Wednesday, March 23, 2011


ATTENTION:  Anyone interested in making donations, please do so via check or money order.  I have removed the PayPal donate link due to complications on there behalf.  To those of you who have donated..........Thank You!  If you havent received them already, all prints are in the mail!  Damn the man!

I have had the situation in Japan on my mind,
as I am sure many others have. In talking about the devastation with others, it became painfully obvious that a lot of people really want to help but they have no surety of
how or to whom they should direct their contributions. So, with that being said, I set out to create this original painting, using water color and one shot. As clearly depicted in this print,
the red circle of Japan’s flag, (which is historically symbolic
of the sun; warmth, and brightness) is being overtaken by the cracks from the outer
edge of the print, (representative of the 9.0 earthquake that triggered the devastating tsunami.) With the final touch being the single tear falling from the heart of a country as a silent cry for help.

The goal in creating this painting was to put together a striking image that would
help keep the plight in Japan at the forefront of our minds, while also creating an avenue for people to donate to help Japan. With the help of C & C Quality Printing, Inc., Imperial House will be offering high quality, signed and numbered, 15” x 20”, limited edition prints.
These prints are available for a minimum donation of $20 and will ship within
2 weeks of donations being placed.

ALL proceeds will be going to a program
called “Socks for Japan”, and the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Together we can help the land of the Rising Sun, rise above this tragic time. Thanks.

You can donate today:
send check or USPS money order to:
c/o Shawn Long
8845 Ridgeview Dr.
Sparta, IL  62286

Once again, ALL proceeds will be going to the relief efforts in Japan.


  1. Excellent, simple and effective; very wabi sabi!

  2. Very cool Shawn. I'm ordering one up now. I've had this on my mind a lot as well.

  3. I sent my Donation and put up a post on my blog, Its been on my mind allot and its actually haunting my thoughts a bit too much.