It has been a little over a month since my dear friend Uncle Johnny passed away. And it has been a little over a month as well since I reached out and asked for help in Piecing Together The Sky as my memorial for my sweet friend.
When I asked online for photos of the sky--I was unexpectedly blown away by the response.
I received a total of 326 photos from beautiful Souls all over the world--and almost everyone shared with me who they too kept locked in their heart as they took the photo. The stories were so touching and it really proved to me how very connected by love we all truly are.
As you can imagine, creating this video has been a humbling experience. I am very honored for the experience to hold each of these loved ones in my heart as I paint FEARLESS--and I especially am proud to have created something much bigger than just a video in honor of my sweet friend John. He would be so excited and digging this big time!!
|Piecing Together The Sky. Acrylic on Canvas.|
But this memorial is not finished yet. It feels too small for something I'm calling Piecing Together The Sky....so I want to give more--I want to connect us together more--and I want to do it in a way that I know my friend Uncle Johnny would be proud of.
First, because I received such a huge amount of photos and stories--I was unable to honor everyone by including the name of the person(s) that were mentioned with the photo of the sky. I would like to give you that opportunity now so everyone can be seen and heard. So everyone can share the way they were touched and lives were changed by loved ones lost. (Just like I did in my post about Uncle Johnny HERE.)
So please, take the time to share a photo of the sky on your blog--and tell us who it is for and how they touched your life--how you remember them. It doesn't matter if you contributed a photo of the sky to my memorial video or not--everyone is welcomed to share in Piecing Together The Sky. And after you share on your blog, please come back here and add your hyperlink to the Mister Linky widget below. I feel like we're creating a larger and larger quilt of that magnificent sky!!!
Plus, every person that shares their blog post in the Mister Linky below by 8:00 PM PST this Friday, August 3rd will be entered to win a print of my sky painting that I created in the video above. I will be giving away one print to three lucky contributors in thank you for sharing on Monday, August 6th.
Here is where you can share your hyperlink:
Their mission, which is so in alignment to what my friend John believed in, is stated like this:
THE PLAYING FOR CHANGE FOUNDATION IS DEDICATED TO CONNECTING THE WORLD THROUGH MUSIC BY PROVIDING RESOURCES TO MUSICIANS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD.
A decade ago a small group of documentary filmmakers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets. Not only has that dream been realized, it has blossomed into a global sensation called Playing For Change, a project including musicians of every level of renown, that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.
While traveling the world filming and recording musicians, the crew became intimately involved with the music and people of each community they visited. Although many of these communities had limited resources and a modest standard of living, the people in them were full of generosity, warmth, and above all they were connected to each other by a common thread: music.
Out of these discoveries, the Playing For Change Foundation was born and made its mission to ensure that anyone with the desire to receive a music education would have the opportunity to do so. The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to the fundamental idea that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music.
Each person that lovingly donates by using the ChipIn Widget below by 8:00 pm PST this Friday, August 3rd will be entered to win my actual FEARLESS Painting I did in the Piecing Together The Sky video above.
A suggested donation is $15 but donation is warmly appreciated--and know that all the money will be donated to the Playing For Change Foundation in honor of John Kuegeler. (I will be choosing the winner randomly from the email addresses that are collected when you make your donation and announcing it Monday, August 6.)
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping my friend's spirit alive--and by helping to Piece Together The Sky for more than just ourselves....Thank you! Thank you!!
This one's for you Uncle Johnny!! I miss you big time my friend!!
Please use this widget to donate and thank you from the bottom of my heart....