Charity and Painting: 03

Mangoes in My Backyard by Norman Silva

About Project Blue Marble

I am raising money for various environment focused charities by giving away an original watercolor painting each week for 52 weeks. The vetted charities have a great track record of maintaining a laser focus on their prime mission and maximizing their donations. These charities are on the ground, getting their hands dirty, conserving the environment and protecting animals in danger.

Every week, I will post the painting here and on different social media outlets simultaneously. At which time, the post will contain a link to the featured charity. This week’s charity is Amazon Conservation Association. The first person that contacts me, with proof that they have made a new donation to Amazon Conservation Association, wins the painting. There is no minimum amount to donate. It could be as little as one dollar. Or you could donate a million dollars. It is totally up to you. I will ship the painting to the winner free of charge, no matter where you are on Earth.

About this week’s charity

The Amazon Conservation Association is a 501©3 nonprofit organization that is active in Peru and Bolivia. Their directors and staff are experienced ecologists and conservationists. They work to protect biodiversity by studying ecosystems and developing innovative conservation tools to protect land in the region while supporting the livelihoods of local communities. They envision a thriving Amazon that sustains the full diversity of life.

This is their mission:

Our mission is to protect the world’s most diverse landscapes, train the next generation of Amazonian conservationists, and partner with communities to support livelihoods that sustain biodiversity. We conserve the Amazon by protecting state, community, and private lands, by working with governments, by supporting local people to improve their management of natural resources, and by developing conservation solutions. Scientific research guides our approach, and is rooted in our biological stations and field programs in the Andes-Amazon.

About this week’s painting

These mangoes are from my mango tree, purchased from a local nursery and planted in my backyard in 2000 as a 4 foot tall seedling. That local nursery no longer exists, it is now a strip mall, but the tree survived even though it had a very rough first few years. In 2004 it was knocked down twice, first by Hurricane Frances, then a couple of weeks later by Hurricane Jeanne. I replanted it and stabilized it by adding more support cords. We thought that was the end of it, but low and behold in 2005 it was knocked down again by the infamous Hurricane Katrina, as it first made its way through Florida. The cords were no match for that hurricane. Again we thought that was the end of it, but here came Hurricane Wilma in October of 2005 and knocked it down again, stronger cords and all. Thankfully, no more hurricanes have come through and it’s been upright since. Due to its traumatic beginning, it didn’t produce mangoes for many years. It wasn’t until 2013 that it produced a substantial harvest. That 4 foot tall seedling is now over 15 feet tall and produces the largest mangoes I’ve ever seen.

The watercolor painting is on heavyweight (140 lb), acid free, Canson watercolor paper. It measures 9"x12". It is an original and signed.

If you would like this painting, donate to the Amazon Conservation Association and be the first to contact me with proof of the donation. You can e-mail me or message me via Facebook.