The Dreamscape Project

Monday, November 26, 2012

Shipping perks for project funders!

This project was made possible by the *amazing* generosity of the funders who backed the project on indiegogo (Check out the campaign here

I've spent the last couple of days preparing all of the perks for shipping!

Here are some pics of me making and packaging:

- x56 'thank you' postcards 

- x19, 5x7" ink drawings on paper 

- x16, 8x10" ink drawings on paper

-x4, 10x13" ink and water colour drawings on paper 

-x1 11x17" ink and water colour drawing on paper 

Phew! :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

The finished Brookdale paintings!

It is with much pleasure that I FINALLY unveil the three finished Brookdale paintings!

At the beginning of 2012 I started collaborating with Child Life Specialist, Janis Atty, at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn on the Dreamscape Project. She asked her patients what they would like to see in the Dreamscape artworks, and spent a few months collecting ideas for me. In June I flew over to NY to meet her and the young people she works with, and then set about creating three artworks from their ideas. I used ink to create large-scale drawings on the three canvases. Throughout June and July I visited Brookdale Hospital to paint the canvases with the children. It was crazy. This is what we came up with.

The Brookdale Tree Hospital, 914x1219mm, ink and acrylic on canvas
The Brookdale Tree Hospital, detail

For the young man of 7 who asked if I could draw two sunflowers and a rainbow watching TV together outside.
The Brookdale Tree Hospital, detail

The Brookdale Tree Hospital, detail

The Brookdale Tree Hospital, detail

The Brookdale Tree Hospital, detail

Look at these little squirrels go! : D I may have been inspired by a certain park in NY that is filled with these critters...

The Brookdale Beach,  914x1219mm, ink and acrylic on canvas

The Brookdale Beach, detail

You're being watched from the trees...
The Brookdale Beach, detail
A Victorian day at the seaside!

The Brookdale Beach, detail

The Brookdale Circus,  914x1219mm, ink and acrylic on canvas

The Brookdale Circus- detail

The Brookdale Circus- detail

The Brookdale Circus- detail

Hope you guys like them! The children and teens (and staff at the Hospital!) were all really happy about how they turned out, so that's awesome. The paintings are currently at Brookdale, and arrangements are being made to auction off two of the paintings to raise money for the Hospital. The other painting will be kept by Brookdale, and displayed in the Hospital. Although I have heard rumors Brookdale's CEO might like to keep two of the paintings and just auction one. Guess he likes them? :D 

Good job Brookdale! Thank you so much for having me and making this project possible x

Sunday, August 19, 2012

All 3 Brookdale paintings finished!

All three of the Dreamscape artworks for Brookdale are finished! Pictures will be up next week, so stay tuned!

I'm currently on my way back to NZ, and once I'm there I'll be working with CanTeen and Ronald McDonald House to create two more artworks for the Dreamscape Project. No rest for the wicked!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Painting in the lobby of Brookdale Hospital!

Last week we attempted something crazy- painting in the LOBBY of a Hospital! We had initially decided to do all of the painting with the children inside the Hospital's Playroom, where the mess and madness could be contained. Brookdale's new CEO, Mark E. Toney, had a different plan! He is 100% behind the Dreamscape Project and wanted us to work in full view of the public. We were granted permission to set up our canvases in the lobby, RIGHT by the front entrance. Janis Atty (Child Life Specialist at Brookdale) and I were a little apprehensive at first, but it turned out to be a huge success!

Passers by and Hospital staff came and chatted to us while we worked, and all had very kind and wonderful things to say about the art and the project. Several adults wanted to join in...Maybe an idea for a future project? Why should kids have all the fun? ;p

Due to our 'lobby success', we'll be back in the lobby next Mon, Tues and Weds!

For more photos check out the GALLERY section of this website :)

Article on ARTDAILY.ORG!

Woo-hoo, the Dreamscape Project made it on to! Read the full article here:

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Second painting session at Brookdale

Look how much we've done!

First painting session at Brookdale

Our gorgeous young volunteers Ashanti and Charlene, who are giving up their summer break to help the Child Life Department at Brookdale!
Crystal and Asani hard at work on the first painting!

Check our more images through the GALLERY section of the website :)