Ireland Residency Day Zero

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ireland-blog-1As I type amid the sound track of late night “Eve-o-Race Week” (not NASCAR- horses!)
celebrating? outside my window, I reflect on what has been a stellar start of a sure to be amazing Artist Residency. It has been 24 hours +5 since I first rolled from my Charlotte bed on Friday 9/9/16 at 7:15.
Lovely Ang, graciously dropped me off at CLT airport. A short wait, a Stireland-blog-2arbucks, a Pokie-stop, a nice hop on JetBlue , yes there really was more leg room, later I landed in JFK.
 I  spent the next 6 or so hours working the code for the day job while enjoying a beautiful airport, hitting a couple more Pokie-stops enjoying the birds in the terminal. Then at a little past six and a FaceTime to the fam to reassure the pets . I boarded a full and green plane for my skip over the pond.
For someone who LOVES to fly this flight was too short :).
I spent some of the flight working on a pen & ink drawing in my sketch journal, which was a wonderful gift from from previous Ireland visitor Pam Goode.
Our flight actaully arrived early and I landed under the cover of darkness in to Shannon Ireland. As to be expected, my first task after gliding pleasantly through customs was to acquire coffee. Straight away, I hopped in a queue and acquired the much sought after  elixir from the news stand adjacent to baggage claim. However, what I didn’t consider was that my nimble nine fingers were already fully occupied with a backpack, a carry-on, and a suitcase. The surprise here is the carry-on i journeyed with happens to be an “old-school” two-wheeler, while my main luggage is a hipster four wheeler. “So what” you say. Well navigating a four wheeler at 5:50 am with one hand and the totally different dynamics of a two-wheeler with the other, makes it a bit of a feet to carry a cup of hot coffee. graphics-interchange-format-gif-f31f142d1191-1After a circus of moves I successfully traversed out of the store only to bust nary two steps beyond the threshold. And that is how I officially created my first “public” art piece in Ireland. :)
After my humiliation, and not so subtly placing a bright caution wet floor sign I had little trouble acquiring a ticket for the bus.  Thankfully, it too arrived early and silently crept away wit just me and one elderly lady who didn’t drink coffe.The sun is just rising…
I know its rude, in any country to halt a tale mid-step if you will, but alas it HAS been more than 29 hours with just a dust of sleep. So, I am going to make you wait to hear the rest of day 0 and 1 of my Ireland residency.
Stay tuned you don’t want to miss bus drawing, and first stroll through town, and first incredible evening at JB’s….

Premises Promises

Premises Promises

patches of growth
the ground is ready for spring
but are we
arrows pointing up
two large diamond windows in the hill
crops of holes
punched in the dirt
poked in the cloud
poked in the promise
the windows make eyes
at the new red arch
a strange lazy building
lounges blue across the ground
i stand on it
premises promises

This digitally finger painted piece was a collaboration with the students from Trinity Episcopal School when they visited Ciel Gallery. Read more here. Add this painting to your collection.

wow mini session at Ciel


This gallery contains 8 photos.

Trinity Episcopal School 5-8th graders recently spent a day at Ciel Gallery exploring art as part of “WOW Week” (WithOutWalls). I joined artist Caroline Brown and Pam Goode in providing art mini sessions for the students. As part of my … Continue reading

Day Five-Six 31:31 in 15

This piece is a continuation of the student responses coming out of a workshop I taught last year. That same two session workshop lead to a great show “Influenced Art “, hosted by Warehouse242. The exhibit brought together 34 artist from around the world with 40 students from around Charlotte.(a post with images from the show is coming) The show is display until the end of the month, if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet please make plans to swing by.
Any way, one if the pieces I did for the show titled “Remember Wren”, was influenced by the artwork of a young girl Wren. She has a sister Talia. We ran shy of artist, so not every child’s piece got paired up. Wren was so pleased with her painting that the parents asked me if I would do a painting influenced by Talia’s art. How could I refuse? So day five painting is influenced by her drawing. Needless to say day five an six have been very busy so I have not yet completed the piece :(. I am posting an image of the work in progress.

work in progress