I’ve been busy, but also finding a bit of time for some art. I decided to take a leap and include some artwork of people in my project. I have always been uncomfortable sketching, drawing, or painting people. To my eye they always look funny. The wrong proportions, off-kilter, or just weird. But I also know that we are our own worst critic. So, what the heck, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Here are a few from the studio, and these (along with a few other pieces) are on their way to a coffee shop in San Francisco! Safe Travels, Art!
Things are moving… As I wrote last week, things have shifted with Found This Art. And, in the mail right now are two packages, one heading to a coffee shop in Iceland and another to a place called Strauss, in Brisbane, Australia. How exciting! Stay tuned for more news once these packages travel to their destinations.
It’s a difficult time for so many, and the pandemic continues to have us in its grip.
This project, as you know, is about being a global community, and it is about joy and hope and optimism. I was pretty rattled when my part of the world went into lockdown (soon after a piece of art was dropped off and found in Montreal). I couldn’t do art, and couldn’t find ways to be creative given the fear, anxiety, and worry that was so intense and startling. It’s taken me many months but I have now found some time and space to get the sketch book out. And while things are still grim, it’s time to get cracking again.
However, this project needs to be reimagined. People are not travelling (nor should they!) yet this project was set up in a way for art to travel around the world.
Here’s my idea for phase two of Found This Art:
I am going to mail some pieces to coffee shops around the world, and ask the owners to drop a piece of art on a table, or maybe stick it in with someone’s order. Maybe some people will find the art, and that will put a smile or their face. Or maybe the barista can stick up a piece of art on their wall somewhere for people to enjoy. What do you think?Do you know of a great coffee shop who would be game to take part? Is it in Australia? Maybe Spain? What about Iceland, or Nairobi? Let’s do this.
Big news from a fabulous Canadian city*… the 58th piece of art was dropped in Montreal and it was found (or “trouvé“)!
This was a “thumbnail landscape” – a small winter scene with a wee cabin and trees. It was dropped by a secret agent on a bench in a fitness center in the downtown area:
The finder of this little piece was delighted, and she tweeted her discovery later in the day! …although it seems to have migrated from the bench to a nearby window sill (Yes, everyone, we have a twitter account)
And this little winter scene was posted up on a bulletin board in its new home:
Once again, it seems this very fun project has brought some joy into someone’s life, and that’s the whole purpose.
The world is a tough place with so many stressful things happening. I believe firmly that art can connect us, bring us happiness, and keep us grounded during difficult times.
Please be kind and spread joy whenever you can.
*another piece of art was found a while ago in a different and equally fabulous Canadian city – here’s the story!
Earlier this month a very special secret agent recently dropped piece #38 at the Seven Stars Bakery in Providence, Rhode Island (the Hope Street location). The piece was carefully placed on the condiment table, as seen in this photo, here:
I’d like to visit this bakery sometimes – apparently it is one of the best.
The day after it was dropped, I received a note from the person who found it, who is named Joy.
“I found painting #38 dated October 2019 at the Seven Stars Bakery on Hope Street Providence, RI. I saw it sitting on the service station and assumed someone was coming back for it. After it had been sitting there for awhile I picked it up and turned it over and saw that it was probably left there intentionally. I love it so much, it brought such a smile to my face and now lives on my shelf where I can see it everyday. Thank you!”
You are MOST welcome, Joy!
And it is so fitting that this bakery is on Hope street.
I had some fun over the holiday season, and prepared six pieces to share around the world, including ones featuring mountains, trees, birds, and trilobites. It’s the first edition of ‘from the studio’ for this year!
The craggy trees was inspired by an old painting in my parent’s house when I was growing up – I believe it was in my Father’s “den” (which was essentially a room with his slides, paperwork, a desk, and a bookshelf containing various interesting titles on all kinds of things, including ships, natural disasters, and field guides – you can never have enough field guides!). I recall a piece of art on his wall that depicted warped trees emerging from steep mountains. There is something amazing about the ways tree roots find their way among the rocks to the smallest patches of soil. They persist.
There’s also something special about birds on a wire. Sometimes when I drive home from the train station after work I can see a nice row of our feathered friends on the overhead wires. They are often pigeons, but I’ve also seen starlings there, and sometimes I can’t quite make out the species because the silhouettes just don’t provide enough clues. So, this wee painting of three birds can be whatever species you wish it to be.
So there you have it: Six pieces to start off 2020. Keep your eyes out, folks, you just might come across one of these when you are out on your own adventures. Let me know if you find one!
I know it’s hard to believe, but Found This Art started one year ago! It’s been a fabulous year for the project: the 52 pieces of art found their way to 14 different countries, from North America, to Europe, Australia to Thailand. I must give a HUGE thanks to the amazing secret agents (’cause I sure didn’t travel to 14 different countries this year….)
This map shows the countries that become home for the Art (depicted by the dots), and the three countries were Art was found (blue dots).
I’m sure you have many questions, but perhaps the one that is top-of-mind is this: will the project continue? Well, friends, that’s an easy one to answer: OF COURSE IT WILL. It’s been so much fun to do this project, and a great adventure for me, my secret agents, and I know it has brought much joy to many people, around the world.
Please, everyone, keep an eye out for pieces of art – whether on a table of a coffee shop, maybe in an airport, on a plane, or on the back of a golf cart. The art is everywhere, waiting for you.
And Happy New Year too! I’m forever grateful that you are following along and taking part in Found This Art.
The first year of this project is drawing to a close (how do you like that pun….?).
I’ve just finished the final set of art pieces, so here’s the latest from the studio. I’ve been having fun making ‘small things’ – essentially thumbnail art. These are all done in watercolour (with some pen work on some), and they are all small (the pencil in the photo offers scale).
Small things are fun, and nice. It will also be fun and nice to see these small pieces make their way out in the very big world. Let’s see who finds them!
A little while ago I wrote about some of the recent pieces of art that left the studio – and I can now happily report that one of these pieces (a jellyfish, done in watercolor) has had a VERY big adventure, and was dropped off by a special secret agent in a hotel bar in Japan!
Here’s the proof:
I want to take a pause and give a big shout-out to my friends and family who have been helping move pieces of art around the world (soon some pieces will travel to Thailand and China which is *most* exciting!!).
Thanks for following along! Stay tuned for more adventures…