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)
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!
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.