Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a great day so far — I definitely am! I recently got to visit the house of one of my collectors, and LOOK — two of my “Rebirth” wine bottles from back in 2011!
It felt so good to see them displayed in a loving home setting, and to pick them up and remember all the time it took to paint them (30 hours just to paint the one with the eye – “New Sight Blooms”), not to mention how proud I felt to do all that work knowing 100% of the proceeds would benefit charity.
When I was first approached by Rawhouse Wine to paint these bottles, I was really excited, but honestly I was also overwhelmed, because I have a very detailed painting style, and I knew that painting six bottles, to the high standards I hold myself to, would be over 100 hours of work, and for free, since they were auctioned off for a children’s art & music charity.
But then I thought about when I was a child, and how badly I wanted to be an artist, but the NYC public school system was always cutting arts education, making it nearly impossible for me to get access to the training I needed. And I realized that I have to the power to help other little kids just like who I was all those years ago. So, I buckled down, joined team #nosleep lol, and I did it! And if I remember correctly, it was down to the wire and I was delivering the finished bottles something like the day before the auction, and up to the last minute, I still didn’t know if I’d be able to finish.
After the auction, I took two of the beautiful professional photos that Rod Savant took of the bottles, and sold them at an art show to benefit Artistic Dreams International, another children’s charity that I actually used to volunteer for, teaching drawing to underprivileged kids up in Harlem.
So you can imagine all the emotions I felt when I saw these two pieces again, still holding a place of honor in a home, so many years later. This is the legacy I wish to leave behind: Beautiful art & loving philanthropy, always.
What is the legacy you wish to leave behind? Perhaps there is something we can collaborate on, to help the community, and bring more beauty into the world? Feel free to leave a comment below, or message me here. I’d love to hear from you!
Found this progress pic of one of my fave past pieces, “New Sight Blooms.” Took about 30 hours to paint this one; check out the others in the Rebirth Bottle Series here »
Happy Memorial Day! I hope you all have a great one, with the people you love.
In honor of the holiday and all the outdoor festivities, I thought I would share a photo I took in Central Park recently, in the Shakespeare Garden.
Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, Hansa Yellow Light & Sap Green = the perfect green for the stamen of a lily 🙂
— And now, The lily & daffodil are done!
There’s a little gallery in the Village called Charmingwall, that for a time has been hosting a monthly exhibit, The 6×6 Project, where artists from far and wide create pieces that are exactly 6″x6″, on canvases they provide.
The show ends this December, however, so I decided it was imperative that I get a piece in before it closes, and the result, was Dahlia’s Desire.
Inspired by photos I took at Pike’s Place Market during a recent trip to Seattle, I chose a particularly brilliant dahlia as the focal point of the piece, whose come hither look (to me, anyway!) was purely irresistible!
Please feel free to click on the thumbnails below to see how the piece progressed from start to finish.
I was recently commissioned by a gentleman who wished to surprise a dear friend with a one of a kind gift for her birthday – a poem he wrote himself, illustrated in a painting by me!
To start things off, we discussed the things that his friend liked most: favorite flowers & colors; I suggested that to compliment the poem’s spirituality, we could make the background ethereal and cloudlike, and use an elegant calligraphic font.
Soon enough, we were up and running, and I drew up a rough sketch in Photoshop. At the last minute, we elected to add his friend’s portrait to give it that personal touch, and the finished piece, in his words, “brought her to tears.”
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Please feel free to click on the thumbnails below to see how the piece progressed from start to finish: