Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Rock Around


Video fun ahead:



For our first Family Street Art outing, the three oldest kids and Dad painted around 40 rocks and hid them all over town.
For our second time out, we painted around 40 sticks and scattered them.
For our third project we painted around 40 leaves and did the same.

For our most recent Family Street Art project, we took things to epic proportions!  Over the course of a full year, all six kids and Dad have been painting over 1,000 rocks.  YES!  1,000.  Not only that, we painted them all in matching pairs.  Here are a few of the sets to give you an idea:



Right now, one rock from each pair is at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, gathered all together in a giant, sprawling display – a full kaleidoscope of colors and shapes and wild faces:









Now the fun part!  Remember that all 500 rocks there at the museum have identical matching twin rock counterparts?  We took these other 500 matching rocks and hid them all over the city of Grand Rapids in random locations for a GIANT community game of “I Spy” during the world’s largest art competition, ArtPrize.

When people wander the streets of Grand Rapids during ArtPrize, they can be on the lookout for the hidden rocks.  How many will they spot during the day?  Who in their party has the fastest eyes?  We're instructing folks that when they spot a rock during ArtPrize, they leave it where it's at and snap a photo.  Then they can share photos on social media sites with the hashtag #RockAroundGR   There is a wonderful growing community of families playing along in this giant interactive art game!

You can see the photos that the community is taking on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.

And you can see some of our own documented photos below:






 



 



 

 

 



 











So that's the ArtPrize entry!  We had a wonderful time painting together, hiding the rocks out and about, and now seeing the public interact with it all.  And because this is not just a painting to be viewed, but rather a far-reaching creation to be 'experienced,' the entire community is a crucial element to all this.  Rocks hidden in the nooks of trees are one thing.  But this all becomes a work of interactive art when a 5-year-old we've never met before races around the city jumping and shouting "There's one! There's one!"  It's not just Dad, it's not just the family -- it's the whole city that turns this idea into a work of art - every family, school class, toddler, businessman, and grandma is a collaborator in this ArtPrize entry.  And that's been really fun to watch.  We're done painting.  It's out of our hands.  And now the community takes it and makes it into something even more special.

You can visit the "Rock Around" ArtPrize entry page here: Rock Around


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monsters Go

Dad has a new book out called "Monsters Go Night-Night," and all the characters are based off drawings Elijah made when he was 4 & 5 years old!  Most of those drawings are stored right here on this blog.

Here's a video Elijah and I made about it:



Well, I thought it would be fun to see how other artists would interpret those same original monster drawings that Elijah had made.  So I whipped up a Twitter page (@Monsters_Go) and put out the invitation.  I had no idea if anyone would play along, but this whole amazing little community sprang up around Elijah's drawings!  Artists from all over the world started doing Fan Art of Elijah's drawings in their own fantastic, diverse styles in a #MonsterGo drawing challenge.  Over 60 Artists made nearly 200 drawings based off Elijah's monsters!!  Here's a small sampling:


"Smag" by Elijah:

by @edwardiantaylor:

by @AdamDix:

by @Flodego:

by @HarveyBeardman:

by @morenoarte:



"Tweap" by Elijah:

by @joshalves:

by @akhdraws:

by @DebIllustration:

by @MH_illustration:

by @westinchurch:



"Ippity" by Elijah:

by @edwardiantaylor:

by @SamShawDraws:

by @katowokato:

by @IanSummersart:

by @geeksarecool:

by @amymariestad:



"Splue" by Elijah:

by @pixeltomu:

by @starkelstar:

by @morenoarte:

by @TheJasonMartian:

by @markaaronyoung:



"Grubba" by Elijah:

by @katowokato:

by @Dave_Windett:

by @Flodego:

by @TheJasonMartian:

by @bluelily17:



"Wobb" by Elijah:

by @westinchurch:

by @geeksarecool:

by @starkelstar:

by @jodie_bowden24:

by @SamShawDraws:



"Numsy" by Elijah:

by @markmeyersart:

by @david_buist:

by @TheJasonMartian:

by @jodie_bowden24:



It was lots of fun!  So after we made it through the seven original monsters, we decided to keep going.  Now I post one new monster each week by any of the Z-Kids from out of the Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty archives.  Check it out here!  And if you're an artist who would enjoy a fun morning warm-up prompt, I invite you to come join the fun!