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HARVESTING HOPE

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After a long absence…

I’m back. And I’ve been busy. One of the projects I’ve been working on is for one of my absolute favorite organizations in divine Providence, Southside Community Land Trust. They create tiny farms all throughout the city, teaching folks how to grow and take their goods to market. Their annual fundraiser, Harvesting Hope is tomorrow night and I have four drawings that will be auctioned off to help them keep up this green work. Each drawing is one of four pollinators: monarchs and swallowtails, hummingbird, bumble and honey bees, and blue and sunbirds. Little creatures that help feed us. And it just so happens that they are all breathtakingly beautiful, so how could I not draw them?? The best news is that you can bid onlinehere. Take a look and at the very least learn a little about SCLT.

MINI ART!

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blinkminishowIt’s been  an unusual year that has had me tied up in knots, but I’m back with tons of work, ready to post. Starting with  Mini Art at the Blink Gallery in Newport, RI. I have three (now down to 2 as one is already gone) mini originals in the show. It’s only up and available until January8th, so you should probably get in the car now.

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A LOVELY DAY FOR A SIDEWALK SALE

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Yesterday was just lovely. We spent the day on our favorite street with some really talented folks. I’m looking forward to the Providence Artisan markets this summer at Lippitt Park with a tent to trick out with a million paper flowers and driftwood.

FOXY FOXPOINT

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Spring has finally shown its face and with it came a flurry of activity. Collaborations, makers fairs, new ideas, and a Gallery Night hosting. This wacky, dysfunctional little town has such amazing and talented people doing fantastic things…it’s what keeps us from jacking up the house and rolling it into the sea. One place you can see some of our wonder is the Makers & Merchants Sidewalk Sale this Saturday on Wickenden Street. Come visit our tiny corner of the world- shop, eat, and wish you lived here too! (Chicken and Kiwi will be available in special mini sizes)

STRANGE LITTLE DINOSAURS

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A few more therapy birds… I love these strange little dinosaurs. The little kiwi has a fan club of his own,  I might make a few mini prints of him for the Wickenden Street fair coming up in April.

LE POULET

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MOLLUSCA

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This guy is part of a collaboration with my favorite print house, iolabs. Mollusca and Wood Slice are available to purchase as prints in their Curio shop. There is a second phase of this project coming soon that I am super excited about. For all those “does form-follow-function or does function-follow-form” types, stay tuned.

FRIZZLE

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frizzle_blogDo you have any idea how many ridiculous breeds of chickens there are??!

EVERYONE WILL WANT A SILKIE CHICKEN

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So far, 2016 can move along. It’s brought its share of black clouds and anxiety. And I realized that it was starting to show in all the tight little lines I was drawing. Not that I will ever give up my obsession with repetition and the poetry of said lines- but I needed to free up my hand a bit and get loose.  That’s where the Silkie chickens come in. Ridiculous muppets that couldn’t be more fun to draw. And now my kids want one. They are part one of drawing therapy.  Lines, lines, inky splotchiness and breeeeathe…

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BODY SCHEMA

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I recently read an article about how inanimate objects or even other people can become extensions of our own body when used enough. It’s the theory of “body schema” or the mental awareness of how we move through space- sort of like the 3rd eye version of a cat’s whiskers. It describes how after using a tool for an extended period of time, you begin to see or feel the edges of that object like you would with your own fingers.

Exactly how I feel when I’m drawing- probably most artists would say the same. You become so focused on the lines, or the act of drawing or painting, paying almost no attention the the physical pen.  There are times when I’m so engrossed that I feel like I’ve grown tentacles or antennae, reaching out to the universe. It’s a little unnerving, very meditative and all comforting.

I grew up dancing and am still a total ballethead. This article begins by spotlighting the Tango and the three minutes that the two dancers are moving together with one brain. Watching my friends dance at Festival Ballet Providence, I am made aware of how true that is. Moving sculpture responding to each other as naturally and as fluid as breathing. Ballet is one of the few art forms that is performed almost exactly as it was hundreds of years ago. Century old stories still being danced, and it’s about as gorgeous as any human can strive to be.

And that was the looong way around to explain these pieces. They were made for FBP during their performances of The Firebird and Afternoon of a Faun. They are a bit different from my usual style…

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