PIANO!!! Location Announcement & More Pics!

This a bit belated but YAY!!! Sing for Hope announced where the pianos will be located this year and mine will be at the DUMBO Archway! Very cool :) More information about the DUMBO archway and surrounding area can be found HERE.  All of the piano locations are listed HERE so you can go see them all :)

Here are some pics of the finished  piano:

I also wanted you to be able to see a few pics of the front when the music desk is up (the top is screwed down while it's on the street so you won't be able to see it in person):

I'm working on setting up a few concerts at my piano.  Stay tuned for details. Hope to see you all at the DUMBO Archway soon!

Sing For Hope Piano Time Warp #3: COLOR!

This is the second post today.  What can I say - I'm a feast or famine type-o-gal. So about half an hour ago I left you hanging with the piano primed ina ghostly all white state.  Finally the really fun part - adding color!  That first brush stroke is always the hardest.  Where to begin?  Right smack dab in the center of course!

Sunset colors and a beating hand/heart
I eventually got rid of that green fingernail but it was fun for a hot second.

Then I needed some connectors - part wave, part vine, part tree branches/roots (you'll see as it evolves)

Some of these lines became hair too - multi-purpose - I like it.  It's all in how you look at it.

I was thinking of the arms as waves.  There were a lot of nature elements to this - a real feeling of the timelessness and cycles of growing things and the ebb and tide of water - endless ocean.  I was listening to a lot of Florence and the Machine.


So the back alone took about a week but it was totally worth it :)

Now the next challenge - pulling everything around the sides. I started here:


I knew it needed more work but wasn't sure what came next so I started on the fornt to give my subconscious sometime to work it out and/or to see if I just needed another part to be done for it to fall into place.

That little face profile ended up disappearing - didn't belong.

Remember how I mentioned tree feelings? This is what started happening on the front:


I added some color to the top too at this point.  Starting to feel the time crunch so was trying to work multiple bits at once.


This post is getting epically long.  Then again it was a pretty epic process so I guess that fits.  I'm going to leave you with a pic of the mostly finished top and expanded front:


Next post - the final side and finished product pics!

Sing for Hope Time Warp #2

Ok, ok, I know, bad blogger. Here we are into week two of my piano on the street and I still haven't finished my time warp! Which is bad because I have so many new things to show you about this week on the street and the amazing people I've met at my piano. So this post is mostly going to be pics of the piano evolving so we can get up to present day ASAP. So we left off with Amanda's face on the right side of the piano and a need for more body parts ;) Here's the evolution from that point on in pictures:

I added three more faces.

I added some hands to the top front

Decided there needd to be more faces on the other side.

Then I did a bunch of priming - FYI priming sucks. That stuff sticks to everything and stinks like you wouldn't believe. Also, it's a real pain to get out of brushes. However it is necessary and made the piano nice and spooky white. Take a look:

Back primed

Right side primed

Then, after doing a late night casting session with Sonia (THANK YOU SONIA) it was time to deal with the top of the piano. Enter the dreamers:

Dreamer one

Dreamer 2

Then more priming and gessoing (I used the super thick Liquitex gesso on all the plaster pieces - that stuff is awesome).

Primed front

Primed & Gesso-ed back & top

Primed & gesso-ed Left Side

And then it was finally time for paint! Next post = COLOR :)

Sing For Hope Piano - It Begins!

As some of you may know, I submitted a proposal to be one of the artists for Sing For Hope's annual Sing for Hope Piano Project and I was accepted!!!  I am essentially creating a bas-relief on the piano using plaster and papier-mache casts of a whole bunch of people from all over NYC.  Aiming for a 3D variation of my Black & White and Color work on a  PIANO :)  So exciting!

Last week was my first week in the piano studio working on my piano.  Here is a pic of me & my piano at he beginning aka the BEFORE PICTURE:

Me & My Piano BEFORE PIC

I mentioned I'm casting a lot of people right?  This includes some fabulous young people from Still Waters in a Storm. Check out some pics from our casting session:

Kid Casting 2_3_27_2013 Kid Casting 3_27_2013

Fun right?!?!

So I went straight from that casting session to the piano studio.  So then the piano looked like this:


And then like this:

Piano_Arm & 1 Face copy

Then this:

Piano_Arm & 2 Faces 2 copy

Then it was late  and I had to leave.  But I went back the next night and did this:

Piano_Arm & 3 faces copy

Then I thought I should work on the back a bit:

Piano_Back with Face & Heart Hands copy

Then I realized I needed more/different body part casts.  So I'm throwing a plastering part this weekend.  Stay tuned for updates :)

Enjoy your weekend!