Recycling for Orange Heart

This is the Recycling for Orange Heart Fund that was started by Richard Phennegher to benefit veterans affected by Agent Orange. I designed logos and banners for this cause. Richard and the Veterans volunteered during the first-week collecting Scrap Metal for the Orange Heart Fund.

Orange Heart Fund 02 Orange Heart Fund 05As we mentioned earlier, Pacific Steel & Recycling said, “this has never been done before.” So there was no book to follow on how to set up such a program. Gordon Lenke has been instrumental in managing the process, A special thanks to Bev Lenke (Gordon’s wife), who took the pictures.

Local farmers are joining in. One brought in six riding mowers. When the weather clears we have been invited to his farm to pick up an old piece of equipment, scrap, etc. Another farmer also donated scrap steel and invited us to his farm when the weather clears. This coming week we will be getting more from businesses that have scrap metal and have committed to help.

For those in the Spokane Area, you can continue going directly to Pacific Steel’s Recycling facility at 1114 North Ralph, which is just North of Trent. If you are coming in via I-90, turn North on Freya and then left (West) on Trent, then in two short blocks turn right (north) on North Ralph. Pacific Steel entrance will be on your right (East). Simply tell the person at the weighing station that your load is for the Orange Heart Fund. That’s it!

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Please keep sending friends, veteran neighbors, and family to the collection locations:

The Trading Company  (1501 East Seltice Way, Post Falls, ID 83854 at the corner of 95 and Hayden.

– Phone (208) 773-3383

Super 1 Foods  (240 West Hayden Avenue #F, Hayden, ID 83835 – Phone (208) 772-5722

The collection area will be staffed by veterans from

7:30 am to 7:30 pm

(Jan 20th-27th, 2015)

We will be checking in with the CDA Tribe on Monday.

Your Scrap Can Help a Vet

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Orange Heart Medal
Your Scrap Can Help a Veteran! This is a story of just how creative and generous business owners can be. 

Steel Recycling Program

While attending his normal business group meeting a steel recycling company executive listened to the speaker explain what was happening with Veterans who had been exposed to Agent Orange. The presentation touched his heart-stirring up a desire in him to take action. He contacted the speaker from the non-profit after the meeting and presented a truly inspirational idea to raise funds. Since then, many more kind hearts have joined the team.

Inland Northwest companies and community groups are joining forces to sponsor and participate in fundraising efforts for the Orange Heart Fund“. You may be wondering what that is. “Orange” in the title refers to the Veterans from Vietnam who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange. “Heart” refers to having a kind and generous heart, it also is closely aligned with the “Purple Heart Medal” awarded to wounded Vets. In the logo, the heart is not purple because it is all about the effects Agent Orange has had on the health of returning Veterans and their families.

The Scrap Metal Recycling Program is a “Grassroots” idea suggested by the Pacific Steel and Recycling plant in Spokane, Washington, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They are setting up collection bins at convenient locations and after processing will donate funds directly to the “Orange Heart Fund”. At this point, it is a pilot program with locations in a limited number of locations in northern Idaho and easter Washington. If this succeeds they are willing to put collection areas at other locations.

The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) members have volunteered to help man the donation sites at Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene Idaho. They are in the process of setting up a volunteer truck brigade to pick up recyclables from people who do not have the means to transport scrap to the donation locations provided. The local Police departments have assured that they will monitor sites. Bin locations are at The Trading Company Grocery Store parking lot in Post Falls 1501 East Seltice Way, Post Falls, ID 83854
(208) 773-3383, and The Super 1 Foods in Hayden 240 West Hayden Avenue #F, Hayden, ID 83835 – (208) 772-5722, future locations include the Kootenai Tribe Casino in Worley Idaho.

This does not sound very impressive until you take a look at their website and see where they are, and how many locations they do have. Pacific Steel and Recycling has more than 30 locations across the Northwest portion of the United States, they spread far and wide. There are offices from Washington to the Dakotas and north to south from just across the border in Canada all the way south to Colorado.

  • British Columbia — 1 location
  • Washington — 5 locations
  • Idaho — 10 locations
  • Montana — 12 locations
  • North Dakota — 1 location
  • South Dakota — 1 location
  • Utah — 3 locations
  • Oregon — 1 location
  • Utah — 1 location
  • Colorado — 1 location

It becomes quite evident that this recycling program could have far-reaching effects on our environment. This could inspire clean-up and environmental consciousness awareness throughout the population of 10 states. Out of the 50 states in our nation, ten states are 1/5, think about that! Would we then be conserving 1/5 more of our natural resources? If 1/5 more the Americans choose to participate in a clean-up effort great improvements could be seen, literally.

A simple idea can change the world. Metal scrap can be cleaned up and recycled to raise funds for Veterans and their sick and disabled children who have been affected by the exposure to Agent Orange. It is amazing to realize that the junk lying around in garages and yards can be collected and donated to help a Vet receive better medical care and assistance with caring for their disabled children.

It is pretty simple to load up the scrap and bring it into one of the Pacific Steel and Recycling locations or to other businesses’ hosting a collection container. The containers will be marked for the “Orange Heart Scrap Metal Recycling Program”. By participating in this recycling effort, we improve things for our back yards, our planet, and our Veterans and it just makes good sense.

Orange Heart Fund

The Orange Heart Fund is a worthy cause assisting veterans and their children who were exposed to agent orange.  Raising funds by recycling scrap metal with help from Spokane WA, Post Falls  & Coeur d’Alene ID —– Pacific Steel and Recycling locations. There should be articles in the papers etc around January 20th to begin it all. I designed logos, banners, and handouts for this cause that should be starting on January 20th.

caring for children affected by agent orange exposure in Vietnam
caring for children affected by agent orange exposure in Vietnam

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Inland Northwest companies and community groups are joining forces to raise funds for the “Orange Heart Fund”a Scrap Metal Recycling Program. Metal scrap can be cleaned up and recycled as a donation to raise funds for Veterans and their children who have been exposed to Agent Orange. Simply bring in your scrap to one of the Pacific Steel and Recycling locations or to other business locations hosting collection containers to participate in this effort. Your recycling donation will earn the funds needed to begin helping these Veterans and their families!

Watercolor a Rhino

To watercolor a rhino, I first need to sketch him holding whatever position he is in.
rhino 01I apply mastic to where I want the whites reserved on the watercolor paper. You can see this as the shiny yellow in this photograph. Then I can begin to apply light glazes or layers of watercolor wash.

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Now Mr. Rhino himself starts to get some shading using blues to imitate a gray skin tone for him in Cartoon Ville.

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rhino 04Grasses and more glazes are applied in the landscape.

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Now I get out the Rapidograph to do some outline and crosshatch inking on this main guy.

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You can see how crowded my drawing desk gets with one of these projects, painting supplies, and many photograph references.

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Here is this image complete.

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Inking a Snake

Inking a snake reminds me of how much I love doing ink work. I use an architectural pen (Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph) to draw these types of images. This snake character is a cylindrical object. He has a texture created by following the elliptical lines around his shape applying row after row of scale. I had forgotten how much I love doing ink work. Check out this SSSSSSSSSSSnake… I can almost hear him hissing. 😉

fun inking texture
fun inking texture
snake and rhino
talking snake


Preliminary Sketching

The preliminary sketching is complete. This children’s book is becoming quite fun! The characters are expressive and I love the African surroundings and wildlife.

pencil sketch ready - approved, and now for the ink
pencil sketch ready – approved

Sketch an African Rhino, “Bummer!” said the rhino. Here is one preliminary sketch of a rhino character for a children’s book drawn out in pencil.

Am beginning this project about a baby rhino. I love looking up the info about the animals, and locations in Africa. There is so much wildlife there. Did you know that there are black rhinos who have a prehensile snout so that they can grab branches and strip the leaves off? And then there are white rhinos that have a wide grass-eating or grazing snout? Ohhhh!!!!! and guess what, they are born without the horns, I bet their moms are saying Yay! about that fun fact!!!

Rhino Sketches

These are the first type of sketches done to begin the illustration process for a new book. As I read through the book I try to envision the character as the animal that he is, but, add some human emotion and gestures too. Like standing on his back legs, or making faces, or even gesturing with his front legs as hands. These all help to tell his story as he travels a desert expanse.


ARTWALK in Newport

Come visit me at ARTWALK in Newport THIS THURS 6-9. Please come and see new art – smaller paintings, prints, and sketches for sale at the ARTWALK  Newport WA. 6/9/2014 I will have un-framed work to help make purchases more affordable. Artists will be in many of the stores on Main Street and there will also be various goodies to taste and drink.

I will be in the North Country Clothing Shop located on the west side of the street across from the Roxy Theatre. The owners are Lynnette Elswich and Holly Baldwin, have graciously set us up for a fun evening in their beautiful shop along with great food and musicians.
129 S Washington Ave, Newport WA 99156, and phone number is 509-447-1022.

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It is also “Date Night” at The Gallery: ERGJ Newport –

30"w x 15"h Watercolor of 2 dinosaurs fighting for a children's book application, tyrannosaurus rex and stegosaurus.
30″w x 15″h Watercolor of 2 dinosaurs fighting for a children’s book application, tyrannosaurus rex and stegosaurus.
15"w x 23"h Donkey in mid sentence telling about Jesus riding him into town.
15″w x 23″h Donkey in mid sentence telling about Jesus riding him into town.