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Drawing A Day #1: The glass half full

Thirty years ago, my sister and I were endlessly drawing murals of mermaids or farm animals on multiple sheets of folding dot-matrix printer paper.

One year ago, we found out that our Dad has Stage 4 colon cancer in his liver and lungs. He has been undergoing chemo since August.

Now, my sister and I are returning to our collaborative roots to hold an ongoing fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). We will take turns creating and posting a Drawing A Day (weekdays only) — hence, “The D.A.D. Project” — then selling them as prints online, with $10 per sale going directly to the CCS. This blog will likely serve as therapy and healthy distraction, and hopefully also as inspiration for us and maybe others too.

Without further ado, the very first D.A.D. — The glass half full:

This is what came of brainstorming about the word ‘launch’, and the power of optimism.

Our illustrations will be output as archival-quality giclée prints that will fit in an 8 x 10 frame. We will have them printed as they’re ordered; this will save on both overhead costs and paper.

We’d love to hear from you as we work on our project: feedback about the project or specific drawings, questions, advice, anecdotes, or even just a simple ‘hello’… and we especially invite suggestions for words or turns of phrases that you’d like to see us tackle.

Until the next!

Emily , , , ,

  1. June 7th, 2010 at 16:34 | #1

    Oh my Emily and Serena, I had no idea about your Dad. My pops was diagnosed with cancer last year also. Hugs!

    What a wonderful thing you are both doing. I wish you all the success in the world.


  2. Anna
    June 7th, 2010 at 16:36 | #2

    This is really wonderful, ladies! Best of luck. I’m sure you’ll bring in lots of sales and donations. Stay positive.

  3. Jen
    June 7th, 2010 at 18:59 | #3

    What a fabulous idea! I can’t wait to see what comes out of you two creative Chen sisters!

  4. MC
    June 7th, 2010 at 19:13 | #4

    For the technically challenged, how do we buy those collectibles?
    Great idea.

  5. June 7th, 2010 at 21:24 | #5

    Holy smokers, what a great idea. You two are just sweet geniuses.
    I’m already thinking, “Baby’s room!” with Glass Half Full.
    Can we donate more than the (way-too-low) suggested price??!!

  6. June 7th, 2010 at 21:24 | #6

    What a fantastic project and a truly terrific fundraising initiative. I will keep my eye on your daily works. You are both so wonderfully talented that I am sure this venture will be a huge success.

  7. June 8th, 2010 at 16:14 | #7

    What a wonderful and creative way to support your dad and cancer research. Your pops must be so proud of his darling daughters.

  8. Cathy Bennett
    June 8th, 2010 at 16:33 | #8

    Hi Emily, I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s cancer. I think what you and your sister are doing is inspired and uplifting. I am sure you dad is very proud!

  9. June 9th, 2010 at 12:57 | #9

    Thanks so so much, everyone!

    Since you’re in Ottawa and not on etsy, we can skip the online shopping and the shipping/handling. Just drop a line and we can figure it out!

    We just added more info on our About page about how to purchase prints, btw, but since we’ll probably have coffee one of these days, we may as well do it in person!

  10. Robina
    June 9th, 2010 at 15:56 | #10

    Em – I didn’t know about your dad :( I know way too many people with colon cancer, my dad being one of them – he was diagnosed almost 5 years ago. We are one of the lucky ones as it was caught early and he only required surgery to remove the tumour. With luck he’ll get the word this summer that he’s offically cancer free.

    I look forward to seeing your drawings and I will do my best to spread the word.

    Hugs to you and your family!

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