For the next seven days, you can view and bid on ebay for artwork by some of my favorite artists. They have created and/or donated work inspired by my dog, Praxis. Most of these artists have met Praxis, or know how much he’s meant to me, and donated their time and talent to my effort to raise funds to pay for Praxis’ chemotherapy and other medical bills after he was diagnosed with lymphoma in May 2008.
I’ve held on to these for a while, maybe too long, and I only kind of know why. Since the diagnosis, I’ve been in a strange state trying to wrap my head around losing a loved one to an illness like cancer. You have to accept that there’s no cure, and that treatment can buy you time, but there’s never a guarantee of quality of life, and certainly no sense of how long that time will last. Engaging in this artwork, all of it capturing some part of Praxis and my love for him, brings that home for me… and I’m not always strong enough to find a way to deal with the loss that’s looming ahead. I think part of me also wants to keep it all!! Each piece is so fantastic… truly. This is a talented bunch and I’m incredibly lucky to have these folks as friends. This is an exciting time in my life. This is the first time I’ve had so many creative friends who are successful in their endeavors and inspire the same in others.
The work ranges from oil paintings to gooco prints and is a diverse collection of talents and styles, and 10% of the proceeds will go to The Magic Bullet Fund to help other pet owners find funds for expensive cancer treatments. It’s a terrible feeling to have… to not be able to afford something that can help an animal you’ve loved and cared for. It made me feel powerless and disloyal. That was afwul, and I hate to think of anyone being in that position.