Monday, July 18, 2011

Significant Elements mural

I just finished a mural for Significant Elements, at 212 Center Street in Ithaca, in celebration of this creative recycling business's 20th anniversary.  This mural depicts the history and multiple uses of the circa 1880 warehouse, from undergarment and carriage manufacturing, to airplane parts testing to furniture warehouse, as well as the history of the neighborhood.

This mural project was funded by grants from Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund and The Service League, with sponsorship from Benjamin Moore, Ithaca Painting and Decorating, and individual donations.

Here are some photos of the process, from the original vandalism-prone blank wall through the final product. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Farm animals

I recently completed some paintings of some of our farm animals, all in acrylic on canvas.  This is our Shetland pony, Tuxedo, who is adorable but whose personality is actually kind of wicked.  I got him for the kids to ride, but he gets a gleam in his eye and immediately tries to buck them off whenever we try that nonsense.
This is one of our hens, a Black Australorpe named Barbara.  Her feathers are amazing, reflecting purple and green in the sunlight.
And this is Gertie, a barred rock hen who lived in our basement for a while getting special care for an injured foot.  I have printed giclee prints of this painting, available at the Farmers' Market or if you contact me.

Silo on 76 Road

An old silo on 76 Road, near Brooktondale.  Acrylic on canvas.

TCPL mural unveiled!

My mural at the Tompkins County Public Library was unveiled in May.  As you see, it features several characters from children's books, such as Puss-in-Boots, Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, the Cheshire Cat, and the Gingerbread Man.  Also some dragons and castles and other fun things.