Friday, March 30, 2012

Burro Week April 2nd Through 6th

Burros of
Big Bend State Park
Photo by Marjorie Farabee
Used by permission

Starting Monday April 2,  it will be wild burro week on the Mustang A Day Challenge. This is a very special week for wild burros in Texas, as it will be the week leading up to the Wild Burro Rally at the State Capital of Austin in Texas  April 7th.  Wild Burros in Texas are not protected by Federal law, as they are managed by the state of Texas. This last wild heritage herd of Burros in Texas resides on the 330,000 acre Big Bend State Park. The herd has been targeted by some policy makers as an invasive species pest rather than the valued wild herd that helped make Texas history.

I applaud all efforts to preserve this important historical and cultural icon of Texas and the United States in a humane and kind fashion,  so that they might live wild as living treasures of the old west and their contributions to the development of our country as it is today.

As my contribution I will be attempting to complete 5 Watercolors of the Texas Wild Burros during the week of April 2nd, 2012.  The collaborating photographer for this effort is Marjorie Farabee. Prints of these paintings will be on sale through my blog to help raise money for the preservation efforts  of the Last Herd of Wild Burros in the State of Texas . They will go on sale The following Monday Through this blog.

Please Share with your friends. Everyone can participate.

Note you can also Follow  these pages to learn more about the latest efforts surrounding The Wild Burros of Texas: Wild Burro Protection League - operating under Todd Mission Rescue

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spirit Fund Raiser: Helping in a Crisis

 Sprint Fund Raiser: Order Prints here!
  Prints of Spirit ~ Help in this Funding Effort.
Thank you for Helping ! 
Please Scroll Down to read about why I am helping out with this horse and hope to help out with many others.

Full Body print of Spirit
from original painting by
Linda L Martin

About the Painting: The original of this painting was auctioned off on Facebook in a 3 day Auction Begining Tuesday March 27th and Ending on Thursday March 29th at 11:59 Pm on my page  Linda L.Martin Affordable Animal Portraits and Art  Theses signed prints are offered to help with Spirit's on going care. Thank you for your participation you are amazing to help in this effort. ~Linda Martin

If you have any questions about the fund-raiser please email me at and write "Spirit Fund" in the subject line.

Titled American Mustang
in need of a home.
Why  Am I  doing this:

Spirit The Mustang is a fully adopted mustang with a clear title who lived in peaceful quietness on his owner's farm in Delaware for 10 years. During that time Spirit was mostly a lawn adornment and pet. He was released into the pasture, his halter removed and never handled again except for treats and petting. A fine life for a wild horse in adoption you might think. But in reality its a crisis for this beautiful Stallion.

Because Spirit was never handled or trained he is now nearly impossible to place. Because of his lack of training even vetting , the most basic first-aid and grooming are problematic. Now his family must move and cannot take him. The choice is to find him a new home and foster care or put him down. Most people on the East Coast are not equipped to handle an untrained mature stallion. Because Spirit is also a wild horse it makes the situation more complicated. Spirit needs training, he needs basic vetting and hoof care and he needs to be gelded and he needs a home to live out the rest of his life.
UPDATE On Spirit:
Spirit and his son, Arizona were both rescued and taken to Black Hill's Wild Horse Sanctuary this past spring. It took an army of volunteers for each step of the way and a lot of donations to get them there. Now the two and the rest of the small band  of mustangs related to Spirit and Arizona are all living out their lives in Sanctuary.
 You can purchase each print in any number by clicking the
"buy it now button" through paypal.  
You can use a paper check, debit or credit card with out being a member of pay pal.   
A portion of the money from the sale of the prints will be donated to Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in the name of Spirit. ~Linda Martin
Read more about how we are trying to help adopted Mustangs in Crisis through the Mid-Atlantic Wild Horse Project:

Monday, March 26, 2012

We Have a Winner!!

Congratulations Sherry!

How My Giveaways Work

Before I announce the Giveaway I give it a Number or Name that everyone can remember. Such as “20KGiveAway”.  This will be used to tell which giveaway  we are working with.  In this case it was for the giveaway celebrating the 20,000th view on my Mustang A Day Challenge Blog.

The Perimeters:

Usually they are open to everyone but family members. Sometimes people who have won before cannot participate. This is to give new people an opportunity.

Usually I state that there is only one entry per person.
Then I set a time.  Usually 3 days.  Sometimes I will have short  surprise giveaways that last only a few hours.

Venue for Entries:
I usually set at least two venue options for entering in order to keep in compliance with the TOS of Facebook and also to allow people who are not using Facebook and Twitter a way to enter the giveaway.
Usually those venues are dependent on what we are celebrating and who the audience is. If its an Everyday Art giveaway then it would be that venue. Right now all the mustang related giveaways are on my Animal and Pet portrait page.  The second option for entry is always an email address. Occasionally I will also use twitter.

Response Time:
I also set a response time which is usually 48hrs for all winner to respond with their mailing address or  forfeit their award. This keeps it simple for me and them. I will contact those who I am able to through facebook or friends because I want everyone to have their prize.

Choosing What to Giveaway:
Then I choose a prize.  When I first started doing giveaways I was giving portraits; however, that became really hard as people would forget to send in their photos or with horse people sometimes their travel and business precluded them from responding. Now I  try to put together specialized unique signed prints before they are released for sale to the public.  What makes them even more unique is that they are also remarked with the giveaway name.


Announcements for giveaways  and the particular for that give away is usually announced first on the corresponding blog. Then posted on the page on Facebook and shared on my Facebook personal page and other pages that might have an interest. It is also shared on Twitter.

How the Drawing Works:

Each entry is logged and verified. On Facebook the verification is a checked “like” for the comment.  For Emails a response is sent stating that the entry has been received. If you don’t get a response email your name wasn’t entered.  So it might not have been received.

When the entries are closed each name  on the verified list  is assigned a number  from one to how many the final number of  verified entries are. 
The numbers are then put on small pieces of paper and triple folded to make them heavier. Then all the numbered papers are dropped into a little plastic container with a lid. The lid has a hole in the top. When its time to do the drawing the container is shaken then tipped so that  a piece of numbered paper will fall out. The first piece of numbered paper out of the container is the winner. Each runner up  or second chance winner is chosen the same way.  It’s not very high tech,  I know  however,  it is very fair to all entries.

Announcing the Winner.

The winner is announced on the same blog that the giveaway was announced on. Then that blog is shared on all the venues the original announcement was made on.   If the winner doesn’t respond in 24 hours I contact them so they can provide me with the correct name and mailing address to receive their gift.

This is one of the most fun things I do and it gives everyone an opportunity to own a piece of my art  even if they cant find a place in the budget to purchase an original.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Celeberating 20,000 Views!

We hit 20,000 Views on the Mustang A Day Challenge Blog. 
Help me Celebrate!
As a thank-you I am giving away a special double print  I  call this one Father and Son.
Its signed too.

How to enter
simply  write in
on my page
email me at

Entries welcome from 9:00 Am 3/24/2012 and end Midnight 3/25/2012. 
Winner will be announced on Monday 3/26/2012

Dont forget to Share with your friends!

Monday, March 5, 2012

And The Winners of the 700 Give Away Are:

Congratulations to all the three winners.
The next giveaway will be when the Blog views for the Reach 20,000!
Thanks to everyone who participated. ~Linda

Friday, March 2, 2012

Come Celebrate.. Enter my giveaway!

I’ve reached 700 “likes” on my Facebook page and I would like to celebrate!

The celebration is open to everyone and anyone.. well, except family.

What you will Receive if your name is drawn:
I was digging through some of my older work and found this really sweet painting of a Buffalo Cow and her new calf. Ive printed it out as a 8.5 by 11 inch print and it is signed  by me. Be one of the first 40 people to enter and you might be the winner of this print.


 The Give away Entries are open at noon on Friday March 2, 2012   And Close at Midnight Saturday March 3,2012  Drawings will be made on Sunday evening and Announced on Monday. ( depending on the weather of course)

How to enter:
 Type in the word: 700GIVE

Where to Enter: You may enter in one of three ways:   My News Blog, in the comment section for this posting for the giveaway,  on  My Facebook Page or send me an email. Each is dated so it will tell me when you entered.

My Facebook page:
My News Blog:
My Email:   Please Writer "700Give" in the Subject line. I will confirm your entry via email

One entry per person please.
Once the name is drawn the winners have 48 hours to respond or the runner-up will be awarded the item.

There will also be two special Closed Give Away Winners To Be Announced on Monday March 5th

Winners will be announced here, on Twitter and on my Facebook Page.  So Tell all your friends!! Gosh I love to give stuff away!!!!