100 Paintings: DONE!

I have OFFICIALLY painted 100 paintings for my Knox! I feel very accomplished. Thanks again to everyone who ordered. I have a few more paintings to complete that are also a part of the campaign and I will post them once they are done. #100paintingsforknox was a huge success!

 

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Thank you!

 

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I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who shared our story, purchased a painting or donated to our campaign. I started the #100paintingsforknox campaign because I knew I had to do something. My son has autism and needs interventions now. What we can offer him today is only possible because of this campaign. He is getting the attention and care he needs. I am completely overwhelmed with love and gratitude. I still can’t believe I did it! I sold over 100 paintings! I have endlessly cried happy tears. 

So, I will end with this. We have hope for Knox and his future. He has already shown great progress, and this is only the beginning of the journey. This is the best thing I have ever done. I have seen humility at its finest. I have heard many stories of hope and I have met wonderful people. I am proud that I created something that will have a lasting effect on so many, including myself.  If I have to, I will do it all again!  We are going to continue doing what we need to do for our son. Thank you for being a part of it.

Margaret

JULY: UPDATE

I am back to update you on our #100paintingsforknox campaign.

WE HAVE 86 ORDERS! YAY! I have painted about 60 paintings so far. I have a few weeks of summer left and I will be working hard to fullfill the orders I have as soon as possible. Knox is doing amazing. He is very happy at school and is getting all the help he needs. Thanks to all of you for your help with this campaign. We are almost there!

For more info and to read our story:

https://margaretspaintings.com/2018/05/01/100-paintings/

 

 

100 PAINTINGS

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Today is the start of my 100 PAINTINGS campaign. The goal is to sell 100 PAINTINGS before the deadline of July 31st. My motivation for the campaign is my son Knox. I will be blogging and documenting our progress through my website.

In January our son Knox was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Since the diagnoses we have been working to help Knox through therapy and early interventions. So far, this experience has been humbling. We have met wonderful people along the way. There have also been moments of sheer panic and anxiety. A lot of moments when you question why this is happening. Will he get better? What will our future look like? Then of course Knox does something truly amazing, like blurting out his first sentence without our help. It is in these moments that we are uplifted and our worry starts to disappear. Knox is incredible and has done so well. He meets new people on a regular basis now. He has had evaluation after evaluation and at first what seemed to be very uncomfortable has turned into a routine for him. He’s quite the social butterfly.  Knox has people smiling when he greets them and he blows kisses on his way out the door. They love him!

Knox has been at home for the past 5 months and our search for a new school has begun. We found a wonderful program at the JCC in Houston called STARS. This is an early childhood intervention program designed to enable preschool children with special needs. Knox will get speech, language therapy and the occupational therapy that is recommended for him. He will also be integrated into a traditional preschool classroom over time. We are thrilled! Although financial aid has been made available to us, we need a little more help to offset the cost of tuition. Autism is treatable and we have hope that Knox will just keep improving. We have already seen improvement. Children with autism do progress, but early intervention is key! We know that this is the right place for Knox to get what he needs at his age.

Those of you who know me personally know that I am a painter. More specifically, I am a painter of pet portraits. I have also been teaching art for ten years. Summer is coming and I have been looking for work. In my mind I envisioned a job that would help us through this. On my search, I realized and asked myself, “Why not do what is completely natural to me?” And so, this is where my 100 PAINTINGS Campaign started. This will support one of the most important causes I have ever supported, our Knox. One of the most meaningful goals I have ever had. I have never been so motivated!

So, what are the many ways you can help:

  • Buy a painting
  • Donate money for supplies
  • Donate directly to the cause
  • Share this with friends
  • Pray for our family

Something cool happens when you share your story. You find people who have similar experiences. People become more understanding, compassionate and you find people who want to help in any way they can. We have seen this firsthand. We are grateful to everyone who has helped us so far. We know that Knox will do great things.  On behalf of my husband Mike and myself, thank you for taking the time to listen.

With gratitude,

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Private Art Lessons

I am now offering private lessons!

Drawing, Painting , Journaling  and Mixed Media Techniques

I can create a lesson plan specifically to your interests and needs!

I teach all ages. Private lessons are priced at an hourly rate. You may have up to 4 art students in this lesson.

Prices:

1 Student=$50

2 Students=$70

3 Students=$90

4 Students=$110

Contact me for availability/questions: margaretalvarez2010@yahoo.com