Red Poppies, Art for Medical Research

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I’m honored to present this lovely painting of brilliant red poppies by Austin based artist, Katrina King.

This lovely piece is painted on an 8″x8″ gesso board and is ready to brighten up your day!

Many thanks for Katrina for donating this original artwork to Knox’s shop for CS research. All proceeds from the Etsy shop go to research for Cockayne Syndrome.

You can read about my little boy, Knox, who had CS here.

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To purchase this gorgeous painting please click over to the shop! All proceeds from this shop go to medical research  for Cockayne Syndrome– a rare genetic disease causing premature aging in children.

 

Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!  ~Scarlett

“Kill The Disease”-Using a Gun in Art

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Photograph: Standard range target, Permanent marker,  Glock 43,  9 mm pistol.

To learn more about Cockayne Syndrome and how you can help, please visit Share and Care Network (US) or Amy and Friends (UK) for more information.

 

I’ve been thinking about art and media.  With all the talk of gun control in the news lately, it’s hard to avoid the question: To what extent are artists influenced by political agendas?

I know my choice to use a gun in this piece may set people off, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take.  February 1st will mark 2 years since my little boy was killed by mutated genes.

Many artists have used controversial imagery in the name of social justice or progressive ideals. But that’s not what I’m doing.

The target is the canvas. Bullets are the medium.  Shooting is the process.

No liberal agenda here. No conservative agenda, either.

It’s an accurate reflection of my feelings about Cockayne Syndrome and what it did to my son.

And what it’s doing to children all over the world that I love deeply.

There were no other materials that could’ve made this image as powerful. As accurate.

Honestly, it felt good to shoot up the name of this disease.

I drew my gun to draw my pain with bullets, to process the agonizing loss of my son.

What about political agendas in the arts?

I’m confident those truly devoted to freedom in the arts and progressive ideals will understand my process and embrace the way in which I choose to express myself.

 

 

Little Turtle in a Castle


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Last summer, I visited a very special friend of mine in Wales.  He has Cockayne Syndrome, like my little Knox did, and he lives in a lovely castle by the sea with his family. I love him very much and painted this turtle painting for him to celebrate the special bond our families will always share.  Notice the Welsh and Texas flags flying together from the tip of his toy castle!

This is the 4th turtle painting I’ve done for CS children around the world. You can see the one I painted for angels in California, Germany, and France.

Turtles remind me of my little boy~I paint these with his memory in my heart and send them out with my love.

The painting was created on an 8″ x 8″ wrapped canvas.
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The details for the banner were taken directly from the banner in his room.DSCF3649
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And this little bear was in his stroller.DSCF3694

Love from the Lone Star State, USA!
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Painting this tiny red dragon for the Welsh flag was tricky. I had a photo on my phone to guide me, but then I realized I had to paint it backwards since I put the flag poles on the right hand side!  DSCF3667

 

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Sending all my love across the ocean today to my precious little friend and his family in Wales, UK.

I love you, Thomas ~Scarlett (Knox’s mom)
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Happy 5th Birthday, Knox

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Knox is celebrating his 5th birthday in Heaven today, and we miss him.

We were priveleged to attend the release of 130 newly hatched Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles early yesterday morning.  A crowd gathered along the Padre Island National Seashore and volunteers stood ready to keep the babies safe from seagulls.

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More volunteers held up netting for extra protection from birds.  They had hatched just a few hours before sunrise in an incubator at the science center and then they were transported to the nesting ground.  As soon as they were set upon the sand, they began to head for the ocean.
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We were told their chances of survival are very slim, so ensuring they make it into the ocean gives them a better chance.  The volunteers stand at the ready until the very last turtle has safely reached the sea. Once they reach the water, they are on their own…
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As we watched the turtles struggle toward the sea, we were reminded how fragile life is.  They reminded me so much of Knox–small and physically vulnerable, but incredibly strong in spirit.

Here’s  a sandcastle for you, Knox.  We wish you could’ve been here with us, to play in the sand and feel the breeze…
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We love you and miss you ~ We wish you a happy birthday and will always celebrate your beautiful life and the priceless time we had with you.

“Short was my life, the longer is my rest,
God takes those soonest whom he loveth best,
Who’s born today, and dies tomorrow,
Loses some hours of joy, but months of sorrow.
Other diseases often come to grieve us,
Death restrikes but once, and that stroke doth relieve us.”

-Anonymous

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