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Friday, March 28, 2014

Wish: A special collaboration to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Collaborating to make a difference

I recently got to know Xiaonan Sun's show, ThePortraitArt after discovering it on Subbable. I was instantly mesmerized. The format is simple: time lapse photography shows him drawing amazingly life-like portraits that seem to magically appear before your eyes. There is no voice-over and each video is accompanied by music that brings the whole experience together. It is the best and most popular art channel on YouTube. Please check it out and subscribe here. I guarantee once you watch one, you'll binge view a bunch more!

Power of light

Each of us has a large audience of loyal passionate viewers so it was a perfect match to combine forces to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We are both passionate about this organization and we both share similar beliefs about the power art and community transforming lives. We each have the opportunity to reach a large number of people and feel it is very possible that we and you together have the power to bring light to at least one child's life who could certainly use a little joy.

The portrait Xiaonan drew perfectly illustrates this theme. It expresses pathos, hope, and inspiration at the same time. A little bit of brightness can make wishes a reality. Whether you are in a position to bid on this art or not, you can apply this simple message to your own life with no cost. Make an effort to bring joy to one person in your life today. You can be that light.

Bid on this art

This is a rare opportunity to own this unique art and support the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the same time. The drawing (20" x 16") is done in charcoals and the frame is made with walnut and padauk woods. Overall size of this piece is 25" x 21". Both the portrait and the frame are signed and dated. Hurry, the auction ends next Friday, April 4.


  1. Once again, thank you for supporting Make-A-Wish.

    I am the father of a wish-receiving child (though through another wish-granting organization) and trust me, these wishes change lives! I've seen it in my own family and I've seen it in other people's lives.

    And thanks for the awesome project!

  2. Steve, I'm always worried when making a frame and only using glue on the joints because of the end grain I've done splines but I don't like to see them. On my next frame I want to try hidden splines. You wanna go first?

  3. Steve, before I retired I was pastor to a family whose little girl was chosen by Make-A-Wish. We were in North Carolina and M.A.W. foundation came down and picked her and both of her parents up and flew them down to Disney World in Florida. All expenses were paid for the entire family. I think M.A.W. foundation is a wonderful and worthy organization. Thank you for helping them out. Let me say also that I really enjoy your videos each week.

  4. Steve can you please make a sketch up or just drawing of the dimensions of the profile (a side cut-away) for the frame it kind of got lost in the video.... and I will send you here even though you already know about Mr. Howarth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AQGsFZUFlo&list=PL970B01046FE0A6EA this framing sled he shows in use in this video seems simpler to get parallel sides... the jig is on my to built list but instead of using the ruler I am going to use Incra T-Track Plus

  5. Any plans available for this frame?