I know that I've shared tidbits about the fact that I was recently commissioned by one of my oldest friends to create artwork for a new children's clinic she was starting.
Pilar is a wonderful caring and loving person, a kick-butt pediatrician, and an amazing violinist to boot. And after seeing some gift cards I gave her she asked me if I would be willing to create artwork for a new clinic focused on positive behavior and family therapy for kids and families.
The name of the clinic is Thrive. And the tag line is "Cultivating Positive Growth."
The story of "the ask" is a good one. Pilar and I were on the same flight to Paris from Salt Lake City over spring break - completely by chance - and her seats were just one row ahead of me. As we were flying at 33,000 feet somewhere over Canada (probably) she came back one row and said, nickel version, "I'm opening a new clinic focused on positive behavior and growth for families. Would you be willing to do the artwork for it?"
Big Breath In - and eventually Out - so that I could say, unequivocally, "YesPleaseThankYouIwouldbehonoredandohmygoshIcan'tbelieveyou'reaskingmetodothis...!" Etc.
Oh and eyes as big as saucers, heart pounding like crazy, maybe eyes tearing up - the whole thing - and a big smile on top of it all as I was trying to comprehend this gift that had landed in my lap in a large metal tube 5 miles in the sky with hundreds of little tv's, weird food and free alcoholic beverages.
We agreed to get together once we were home - and after a really fun filled adventure to Paris - I came home and we got to work. It involved meeting at the future office, figuring out spaces where art would go, and envisioning the future space as it was about to be remodeled.
We talked about colors, vision, themes, walls, spaces, and the look and feel Pilar was going for.
My practical project manager hat went right on and I made diagrams, sketched sketches, approximated space needs, and developed size, quantity and pricing proposals. All with the knowledge and understanding that things might get moved around or pieces might not be perfect or loved in the end.
I also worked to consider the branding and colors that had already been developed for the business and would be used in the space - soft greens and browns with a lovely blue green in the mix.
This base work ended up being really important reference material as I worked through the process. In the end I produced 15 original pieces intended to reflect the spirit of "Cultivating Positive Growth."
Bright, beautiful, cheerful, and reflecting growth, life and positivity. All by July 1st.
This was a big project, and oh it was SO fulfilling. Paint swirling, colors running, ink and marker blending into flowers, leaves, grass, bubbles, and water layering together and emerging.
And inspiration flowing like crazy. There were three pieces that I was particularly inspired to do for this project that came to me in random moments as I was falling asleep at night, sketching, or brushing my teeth.
The first is this bamboo - ish piece.
I had several thoughts that merged together for this one, but the main idea behind it was that we all have a story to tell. And that we all have our own stories and if we're willing to share them then maybe we can move to a happier and better place. Or make someone else happy or laugh, or just be wildly compassionate.
In each of the bamboo trunks I added a line of layered text or imagery. They're in different languages, imagery, type, music notes, etc. And for me this was a way to show and share our unique perspectives and ways that we share our stories.
In this square trees piece I included pieces of maps as collage in the bubbles of the trees. I like the idea of roadmaps and guidance when I think about personal growth and positive change. They're a little hard to see, but sometimes our paths are a little hidden for awhile.
The last one was this Four Seasons collection. I was inspired by the tree logo that is an integral part of the Thrive brand. I made a stamp of the tree and inked it to create a copy of the image for each season's board.
This was definitely an experiment and was so much fun. I really felt like seasons are such an important symbol of growth and change. We all have a favorite, right?
Overall, I am overjoyed with the results. While the pieces aren't hung in the places I originally planned for, I definitely expected this and they look completely fantastic as Pilar has chosen to place them.
This was truly a work of love for me and completed in the spirit of service to those in need.
There will be an art opening this fall at the Clinic and I'll get to share a little more about how this came to be. And I'll be sure to say that It has truly been an honor and and a privilege for me to do this work and that I am profoundly grateful.