Art and Love from Me to You

Farm Sanctuary

Painting made for Gene Baur, founder of the Farm Sanctuary. Hundred Thank Yous Gratitude Project.

I love animals of all kinds.  It is crazy how much I do.  When I was little I loved my stuffed animals so much and cared for them like they were my little friends.  In some ways, I suppose they were.  I am a highly sensitive person and I feel things on a deep level.  Especially when it comes to animals.  

Painting made for a teacher that I worked with years ago that I asked why she was a vegetarian. I stopped eating meat that day, got my hands on as many books as I could about the subject and we became dear friends. Hundred Thank Yous Gratitude Project.

Growing up we would go out to dinner on Sundays when my dad got paid.  It was a big deal because we didn’t have a lot of money so dinner was a splurge.  But my parents always wanted to go to Ponderosa Steak House.  I never wanted to eat the meat.  I wanted the side dishes- the potatoes, green beans, corn.   When I begged to make my dinner just the salad bar, my parents wouldn’t hear me.  I remember it causing me terrible anxiety and I would work out a plan that would result in my eating the least possible amount of steak.  

I was young and really clear that I didn’t want to eat animals.  But it would be age 22 before I called myself a vegetarian.  

The painting I made for Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. Hundred Thank Yous Gratitude Project.

I also learned early on that I am not the activist type.  I am more of the hold-the-space-of-love type.  I tried volunteering for animal rights organizations and spreading the word about factory farms.  But I generally avoid conflict so this was super stressful for me!  I also do not believe it is my job in this life to tell others how or what to eat.  But I am so very clear on what is right for me to eat.  

Having a plant based diet continues to be one of the most wonderful things about my life.  It is an act of self-love.

One of the other ways I help animals is to donate.  The profit from this pack of cards goes entirely to the Farm Sanctuary, a beautiful sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY for rescued farm animals.  I love the work of Farm Sanctuary so much that I made Gene Baur, the founder, a painting for my Hundred Thank Yous project (painting is above.)

In other news, I am very grateful to be in a magazine (other than a Stampington Magazine) for the first time!  Kris Carr added my Self-Love Prayer Flags to her list of Top Kitchen Picks for healthy living in Organic Spa Magazine

Have a beautiful weekend!  xoxo 

 

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Kristin Noelle January 25, 2013

    I love this post so much, Lori. Such a sweet, clear glimpse of your heart. Thank you for it.

    • LoriP January 26, 2013

      Kristin! Ahh, thank you so so much. xo

  • rachel awes January 26, 2013

    huge love from your rachel vegetarian friendheart to yours!
    i LOVE all your animal art!!! isn’t the face of a cow DARLING?!
    + your sheep painting! i think i’m going to fall over + pass out
    because it is so touching! loooooooooove!
    + congratulations about the awesome magazine feature.
    i love you so big + i’d meet you at a salad bar anyday, baby! + feast!
    XOXO

    • LoriP January 26, 2013

      Rachel, you are too sweet. I love that you called the cow’s face darling. Yes to salads! lol

  • Jill January 26, 2013

    Lori, I LOVE your cow paintings. I think they are the greatest. They remind me of my grandpa, who was a farmer. Thank you for sharing!

  • Marcie January 27, 2013

    What sweet and beautiful cow faces. there’s something so very gentle about them. Love your ‘art’!!

  • Alana January 29, 2013

    Next time I’m back to Ithaca I’m going to visit the Farm Sanctuary. Maybe you can meet me there?!? 🙂

    I too love this glimpse into your soul. And I’m doing a happy dance about your prayer flags being featured! Yay!!!

  • Anjali January 30, 2013

    This is simply wow! Your love for life, yours and others is so obvious. God bless all animals. God bless you!

  • We are such kindred spirits. I hear EVERY single word your saying and FEEL them so. I WISH we lived closer, I SO need to spend time with a lovely kindred soul like you….ahhhhh. I love you explanation of not being an activist sort but a deep loving sort…that’s so me as well. I gladly send money to PETA, the THS etc and hope that money helps those brave enough to be on the physical front lines. My biggest dream for my business is to have my art help animals.

  • Linda February 2, 2014

    Lori,
    You art is not only vibrant and happy, but obviously from the heart. I love it…

    I stumbled on your work because of my admiration of Gene Baur and his work.

    I became an overnight Vegan after watching “Earthlings” 8 months ago. As most new
    Vegans do, I have since immersed myself in education about our food systems, GMO
    food, all the far reaching animal cruelty, the harm to our planet that we do by eating
    animal products, etc. All the while, I have had a keen interest in supporting the
    animal rights, spreading the awakenings, doing anything to help. And, as a very self-
    taught artist who loved painting cows even before being Vegan, I kept wondering if
    there might be a way to marry the love of animals to the love of art to make a
    difference.

    Bravo to you for doing just that!! I know you must feel very rewarded!! Thank
    you for your work, and inspiring me to move forward with my own dream.

    Linda

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