We’re All Mad Here…

Alice in Wonderland, work in progress, Mad Hatter

I’ve been dying to share this work in progress! I’m having a lot of fun playing with it and watching it evolve. I still have work to do on every aspect of it, the faces, bodies, background… But I’m enjoying taking my time with it.

It is a portrait of me and my best friend, who is also an artist. It’s based off of an Alice in Wonderland doodle from my sketchbook that kept growing more and more into a work of its own…

alice in wonderland, sketch, heather carr

If you are an Alice and Mad Hatter fan, you can see more of my Wonderland work by clicking here

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It will totally make my day.  (^▽^)

Visit Shoreline, WA’s Outdoor Art Pianos!

Heather Carr Alice in Wonderland Piano Flood of TearsIn case you missed my previous post, my Alice in Wonderland piano is on display this month at the Richmond Beach Library in Shoreline, WA.  And it’s outside, so you can actually play it!  😛  There are 11 pianos on display along streets and in the parks of Shoreline, WA.  A list of the locations is now available.  You can download a map and read more about the pianos here.

The pianos will be on display for all of August.  Hope you can stop by and check them out!

It’s Back! Alice in Wonderland Piano @ The Richmond Beach Library in Shoreline, WA

Heather Carr Alice in Wonderland piano mad hatter u mad tea party

Looking mad as a hatter…

Piano Time in Shoreline, WA is back!  While I didn’t have time to commit to painting a new piano this year, I’m proud to say that my Alice in Wonderland piano is out of hiding and has found the perfect home.  For all of August, Wonderland will be on display at the Richmond Beach Library in Shoreline.  I can’t think of a more appropriate home than a library!  Best of all, it’s art you can touch.  Visitors are welcome to come and play the piano. Unlike my cat, this toothy-grinned beast won’t bite…

Here is a link to all my Alice themed work, including progress photos from painting the piano: http://heatherunderground.com/category/alice-in-wonderland/

The Richmond Beach Library is located at 19601 21st Ave N.W., Shoreline, 98177

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The Gallery at Town Center Show – thru Nov. 17th

Heather Carr Susan Aurand I have a show going on now through Nov. 17th, in Lake Forest Park, WA, at The Gallery at Town Center.  Also featured is Susan Aurand, a mixed media assemblage artist.  If you are in the greater Seattle area, please come and check us out!  It’s quite a colorful show. 🙂

Heather Carr Susan Aurand

Alice in Wonderland pieces by me, and an assemblage piece by Susan Aurand

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Alice in Wonderland: Alice’s Hunger

Heather Carr painting Alice in Wonderland eat me drink me 10 feet tall

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don’t do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she’s ten feet tall…

….White Rabbit, by Jefferson Airplane

just finished this for a show, 8″ x 10″ on wood

if you’d like to see more of my Alice work, including a piano, click here!

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Alice in Wonderland – The White Rabbit

Heather Carr painting Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit 2012 clock tick tock And if you go chasing rabbits…

(just finished. 10″ x 10″ on wood)

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U Mad? Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter

Heather Carr Mad Hatter Alice in Wonderland painting art illustrationJust finished!  Up next, The White Rabbit.

Have a great weekend!

P.S.  If you are curious about why I used the number 42, well, Lewis Carroll seemed quite fond of it, and it is, of course, the answer to our universe.  Wikipedia says so!

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Falling Down a Rabbit Hole

Heather Carr Alice in Wonderland painting Mad Hatter White Rabbit I have a show coming up next week.  Working on some last-minute Alice in Wonderland pieces.  Fingers crossed that I get them done in time!  Just taking a break while some paint dries…. Hope you enjoy these work-in-progress pics – I want to get them done by TOMORROW.  Yikes!

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Sometimes, I Paint in a Prison…

 

Heather CarrWhile I could mean that metaphorically, in this case, I don’t.  I really do paint in a prison, well, ex-prison.  Once a week, I paint with a wonderful group of artists on a former military base.  The room we paint in has prison cells along its perimeter.  When I started painting there, there was still a cot, sink and toilet in every cell, but curtains instead of bars.

Heather Carr prison art studio

It’s a good reminder that I am free to paint what I want, and that even if I’m feeling stuck… well, I’m not as stuck as I could be!!!

The painting above is a work in progress.  I am missing Alice in Wonderland, now that I’ve finished my piano.  Just working on a bunch of small, fun pieces now – trying to get back in the groove after weeks of not having time to paint!

Heather Carr work in progress

The studio is really quite cheery, as long as you don’t ponder its history…  😛

Heather Carr art studio

When I want inspiration for a really dark piece, I’ll go sit in here awhile…

Well, that’s all for now.  I’m in a two person show, coming up in a few weeks.  More on that  soon.  I have an art page on Facebook now too, stop on by!

 

Piano Time – Alice in Wonderland – Piano Street Art Finished!

Heather Carr Alice in Wonderland street art piano mad hatter painting

I finished the Alice In Wonderland piano for Shoreline, WA’s Piano Time street art project on July 30th.  I did the project in under 2 weeks.  There are things I would have liked to add that I simply did not have time to incorporate.  And I ran into some trouble when I began to apply the varnish.  Despite priming, I still saw the piano stain seep through in a few spots.  UGH.  That was aggravating!  But overall, I’m thrilled with it.

Heather Carr piano painting wonderland street art

Heather Carr Alice in Wonderland tea party piano street art painting

I’m in awe of how much I accomplished in such a short time, especially because I’m really happy with the finished piece.  It took summer camps and grandparents in babysitting overdrive, for me to have enough time to work.  It makes a difference when I can work for several hours uninterrupted, and really get into the process.

below are images from the sides of the piano:

Heather Carr Alice in Wonderland street art piano Shoreline painting

Heather Carr Alice in Wonderland street art piano Shoreline painting

SInce the project ended, my children have both been home more or less full-time, and I’ve had a million ideas swirling in my head, but nothing has made it to a canvas.  It is killing me a bit… I may lose my head!  Believe me, I’m counting down the days until school starts!

the tea party and the piano closed (I had a design for the closed lid, but ran out of time – bummer!)  oh, and thank you to the Graphics Fairy for the vintage chair backs!:

Heather Carr Alice in Wonderland street art piano Shoreline painting tea party

more details from the piano – drawer knob mushrooms, flamingo croquet piano bench legs, Play Me music stand, Cheshire eye:

Heather Carr Alice in Wonderland street art piano Shoreline painting play me

I decorated all of the piano legs with bottles and hearts, (10 sides total):

Heather Carr Alice in Wonderland street art piano Shoreline painting drink me

smile!

Heather Carr Alice in Wonderland street art piano Shoreline painting

Every time I’ve stopped by Central Market, I’ve witnessed impromptu concerts.  I’ve loved hearing feedback from employees and passers-by.  This project’s been so much fun! Here’s a little snippet of a performance by Beinuo Gong, who was returning to China soon after her concert.  Thank you, Beinuo!  (P.S. sorry about the squeaking grocery carts! lol…)

If you’d like to see other posts I did on this process, check these out:

Alice in Wonderland Street Piano Progress 1

Alice in Wonderland Street Piano Progress 2

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Doodles

Alice in Wonderland Brainstorming Doodles