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Artists from PIXAR
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Chicks In Crisis

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Swimming Pool

Mark Shirra, BBC & TV2 (Norway) graphic designer, studied animation at Vancouver Film School & made an animated short entitled 'A Great Big Robot from Outer Space Ate My Homework' that won Leo, Channel Frederator and Nicktoons Awards - 'Robot' was selected for the Siggraph Electronic Theater among numerous other festivals. Outside of his day job as a Camera & Staging Artist at Pixar, Mark is an avid runner and has run 20 marathons, completing 2 in under 3 hours. He enjoys cooking leek pies.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jungle Gym

Albert Lozano graduated from the Cal Arts Film school with a BA in Character Animation. He worked at Spumco and South Park before coming to Pixar in 1999. Albert was recently the Character Art Director on Up and also worked the Day and Night short.

The Central Tree

An offering from Mr Ostby's photographic works. Original shot on Kodak Panoram No. 1 swing-lens camera. Thank you Eben!

Beryl's Lot

Academy nominated animator Joanna Quinn is donating this wonderful sketch based on the opening scene of Family Ties with Beryl trying to catch the cherubs. The film has won 14 international prizes including Cartoon d'Or. If you haven't seen any of her work - you should! Brilliant artist, brilliant animator, brilliant storyteller with a wicked sense of humour. She also owns her own production company, Beryl Productions and has produced numerous commercials, including Charmin toilet paper and Whiskas.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sunset at Ireland Lake

Amelia Earhart Peak, Yosemite National Park CA.
Sunset at Ireland Lake. A photograph donated by Ian House.

"Ireland Lake. I finally got there, August 2010. The loop trail goes from Tuolumne Meadows through Lyell Canyon and up to Ireland Lake,before returning to the Meadows, via Volgelsang High Camp and Rafferty Creek.The majesty of the Sierra keeps calling me home. Backpacking Yosemite is what I live for. By sharing it's phenomenal beauty, I hope to inspire others to experience the high ground for themselves."

You can view more photos by Ian here.


Derek Williams is a sets supervisor at Pixar, but most importantly Derek hails from England and despite the fact that he has probably lived in the US nearly as long as he has lived in the UK, he still speaks in cockney rhyming slang, buys British, plays 'football' and eats curly wurlys. And also takes stunning photographs too. Derek created these beautiful fine art photographs for 'Mother Hen'. . . hmm, I wonder if they're English eggs?


Another artist whose work I am in love with; L Filipe dos Santos aka Corcoise, from Portugal. He paints/sketches the most incredible portraits. Here's a work which he is donating to 'Mother Hen' - adorable.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


An original sketch by the awesome Teddy Newton. Come and bid on it at the auction next week!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Teach a woman to fish

Maria Lee, Digital Painter at Pixar studied illustration at New York's School of Visual Arts and has an MFA in Computer Arts from the Academy of Art University.Maria is donating this oil on wood panel piece entitled "Fisherman" to The Mother Hen Project.

"I was always fascinated by the colors and textures of the green and stripes nylon awnings of those boats. It's uniquely Hong Kong, my hometown."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mothers and Childs

Don Shank attended the animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. He went on to work at a variety of animation studios on many projects including "Ren & Stimpy", "Dexter’s Lab" & "Samurai Jack". He has done design work for feature animation including "The Incredibles" and "Up". Don was also the Production Designer of the new Pixar short film "Day & Night" as well as "The Powerpuff Girls" TV show for seasons 2 through 4. Don has earned an Annie and 2 Emmy awards for his work in animation. He currently works at Pixar Animation Studios and lives in California with his wife and beautiful daughter.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A parliament of owls

Paul Conrad, formerly an artist at Pixar, where he worked on the feature film "Up" as well as several of the "Mater's Tall Tales" shorts, currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and three boys, where he designs and illustrates for animation and children's publishing.
'The inspiration for this piece came from one of my friends at Pixar who held down her day job and worked with us in the trenches by day and took care of the raising and sheparding of her own three children during all other hours, as well as my own wife who also works tirelessly to corral our own three wildlings.'


SWOON, an artist from NYC whose work I first stumbled upon in the streets of San Francisco, studied painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and is a member of the Justseeds Artist Cooperative and a founding member of the art collective the Miss Rockaway Armada, a group which built large rafts out of salvaged materials and floated them down the Mississippi River in 2006 and 2007. Swoon is probably one of my favourite contemporary artists. Didn't think for one moment that I would be able to include a 'Swoon' piece in The Mother hen Project - But as my Mum always says, 'if you don't ask, you don't get' - so I asked, and I gratefully received - a beautiful, original artwork by Swoon. Thank you. It's an exquisite piece, which I am very proud and grateful to exhibit and auction as part of The Mother Hen Project.


Cassandra Smolcic has been working at Pixar for just over a year, having completed an internship at Pixar during the summer of 2009. She has an MFA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art. Cassandra has kindly donated this beautiful linocut of a "Sprawling Peacock"

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Docter's in the hen house

Two original artworks by Pixar's Pete Docter . . .

Friday, October 29, 2010


Original painting donated by Pixar's very own Ralph Eggleston:

Fountain of creativity

"If a person stops to look, think, discuss, and/or wonder when they see a piece of artwork, they have transformed in some way, and growth is a beautiful thing." ~ Linda Kim
Linda Kim grew up on Saturday morning cartoons and getting lost in books and films. She wants to one day write and illustrate her own children's books because of the books and stories she so fondly remembers while growing up.

Fleurs minuit

Photographer and painter, Valerie Galloway, was born in Saverne, France and is currently living in Tucson, Arizona. Her paintings have a 'Pierre et Gilles' quality to them - etherial & a little theatrical. Valerie pulls her inspiration from vintage film (cinema & old family photgraphs). Featured as part of Mother Hen is a signed print of an original watercolour called Midnight Blossoms.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sensibility in material form

"We can experience the sublime in the same room where we fold the laundry, and perhaps at the same time." ~ Betsy Walton

Another incredible colourist whose work I have completely fallen in love with. Betsy is a full time artist/illustrator living in Portland. She works with 'a spontaneous approach and few expectations of specific results.' and creates some masterful miniatures in the process. This piece is called The Healer.

Red = Love

Kellesimone Waits maybe more known for her brazen political figures, has donated a screamingly intimate painting which I am very excited to be able to present as part of The Mother Hen Project. The piece is called Mother and Child: Red Silhouette #3. It's a powerful expression of unconditional love.

More fishiness

Valerie LaPointe, story artist at Pixar, has created and donated this original drawing of a 'lovesick teenager with a fishtail' for Mother Hen. You can read a little background info about the little mermaid drawing on her blog. Thank you Valerie : )

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kissing the earth

Trish Carney - What can I say? A great friend and colleague and a completely dedicated wildlife photographer. Her work gets better and better every time I check in with her web site.
"My images celebrate the wild. And my intent is to encourage respect for wildlife and for the environment that we share. My photographs are offered as an invitation to coexist and make room for wildlife." - Trish Carney

Trish has donated this beautiful palladium print to the project:

Gone fishing

A couple of months ago I participated in a linocut printmaking class at 3 Fish Studios in San Francisco and produced a print which I am going to be auctioning as part of The Mother Hen Project. I have to say that the class was really enjoyable. I completely lost track of time and could have stayed there for many more hours. Our instructor for the day was co-owner of 3 Fish, Eric Rewitzer, an incredible printmaker and painter who has donated 2 beautiful pieces to the project. One is a hand pulled linocut of Yosemite Valley and the other, is a print hot off the press, with 3 inks, each pulled separately - of Sutro Tower.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hammer out love

Tad Carpenter loves peanut butter, Ebay, grape Kool-Aid and vintage Golden Books. His favorite tool is his lucky Mirado Black Warrior 100% premium cedar pencil and his favorite color is pantone warm red. And Tad just sent us a whopping great folder of prints to auction for Chicks In Crisis, including his mix 'n' match monster screenprints. You are awesome Tad!

Monday, October 25, 2010


I first discovered Cuban artist Elsa Mora when I stumbled upon her exquisite paper cuts, and they led me like a paper trail to a world which Elsa has created, not only of paper cuts, but also a world of paintings, collages, stories, sculptures, photographs, dolls and much much more. In an interview with Elsa, one of the paragraphs which resonates for me with regards to The Mother Hen Project - and specifically the notion of artists fund-raising, is Elsa's reply to the question, 'Why should people buy handmade?' She replies:
"Handmade objects have a different meaning compared to industrial objects because they carry a human energy. The thing that most impacts people is other people. That’s why we experience something nice when we get anything handmade. When you buy handmade you are not only buying an object but you’re also buying a concept, an idea that has to do with the appreciation of what’s human. By buying handmade you are saying in a subtle way that you care about other people and that you are open for them to bring something into your life, it is an exchange, it is human connection."

Thank you Elsa for donating these beautiful prints to Mother Hen.

Friday, October 22, 2010

" I make photographs"

Two enchanting fine art photographs by Tracey Telik, from Ottawa.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Looking forward to receiving this original painting especially created for The Mother Hen Project by the highly prolific, Brooklyn-based, Tokyo born illustrator Aya Kakeda. A BIG thank you to Aya for fitting this in to her schedule.

Also have three of Aya's gloriously surreal art prints to auction: