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Two Rabbits on the Moon: My Illustration Project for 2015

Good evening friends and followers! 

I thought I would give you a brief summary of the illustration project I’m working on for a group show next year. This is especially important if you are attending my upcoming studio sale and party tomorrow evening AND if you’re wondering why I’m trying to clear so much space. 

I’m in the process of putting together a visual story about adults who have lost their ability to dream because of an ongoing conflict. Without giving away too much information, the adults are on a journey to reclaim their lost dreams, but because much of their functioning capabilities were compromised in the loss, they need assistance. This is a story about their loss and their journey, about adventure, about secret messages passed from child to adult and giant rabbits and war. My studio walls are covered in thumbnails and storyboard ideas. I am coming up with this story bit by bit, I have never attempted anything like this before, and I am afraid. I’m afraid because I have a lot of self doubt. I have a lot of limitations I’m working through in terms of skill, time, finances, and space. I am afraid because there is no reason for anyone to care about this project but me, and because failure seems like a pretty strong possibility.

But I’m doing it anyway.

What I wanted to focus on for this particular post is the size of the project, the anticipated cost of the project, and my goals for this body of work. These are really rough ideas that are still being fleshed out and will change over time, so bear with me. 

There will be between 10 and 20 paintings that are roughly 3x4 feet. They will tell a story. They will be arranged in a way in which the viewer has to engage with one painting before moving onto the next. The materials alone will cost me anywhere between 2,000 (if I play my cards right and don’t waste any paint) and 6,000. That’s my very conservative estimate. 

I want to show this finished body of work everywhere I can around Pittsburgh. I want people to see this because it’s my story. 

I’m selling most of my paintings at this studio sale for really low prices. I need the funds to cover some of the costs of this project. I need the space because I have a small bedroom which I also use as a studio. I may need to rent a studio as my project develops. So if you’re local please stop by. 

I’m still in the process of putting together a budget and writing a proposal, and there may be a kickstarter in the works. 

Thanks again for following. 

In six days! <3

In six days! <3

These are the last of my studies of Tiernan. I did these in my tiny watercolor moleskine just to get an idea of how I wanted to use some of the images I took for my illustration project. These were a lot of fun and some of my favorite paintings from this summer. 

This is finished. Pat and his son, Tiernan. Watercolor, gouache, and ink on watercolor paper. Parts of this painting seem kind of wonky, but after some encouragement from friends I decided to post the finished product. The painting itself is a study of a much larger painting to come.

This is finished. Pat and his son, Tiernan. Watercolor, gouache, and ink on watercolor paper. Parts of this painting seem kind of wonky, but after some encouragement from friends I decided to post the finished product. The painting itself is a study of a much larger painting to come.

Dearest friends and followers,

It’s been a while! Thank you for your patience. I got a little bit of commission work here at home, and then decided to work on a series of bunny paintings to be donated to Rabbit Wranglers here in Pittsburgh. These photos are from both of those projects, because the only thing that’s better than one adorable rabbit is FOUR ADORABLE RABBITS. The photos are from both projects, because the only thing that’s better than one adorable rabbit is FOUR ADORABLE RABBITS. 

I have a few more of these in the works, and many I’ve decided not to photograph because they just weren’t great. 

There is something really strange and beautiful about interacting with animals. I was trying to capture a mixture of the discovery, joy, and overall weirdness I experienced when I learned how to care for bunnies and wanted to cater these paintings to the compassionate and wonderful people who foster them through Rabbit Wranglers. Bunny lovers, these are for you. 

But bunnies, these are ESPECIALLY for you. Thank you for adding so many strange and wonderful elements to my life and artistic endeavors. Although, since you don’t understand English, I suppose I’ll just feed you some pineapple.

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Hello followers and friends. If you’re local, here is a link to my upcoming studio sale and party on August 31st. The event is FREE! I’ll have lots of food for all snacking types (vegan/vegetarian/gluten free/non-vegetarian). I am making my usual array of desserts and am providing a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. Please join me in celebrating the end of summer!

Sunday, August 31st from 6-9 PM.  

Tula Organic Salon and Spa, 2629 Murray Ave

Almost finished. Watercolor, gouache, and ink on watercolor paper.

Almost finished. Watercolor, gouache, and ink on watercolor paper.

Quick WIP of my friend Pat and his son Tiernan. Watercolor and graphite on watercolor paper. 

Quick WIP of my friend Pat and his son Tiernan. Watercolor and graphite on watercolor paper. 

Here is a better photo of Tiernan. It&#8217;s funny to watch kids. Towards the end of our photoshoot he was running around like crazy, and those were some of my favorite photos. I think this one looks like him, too. Watercolor, graphite, and ink on watercolor paper. 9x12.

Here is a better photo of Tiernan. It’s funny to watch kids. Towards the end of our photoshoot he was running around like crazy, and those were some of my favorite photos. I think this one looks like him, too. Watercolor, graphite, and ink on watercolor paper. 9x12.

Another illustration of Tiernan. On the move! Watercolor, ink, and graphite.