Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Painting for the Australian Bushfires

So we all know about the devestating bushfires in Australia by now...  There are so many animals, both pets and wildlife, who desperately need our help...  

...My human and I have been twisting our brains trying to think of a way we could help save these animals...  How we could raise money to donate...

... And finally, we came up with a solution...  Painting!  

A couple months ago I, Sparky, made a painting with my very own paws.  No human strokes of a brush, and not even a brush, were involved in this painting.  It was painted entirely by me!  Indeed, I am a dog who greatly enjoys creating works of art...

Here I am, testing the colors and shapes of my painted paw prints... 

Painting is quite simple really.  You just stick your paws on the paint pad, and then move over and place your paws on the canvas, leaving beautifully colored paw prints...  See how I'm enjoying this?  

Look!  Do you like my painting so far?

Ahh, the last finishing touch!

And finally, the finished creation!  I'm not exactly sure what this painting is supposed to be of, but you have to admit it does look pretty cool.  It's made entirely of my own paw prints!

Ever since I made this painting I've been wondering what to do with it...  And now, I've decided to use it to raise money to help the animals in Australia!  

We have put this painting up on eBay, you can find it HERE.  Everydog, cat, hamster, human, or whoever else might be reading this, this may be your lucky week!  You could get this special painting created by Sparky the Great Painter, with free shipping!  

I have no idea what this painting might sell for.  But whether it be $2, $10, or more or less, every penny counts.  These Australian animals need our help.  Even just one or two dollars will help them.  

So my friends, even if you do not want to bid on my lovely painting, I don't mind.  But I urge you all...  Please donate whatever you can give...  even if it's just a dollar or two...  The RSPCA is gathering donations, you can donate to them HERE.  And once my painting is sold, I will be giving 100% of the net proceeds recieved to them...

Also, some of you may have noticed the google adds on my blog sidebar... Every time someone clicks on the adds, we recieve a few cents...  And each of these cents adds up to dollars, and 100% of these dollars will be used to help our animal friends...

Once again, if anyone is interesting in bidding on my painting to help the Australian animals, you may find it HERE.  Starting bid is at $0.99 US, shipping is free, and remember, ALL proceeds go to helping our animal friends affected by the Australian bushfires!


Asta said...

I just bid on youw bootiful painting..I don't have lots of money , but i want to help, and I couldn't pass up the chance to have a Spawky owiginal
Thank you fow youw wowk
smoochie kisses

Bae Bae said...

Your painting is pawsome Sparky..
I hope it'll raise lots of money for the poor animals affected by the bush fire

~ Bae

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

That is pawsome Sparky :) Thank you ! Mum would like to bid on it - if she wins and gives you extra for the shipping - will you send it to her ?



Moco said...

We are going to bid right now. If we are lucky enough to win we would at least have some decent art work in this house.

Suzuki said...

Thats a pawsome painting Sparky! My Mum just bid on it :D It's for sucha good cause.
It would be pawsome to have a Sparky Original!
Big licks to you

Huskee and Hershey said...

Great artwork Sparky... You are very talented and what better way to raise money for the bushfire victims!! (psst, does it come with a Sparky signature? I am sure it'd increase the painting's value ten-fold!!)

Stanley said...


I didn't know you were an impawsionist! I'm with Asta. I'll be bidding against her, but I too want a Sparky original. (Remember us all when you're famous, man!)

What a GREAT idea.

Goober love & smooches,

The FOUR Musketeers said...

Well done Sparky (:

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...



We already pawed a MANGO sized donation but I'll have to try to win a SparkyBarkyOriginal!

Woo do such great work!

PeeEssWoo: Your blog looks pawtastikh!

Pearl said...

Oh Sparky! I never knew you were hiding all of that artistic talent!

This is such a sweet idea. I just know you'll raise some money to help the people and animals in Australia!

Fred said...

That's incredible! What a great idea to help those in Australia!
Meanwhile, on a side note, I've been wanting to paint something for awhile. But my Old Girl didn't know--do puppies have to use a special kind of paint or anything, or is regular paint OK for our paws?
Thanks in advance!

the 4 Bs said...

hi Sparky, we are going to bid on your painting right now. we are so proud of you for helping and your art is just beautiful.


Simona,Paco e Milo said...

That's incredible!!!!!!! What a great idea to help those friends in Australia!!!!!!!!
you're great andwe love you and your soul a lot!!!!
lots of love and kisses

Deetz said...

That was a great idea Sparky! What a wonderful painting...I think it looks like a gazzillions of colorful balloons floating through the sky...or a beautiful garden of flowers.....Magnificant!

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Man, there're many, many skills on earth and you possess them all!
I'm just a pain, never be the great painter! I can't even draw a straight line!
The picture of the poor koala broke my heart, buddy.
I just placed my bid, this is my first time ever on Ebay, wish me luck, I hope I win, I hope I win!Muahhhhh!

The Brat Pack said...

You ROCK!! We love it!!


Maggie and Mitch said...

What a true work of art and what an awesome idea, Sparky! Bless you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Abby said...

Hi, Sparky...

That's a great painting...You are very talented...And, what a great way to help our friends in Australia...

Abby xxxooo

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

That is such a wonderful idea.. You are so talented too..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Joe Stains said...

We just hopped on over to ebay, its at $63!! that is pawesome!!! You did a great job my friend.

Charlie said...

What a great idea, Sparky! You are such an artist!!
- Charlie

Lorenza said...

Hi, Sparky!
Your painting is pawesome!
You had a great idea to help our friends who need it now!
I hope you get lots of money to send to them!
Kisses and hugs

Scottie the 'cutie' said...

Wow, your painting is so cool, Sparky! It's so generous of you to give the proceeds to the fire victims! I hope your painting gets loads of bids for it! *grins*


Aki said...

you are very innovative sparky... and very selfless too.. we wanted to bid too but we already donated to RSPCA and *sigh*... we don't have enough $ to match the current bid... *sigh again*

we hope the winning bid registers zillions of zeros!

drooly kisses,

Aki and Poopie

Byron y Xinver said...

Hi, your painting is really good, very beautiful and imaginative. Good idea!

Snowy and Crystal said...

you are a real artist Sparky boy ;) we are proud to be your friends

Maltese Paws

BrandytheGreat said...

Sparky, you're doing an awesome job!

Amber-Mae said...

Wow Sparky! That artwork is pawtastic! You're so talented. I wish I can do interesting artwork like you too besides destroying my tennis balls. I am most definitely going to bid on your painting too but we don't have much money so we'll bid on how much we can afford.

Butt sniffs,
Solid Gold Dancer

Peanut said...

Sparky we think your painting is great and you donating the money to the animals is wonderful. We wish we could bid but we see how much it is going for already and can't.

Suzuki said...

Hi Sparky
I have just made Mummy bid again (cause she gots outbid) and its up to over $150 Australian $$$ WOW
This is so pawsome!
She has to get permission from Daddy now to keep bidding :)
Big licks to you

Eric said...

Paws up to you Sparky! What an amazing impawsionist painting.You could do some numbered lithos of it too for auction later on. I will donate for sure! Pawsome. Wagging huge wigs wags for you and your leggededs you're the bestest.

Wiry wags, Eric xx

Anonymous said...

Wow Sparky, I just checked and your painting is up to $100! Woo hoo! I think you're a fantastic painter and it's such a wonderful idea. (I'm amazed that you weren't trying to taste the paint or licking your paws - you are real artist for sure!)

Your pal,


Wow, we are honored to meet the famous Canadian Dog Artist, Spark VanGo. You are the only Dog Artist we have met.

Dog Speed,

Essex & Deacon

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Sparky, That is a terrific thing to do for those animals. Your painting is currently worth $100. Good work!

Amber and Nala said...

Very COOL painting Sparky....I LOVE it!!


Ruby Isabella said...

What an artist!!! Your painting is doing really well on e-bay. The sky's the limit!

parlance said...

Sparky, you made me cry when I read this post. You don't know how lovely it feels in the middle of all our sadness here to know that others care.
(I'm blinking away the tears so I can keep typing.)
I love the painting!

Petey said...

Sparky! Not only is your painting beautiful, but it's now up to $100 US! I've got a link on my site too for people to donate to help the animals injured in the bushfires. Thank you for your generosity and your ingenious idea!

Your pal,


Anonymous said...

Hi Sparky
Its furry nice to meet you. That is a pawsome painting. My hooman sister has been bidding on it. (She is Suzuki's Mum) I hope she wins it, its fur a weally good cause.
Gruffs from the Scruff

Faith and her mum Cath said...

You're painting has got too expensive for my 'save for a boneless day' account so me and my Mum will donate some money instead. Bless you for what you're doing.
And also, thanks for stopping by Faith's blog and praying for her very sore eyes. Things are starting to improve but I think we have some tricky days ahead still. At least we have a wagging tail again some of the time...

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Sparky, I was outbidded but I'm happy to see the bid is going up strongly. I wish our global economy just like that, up! up! up! Muahhhh!

Agatha and Archie said...

We are on our way( we are sooo behind in our reading!!)You are the best!! and wuite a painter!! Love A+A

Asta said...

I am so pwoud of you..I hope you and youw pawents awe well
smoochie kisses

Southbay Girl said...

Sparky what a great idea!!!! Mom has wanted to do something to help as well-you and your mommy are very clever and so wonderful to think of others!!!


Thor said...

What a great idea, Sparky! You are very talented!


Jemma and Tofu said...

Oh WOW, Sparky, thank you for helping the animals. We're SO proud of you!! Just checked - the bid is now sitting at $100 USD and most likely still climbing....good for you!


Twinkle a.k.a Chicken Little said...

Sparky, love ya painting!!!!

slurpy licks,


Hi Sparky,
What a lovely painting and for such a great cause! Those poor animals really need all the help they can get and you have come up with such a positive way to help. Mum has also donated online and been in contact with Zoos Victoria who have set up a bush fire appeal and they said that there has been a positive world wide response.
Thank you,

Chef said...

Sparky, you are brilliant. A great idea and a great painting. You and your mom have great big hearts!


Clover said...

Oh Sparky! What a GREAT idea! I just love the pictures of you painting, and you made a really really nice piece of art! I wish I could afford to bid on it - it's at $100 already, horray!!
I think you could make more money to donate if you made another painting!
Love Clover xo

Clover said...

Sparky - I hope it is ok if I post a picture of you on my blog and tell my blog friends about what a pawesome dog you are. Please let me know if you want me to take the picture down, ok?
Love Clover xo

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi sparky!
oh we are so excited and happy to meet you! youa re an amazing artist with a very big heart!
we are friends of clover's and wanted to come by and say hello!
:) melissa and emmitt

Ruby and Penny said...

Hi Sparky
You are so talented and so thoughtful to be donating the proceeds for your 1st painting to charity.
Love Ruby & Penny

Dozer and Coop said...

Your rock!

Love, Dozer

Ashley said...

Wow Sparky! That is a pawsome idea! I will get some paints for Max asap! What kind of paints do you use? Also, do you use paper or canvas?

Caz and Ludo the cool dude said...

wow your a special dog I hope you raise alot of money this is def a good cause. \i have a award for you on my blog.
Ludo the cool dude

SassyDog said...

Hi Sparky, you are one awesome dog! And quite the painter also! What a wonderful idea to help the Aussies out!

Amber and Nala said...

Sparky, did you auction off your beautiful painting?? Also, what kind of paints did you use, if you don't mind me asking. :) Hope you are having a great week.


Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Congrats on the huge, successful auction, Sparky!
I didn't win but I'm happy!
Congrats to the winner, you deserve the great painting!

JB's Big World said...

That is a wonderful painting and a wonderful cause! You are a good woofie.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hi Sparky,

Sorry I haven't visited for ages - my humans were away overseas and only just got back. Hsin-Yi's father died and Paul's father was in hospital with a nasty thing called cancer - and then while they were away, we also lost Lemon! She died very suddenly in kennels and my humans were really shocked because she was a young, healthy cat. Anyway, so it was quite a sad home-coming. Hopefully, the rest of 2009 will be happier!

Hope you've been well - looking forward to catching up on your news!

Honey the Great Dane

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