Leonard Cohen, Wintersleep's Paul Murphy, Rush's Alex Lifeson Auction Art for Kidney Research

Leonard Cohen, Wintersleep's Paul Murphy, Rush's Alex Lifeson Auction Art for Kidney Research
If you enjoy original Canadian artwork and want to support a charitable cause, then take note: a number of renowned musicians and other celebrities have contributed paintings to A Brush of Hope, an annual charity campagin spearheaded by the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Among the musicians who have created original paintings for the project are Jill Barber, Hawksley Workman, Wintersleep singer Paul Murphy, Crash Test Dummies frontman Brad Roberts, Amelia Curran, Rob Szabo, Trews bassist Jack Syperek and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson. There's also a limited-edition print from Leonard Cohen, plus paintings from a variety of non-musical folks like Catherine O'Hara and Mike Myers.

These paintings will be auctioned off on eBay between October 20 and 30, so be sure to log onto the site during those dates to support the cause. If you get lucky, you might just come away with a piece of art to hang on your wall. Check out the paintings on Facebook or Flickr.

What makes this auction especially interesting is looking at the vast differences in artistic talent between the participants. Compare, for example, Paul Murphy's "Summertime Dude" (see above) with Alex Lifeson's sunflower field.