It’s been a while since I have given updates, but Found This Art remains busy, busy busy! Art has recently been dropped in northern Canada, as well as the historic seaside village of Lunenberg, in Nova Scotia, and in hotel lobby in a small town in New Brunswick.
I also managed to find a friend who was travelling to Far Away Places, including Vietnam and Cambodia. Let’s call this friend of mine Clara (which may or may not be her real name!). Clara recently sent me some photos of the places some art was dropped:
This was in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), at a cafe. I just love how Clara had the fish peek out from behind the vase. Here’s the original, if you are interested to see what it looks like:
Clara also left a very small piece in the lobby of a hostel in Siem Reap, in Cambodia. Can you find it in the photo below?
This piece is just done with ink, and is perhaps 3-4 inches long and less than an inch in width; here’s the original:
Clara has a few other pieces tucked in her backpack, so you will have to wait and see what other amazing places she visit. Thank you, Clara, for helping with this project! It’s great to have friends like you, and I know people will find the art, and it will bring them joy.
More news to share! I have recently sent some pieces to the UK, and I have a good friend there and they have helped out tremendously, including taking some art on a trip to Scotland. And when in Scotland… there is Scotch!
As the photo shows, a piece of art (a selection of fungi) were placed at the Lagavulin distillery in the great land of peat. Cheers to that! (and BIG thanks to my friend!). Keep an eye out – you just never know when you find something special.
(Oh, and why did I draw some fungi? Well, as the saying goes… “what did everyone say when the comedian showed up at the party? Hey, he’s a really fun guy!” But seriously- what’s not to like about mushrooms and their relatives? They pop up as if out of nowhere, with delicate beauty, and forming such important relationships with other parts of ecosystems. They are mysterious, diverse, and simply splendid. Keep an eye out when you go out in a forest, you will see them if you look carefully)
I clearly have a fondness for North Carolina, and North Carolina clearly likes art. In addition to some exciting activity in Raleigh, recently this project made its way a little to the south-east, to Wayne County, and the city of Goldsboro. I am so grateful for the Arts Council of Wayne County to embrace Found This Art.
This was timed around the US thanksgiving weekend, which is appropriate, since giving and receiving art is something to be thankful for. So, friends of Wayne County, may you find art and may it bring you joy! And thanks, as always, to a great friend of this project, Eleanor Spicer Rice, for helping spread the love of Art to different part of North Carolina.
Two things: 1) I have been very actively drawing Rabbits these days. I do not know why this is the case, but it is true. And sometimes you just have to go with it. 2) I love Quebec (Canada) – a truly amazing place, with incredible forests, lakes, towns and cities. It’s a beautiful part of a vast and wonderful Country. Someone I know very well travels to Quebec’s largest city (Montreal) regularly. So, I’ve decided to combine these things and send Rabbits to Montreal.
Get ready, citizens of Montreal! Keep your eye out in your Metro stations, in your restaurants, and on your park benches. Twenty or so rabbits are on their way! Not only am I simply thrilled to think about Rabbit-art all over the city, I also hope that it will bring lots of smiles to everyone, because November can be a bit of a dreary, dark month up in northern cites.
So, stay tuned, my friends – white-tailed, hoppy fur-balls are invading your city!
My last blog post talked about some art making its way to the city of Raleigh. And today I get to report something *very* exciting – I was interviewed by a writer from Raleigh and you can read all about it here!
I must give a HUGE thanks to Walter Magazine for taking an interest in this project, and a HUGE thanks to Eleanor, who interviewed me, and a HUGE shout-out to Raleigh itself, a simply exceptional city, and one that I am so fond of visiting.
I hope some of you fine folks in North Carolina stumble across some art. Enjoy it, and may it bring you joy.
Big news from the studio today – twenty pieces are done and being shipped out this week. Lots of nature themed pieces of art, and lots of birds. (I like birds).
These are going to a few of the most amazing, awesome, funky, cool, independent bookstores around the world. I’m pretty sure the owners of these select stores will enjoy getting a few pieces of art and secretly slipping them to some of their favourite customers. Fun times ahead!
Hi Friends. Well, this most unusual and difficult year has come and gone. This project has also wrapped up for the year – and 52 art pieces were completed in 2020, one for each week – and the final 11 have left the studio, including this Octopus:
Octopuses are magical. They are intelligent, secretive, magnificent animals. They are full of wonder and awe, and we all need some of that in our world. So, I hope someone finds this piece of art, and enjoys it!
As for Found This Art? I must admit, it’s been a difficult year to keep the project going – very few people have reported finding the art, and my creative energy has waned at times. But a new year brings new things, so perhaps in the coming weeks, things will get rolling again. Until then, I wish all of you happiness and peace.
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.