Jellyfish in Japan

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…

From the Studio (2)

It’s been a busy few months! But that hasn’t stop this wonderful project from continuing. Art has been dropped in many places, from Australia to New York City, and on planes and trains!

Today was a chance to work on a few more pieces, and here’s another edition of “From the Studio“. A crow, birch forest, and jellyfish. Where will these appear? Time will tell. Stay tuned…

Feather of the North

Hope is the thing with feathers” writes Emily Dickinson.

I have always loved our feathered friends. They are magical animals, seeing the world from the wing, finding small insects among cracks in tree bark, and singing sweet songs. I often draw birds, and a while back I decided that a feather was a suitable thing to paint and share. Here’s the piece just after completion in the studio:

Several weeks ago the Feather was dropped (maybe by me? Maybe by a secret agent…?) at the Yukon Visitor’s Centre, in Whitehorse (Yukon Territory, Canada).

Here’s the drop location (next to the GIANT relief map of the Yukon):

It was found! Hooray! The person who found it wrote to me soon after:

…”I found your feather art at the Yukon Visitors Center in Whitehorse. It’s marked “#27″…. Finding this just makes the trip here all the more special. I am on a trip here, to my childhood home, with my parents. The Yukon has an almost indefinable magic about it. I left 30 years ago, and no place I have been since has ever felt like home. Thank you for adding another element of specialness to this trip down memory lane

Yes, the Yukon is magical.

Yes, feathers bring hope.

Yes, joy is everywhere, you just have to be ready to look for it, and accept it.

It is so fitting that the feather found the right home, and so fitting that it meant something to its finder.

Here’s the feather in its new home:

…As an aside, and for those interested, there have been about 30 pieces leave the studio since the project started in January; the pieces have been dropped around the world, from Australia to England, Canada to Mexico. Three have been reported as ‘found’, although I’m confident all have been found and enjoyed! Of those found, one was reported from the USA, one from Portugal, and now this one, in northern Canada. By all accounts, it is thrilling to have these three stories to share – all my hopes and dreams for this project are being realized! Stay tuned, friends, as there will be many more stories to come…

From the studio

It has been a while since I’ve posted, but rest assured, Found This Art is still going strong. Rumour has it that some pieces have been deposited alongside ‘in flight’ menus in the seat pockets of airplanes. A secret agent also took some pieces to coast of north-east England.

Today, I wanted to share what I’ve been working on in the studio. In my part of the world, spring is in full swing, so tulips are on order. I also noticed a good old-fashioned tire swing on my walk this morning. There is also a ‘water theme’ going on, with fun fish, and a view across a quiet lake. These four pieces are numbers 21 through 24 – so I’m staying on track for about one piece per week.

These pieces, and many others, will soon make their way around the world. Stay tuned!

Portugal Gallery

The stories are developing.

A shell made its way to Portugal, and ended up in a fantastic hotel in Lisbon, called the Gallery House. A very lovely person who works there found the art, and it now has a home on her desk.

The art had special meaning to her. Her mother called her “Concha” which, in English, means shell. In an email to me she writes:

Thank you for giving happiness to me”.

No more words are needed.

To Mexico

Do you see it?

Look carefully….

A secret agent was in Mexico, and dropped a piece of art in a zoomie place:

Journey are important and traveling is fun. Perhaps even more fun when tasked with being a secret agent.

Big thanks to my very special helpers.

World Famous

The project continues. It’s “world famous” now – in the sense of the art showing up at some pretty famous restaurants! In this case, a well-known place called Fran’s – located in Toronto (Ontario), Canada. If you are there for breakfast, the traditional ‘two eggs + bacon’ is a very fine choice.

The drop-off at Fran’s was down in the basement near the washrooms, and here’s a terrible photo showing the secret envelope stuck in a plant:

I’m sure someone found it, and I sure hope they enjoyed what they found. When they opened it up, they would discovered an old barn:

I like old barns. They remind me of growing up in a rural area; the sounds and sights of tractors and farm fields bring back strong memories. Old barns have so much character, and you can always see hints of colour on old barns, whether a red door, rusty roof, or faded white paint on silos. When possible, I try to peek into old barns and look up to the rafters, smell the hay, and glimpse the stalls (imagining workhorses there, making their horsy noises).

It’s always worth pulling off to the side of the road when you see a nice old barn. Take a pause, enjoy the structure, maybe take a photo or two, or maybe sketch or paint what you see. I’m pretty sure that will give you some joy.

The rural life may also remind you about having a big farmer’s breakfast, perhaps a traditional two-eggs with bacon.

Art found in a coffee shop!

Big news, friends.

Art was found. In a coffee shop (somewhere in the eastern part of the USA).

This was piece number four – a mushroom. It was created in January, and dropped by a secret agent in early February.

The person who found it posted a photo on Instagram:

I received an email about it. The message was that the art was found, it brought joy, and offered an opportunity for conversation between a parent and a teenager. These are all good things.

Do you have questions about this project? Don’t hesitate to reach out. And I hope you find some art out there in this big world.

You might ask… what does the mushroom mean?

From my point of view, fungi are silent and helpful partners to so many things. They help trees grow, they help things decompose, and mushrooms can provide little careful homes for other creatures – you can often find small beetles or other critters living in between the gills of some species. Some mushrooms are also tasty to eat (but some are also poisonous, so BE CAREFUL). I hope that next time you are out and about in a forest, and the weather is right for it, you might be lucky enough to spot some lovely fungi. They are everywhere, you know!

Dolphin with a purpose

It’s been over a month since FoundThisArt.com started. Pieces of art have been across the globe already, and have appeared in magical places. Most recently, a dolphin had an adventure. Here’s the art:

It ended up with some relatives, on a bench at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. That’s fitting.

Apparently a few people looked at it quizzically, were intrigued, but weren’t sure they could take it. They could! They could! Finally, a women did stop, look, smile and place the piece into her purse. It made her happy, which is the purpose.

The purpose of a porpoise? First, let’s not confuse porpoises with dolphins. Sure, they are related but they are distant cousins.

I’ve seen dophins several times in my life. They are magical – swift and sleek, smart and savvy. Like so many part of the natural world, they offer inspiration, and joy. They don’t ask for much in return. Just clean water, food and space to swim and play. The least we could do is keep that in mind when we trounce about this planet with a bit too much reckless abandon.

Remember our close relatives in the seas. Remember the porpoises too.