The piano that I painted for this years Pianos in the Park 2017, will retire to Inscspe Arts where it was painted and also where my studio/gallery is! This is fantastic news! I am so very pleased. What an honor to have been chosen to participate, but also that I know where my piano is going now! I can watch it age….. This October will mark my 4th year at Inscspe Arts! Love being there and part of the amazing community!
On July 29th come on down to Steve Cox Memorial Park and check out the piano I painted for this years Pianos in the Parks. I was one of 11 artists chosen. My piano is an “event piano” which means it will be there for only one day. It’s from 10-4, and the Park is in White Center. There will be yoga at 10am and it should be a great day with family and friends!!!
My proposal was to cover a piano in flowers. I didn’t know what my piano was going to look like at all. When they delivered all the pianos, and we were able to choose ours, what caught my eye was a very large upright piano. It had a beautiful oval wood carving on the front of it and I immediately knew I would paint flowers on that particular spot, because the flowers painted there would be showcased perfectly. It turned out to be made in Chicago, which is one of my favorite cities, but also that it was an upright grand piano, never knew they made a grand piano that way. I ended up leaving parts of the piano unpainted and those I painted black. It looks really neat and unique.
I have been mulling over the thought of spraying the piano surface that is covered in flowers with a UV protectant clear coat….every flower painting I create I always use a clear coat, 1) to protect the surface from splatters, 2) to protect from sunlight…. In doing so, the peaks of the flowers become hard and sharp. So if I was to do that it could pose a challenge, if in the future it would poke or scratch someone. NOT GOOD…….
So, I am forgoing a clear coat. I have NO idea where the piano will end up going. Auction, library, maybe even Inscape Arts! My thought is, flowers get picked or they die in flower patches, parks, gardens, etc. I hope I know where mine ends up. More than anything now, I want to document with pictures the evolution of the piano and flowers painted on it. How long will they last? Will they get picked off? Will they get squished? All fun to think about, plus I’ll document how I age too. 😊
More to come…
Can’t share full pictures of the piano, not until after the unveiling at 12Th Ave Arts @ 1620 12th Ave. on Capital Hill on 7-13-17 from 5-8 pm. My piano, along with the other 5 artists whose pianos will be at select parks for one day only, will be inside the 12 th Ave. Arts building. The remaining pianos that will be at 5 select parks for a duration of two weeks will be outside on the street that will be blocked off. Come out and see how the pianos turned out! I can’t wait to send it off to the world! More to come of the thought process that is in the works of how this piano will live out its days and where that might be!
Pianos in the Park (PiP) is a yearly event where local artists are chosen to paint a piano for a certain park for one day, or two weeks for a select park. I was chosen to paint a piano for the Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center this year. It will be there for 1 day on July 29th. I have painted all the surfaces that I have chosen to paint, now it’s drying time…. I will have to spray it with a clear coat as well. I hope I didn’t make the piano too delicate. It’s like a flower patch, over time, the flowers will die or get picked off?! In any such manner, I am honored to be a part of this years event! The unveiling will be held in July 13th at Capital Hill Arts on 12th Ave. It will be exciting to see how the other artists decorate their pianos! 🎹🎼