'd like to donate one of your artworks for this great cause. We will probably do an art raffle or let guests at the fundraiser buy a painting in the name of one of the 13 school girls !!

There are two ways for you to participate: 
1) If you are in New York I would be really happy if you could join us at this great event!
2) If you would like to contribute from anywhere around the world it would be great if you'd be able to send one of your artworks to us or directly to one of the guests who will buy your painting at the fundraiser! of course we will also put your name on the flyer for the fundraiser and I will blog loads about your participation! :-))
We will let you know after the fundraiser who donated money for your painting! 

The fundraiser: The fundraiser will take place at Vodou Bar in New York (a new bar that opened a few months ago on Nostrand Ave, near the Nostrand stop on the A) around the middle of next month. The date is not fixed yet but will take place between the 10th and 22nd of August (date will be set soon), so if you'd like to send us an artwork please get in touch soon ;) 

For more info drop me a line at !!
I look forward to hearing from you!!!
All best from New York, 

Bakhita Girls


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