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…
If you are an Alice and Mad Hatter fan, you can see more of my Wonderland work by clicking here…
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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…
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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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.
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:
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!:
more details from the piano – drawer knob mushrooms, flamingo croquet piano bench legs, Play Me music stand, Cheshire eye:
I decorated all of the piano legs with bottles and hearts, (10 sides total):
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:
Hopefully in a about a week I will begin painting a street piano for the city of Shoreline. I haven’t met with anyone to go over the details yet, but I’ve decided I’d like to make it Alice in Wonderland themed if they’ll allow it.
So I’ve started playing around with faces and symbols related to Alice. No serious drawing, just doodling, mostly with (non-erasable, doh!) pen. Just to get my head in the right place.