Saturday, 19 March 2011

Something for Japan and Something for Me

A few days ago, my daughter asked me about earthquakes and why they're happening everywhere around the world. She asked me if the earth is mad at us for not taking care of it and what would happen if  the whole world is shaken. Would we all die? Wow, the things that burden the mind of a seven year old today just blow me away. Unlike the old days when all I thought about was what games I was going to play after school and waited for the evening to come so I could watch the next episode of Scooby Doo. Such irony never really settles. Like bad indigestion.

So for the people of Japan, I pray for their safety and speedy return to their normal way of life. As people always say every little bit counts, I'm donating a portion of each sale from these prints in my Etsy shop.

You can also help donate for Japan by purchasing items from the shops of Etsy ARTIST AID team. And despite of some people showing bad opinions of this disaster online because of events in the past, it's just good to know that so many of us still care. Honestly, people. A grudge can bring out something a lot worse than bad indigestion.

Well anyway, a little happy talk now. I don't think I'll ever tire myself from saying how kind blogging has been to me. So many great people to meet and lovely friends to have. One of them, I met over a year ago by chance. A fantastic writer with so many interesting stories to tell, Leah Marie Brown, at her fantastic blog, On Life, Love & Accidental Adventures. Her passion and extensive knowledge of Marie Antoinette and the life that evolved around her in the 18th century were the things that brought me to a halt at her blog. And that she shares her fascinating experiences from her travelings around the world makes it even easier for me to keep coming back. As it happens, she has been very generous to include a little snippet of myself and my work on her blog. It was like having a chat over a hot cup of coffee and delicious pastries, which apparently we both seem to go weak for. Thank you Leah, for the wonderful chat and the chance to reveal a little bit of myself on your blog. :)

I hope you are all having great days and keeping love in your heart.

Amalia, oxx


  1. Beautiful post Amalia. It is sad that there are people so miserable with their own lives that they can show no compassion for others when a natural disaster strikes.
    I listen to WWOZ out of New Orleans, and they were doing a shout out for help for Japan due to the amount Japan helped *them* when our own country turned a blind eye.
    Treat all with Love and the world would be so much better.....


  2. This is a wonderful thing you are doing. I love Japan and its people and culture. I read today that the donations for Japan are coming in far slower than the donations raised for other recent disasters such as Haiti. Some of it may be because Japan is not an impoverished nation. Some of it may be because of a grudge. Whatever reason, I am heartbroken. We are one world, and we are all connected.

    I loved your interview, by the way! Come over any time. We shall have fresh pastries with cream!

  3. Lovely pieces and wonderful sentiment!

  4. so lovely that you are offering donations to Japan through your art, it is a hard and sad time for so many!

    I look forward to seeing your interview. So lovely to see all these arts lined up, your work is gorgeous.

  5. Such beautiful offerings, Amalia. It is wonderful to see so many doing so much good. :) Congrats on your lovely interview! Theresa

  6. Ah what a different world we lived in. My childhood was filled with drills for earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, typhoons. We had floods and tidal waves. Natural disasters were a way of life. I don't think anyone will ever be used to the pain, misery, suffering and loss. That is what is so egalitarian about natural hazards and disasters. No one is spared. In these calamities, the rich and poor die in the same manner. Maybe the rich may be spared as they may be vacationing in their winter or summer homes in the mountains.

    Have you ever noticed how beautiful the art of Hiroshige appears in print? They were of tsunamis. He made them look so beautiful. The truth about disasters - there is nothing beautiful about them.

    There is no filter for death, pain and suffering. We are all equal in these regards.

  7. These are some of my favorite pieces Amalia. My daughter used to be afraid and worry about possible catastrophes too. She was all about the "what if"

  8. Selamat malam! My dear Amalia, you are generous and compassionate as always! The beauty of your art will help, I'm sure! I'm still shocked by this devastating tragedy and pray for Japan and its incredible people, worthy of admiration for its high spirit and moral...
    I read your interview with a great interest - it was really nice to learn something more about you and your life!:)
    I hope you are already feeling better! Say "hello" from me to your clever sweet daughter and tell her not to be afraid! Our children grow up so quickly and a moment comes when we find out with surprise that they are not "that" little any more...oxx

  9. Great way to contribute to these lovely people during such an enormous crisis ~

    Off to look at your interview...

    Smiles and hugs

  10. Beautiful stunning work Amalia and such a generous donation. The Japan disaster has touched so many lives here too. :) I'm now off to follow the link to your interview.xx

  11. You have such a big heart Amalia, always thinking of others and how to benefit the world.

    I read your interview by the way, it was lovely to know more about you and your art!

  12. God bless you Amalia! You have the heart of an angel, the compassion of a saint and a talent that surpasses both. We are all brothers and sisters in this thing called life. I’m glad that there are ones such as yourself with compassion and love that can reach out to our hurting fellow man. Amalia.... You ROCK. I’m heading over to Leah’s right now to check out your interview.

  13. Dusk at dawn is abbsolutly amazing , and how great of you to support the people through your artwork.
    It is unberable what the japonese people go through

  14. Beautiful work and beautiful generosity and compassion.

  15. I'm praying for Japan, and I'm praying for you go on drawing and sharing your work and your beautiful soul with us.

  16. Amalia - aka Friend with the beautiful spirit -

    Thank you so much for granting me an interview. It was, indeed, like sitting down to a cup of hot chocolate with an old friend.

    You mentioned our many commonalities and now I learn you, too, share a love for the people of Japan and a sadness over their current plight. Your images are stunning and you capture the bauty of that land.

    I posted an article about my adventures in Japan, complete with photos I took of the amazing people I met. When (if) you have a free moment, take a look at them. I think you will enjoy seeing their faces.

    Again, thank you for your graciousness and friendship.

    All the best...

  17. Hot Damn Amalia! Can I say that? How are you? Hope you is good. Some people write "Hope you 'are' good."

    But 'are' is a cumulative verb, which you stick with things like 'we'. Or 'youse' as in Hope 'youse' are good."

    So it follows that, 'you' being the singulare form of 'youse' should be attached to 'is.'


    So I hope 'youse' are good!

    from oz

  18. Hello sweet! Thinking of you. Tsup!

  19. I just found your blog, and I love your art! Especially how you are helping Japan in their time of great need. These are beautiful! :D Thank you for sharing them with us :)


  20. Dusk at Dawn.
    One of your strongest pieces ever.
    Not the concept as much, as the value structure, texture and composition.
    it evokes more than you've given us.


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