An Art auction featuring
Artists from PIXAR
and beyond

Chicks In Crisis

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:

I walk with seasons

From the serene ramblings & soft eyes of Jetty Kolobarić . . . 'Reflections', a beautiful fine art photograph which we'll be auctioning on November 20th.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Legs & Eleven

No accompanying text really needed for this one. A beautiful, original painting by Pixar artist Tia Kratter.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In a hole in a tree

Kim Herbst is a freelance illustrator working out of San Francisco. I can't remember where or how I first came across Kim's art work, but I really love her style which is a kind of cross between Mucha & Manga. There's a lot of movement and grace in her composition and style. I also love reading her blog which details a lot of the background stories to her artwork. When I emailed Kim to ask her if she would be willing to donate a piece of artwork to Mother Hen, she didn't hesitate to respond, and came up with this stunning piece which 'focuses on the notion that both children and adults do things together that can take us by unexpected surprise'. Kims painting reminds me of a counting rhyme:
Over in the meadow,
In a hole in a tree,
Lived a young mother owl
And her little owls three.
"Tu-whoo," said the mother,
"Tu-whoo," said the three,
They tu-whoo-ed all day,
In the hole in a tree.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Little things

"What we call little things are merely the causes of great things; they are the beginning, the embryo, and it is the point of departure which, generally speaking, decides the whole future of an existence." Henri Frédéric Amiel

Nan Lawson likes to 'draw little things and take little pictures'. . . and this cause led her to quit her day job working for a big television company and start creating and selling her beautiful artwork. There's a great article/interview about Nan's journey on Etsy. At one point in the interview Nan attributes a lot of her success to her boyfriend, always supportive and encouraging her not to be afraid to try new things. In many ways - this is what the Mother Hen Project is about. Many of the young women who call Chicks In Crisis don't have the support or options which many of us are so lucky to have, whether it is a family, a community, a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner or even a reliable friend. They are often so overwhelmed by guilt and shame that they have lost sight of those 'little things' which could turn their lives around and point them towards a more rewarding way of life. The Mother Hen Project is a way to start rebuilding those support networks and help women make informed choices and/or find the means to be able to take control of their lives. Thank you Nan for donating 'Eleanor of the Sea' to the auction. It has also been very inspiring to read your story.

To market, to market

Clare Metague graduated from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and has spent 10 years working as a graphic artist. 'Mother and Baby to Market' is one of a series of linocut prints which which has been inspired by stories shared by Metague's own Mother about her life growing up on a ranch outside of Managua, Nicaragua.
"Those stories and my own travels to remote tropical locations have provided me with images of life lived mindfully, ritually and with great reverence for the ordinary (everyday life). Many of the images that come to mind resonate with beauty, humor, and affection and have left an indelible mark."

Friday, October 15, 2010


Vandana Reddy Sahrawat, a lighting TD at Pixar for over 10 years has donated this unassuming, yet glorious piece for The Mother Hen Project. I often ask the artists if they would like to tell me a little about their artwork. In Vandana's own words;

This is a painting of Kathputli puppets found in North India. It was inspired by my memories of India and by how intensely colourful everything is in these memories! The coloured tissue paper here in the USA, with all it's variety and richness, reminds me of the fabrics and festivals in India.I was thinking of the markets where these puppets are hung and I've always been fascinated by the detail in the garments and paint. They all look similar at first, but each has a uniqueness to it. Each is of a certain nature and is probably created to express a certain set of feelings.

Lilac Eve

Natalia Moroz is an internationally renowned fine art printmaker and illustrator, a member of the American Color Print Society and Los Angeles Printmaking Society. Her pieces are confident, striking and rich with meaninng. Mother Hen will be exhibiting and auctioning two of her linocuts; 'Modern Eve' from the Faces of Woman series and 'Scent of Lilac', from the Reflections series.

"My life-long love to poetry had a great impression on my work. Like a short piece of poetry that can say more with less words than a long novel, so an engraving, laconic and powerful, can convey much 'on a limited budget'. I treat a line in linocut as a line in a verse - both should be sharp and precise."

The Curie Cure

"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals." —Marie Curie

Another hand-pulled, hand-lettered and hand-drawn collaboration between Chandler O'Leary of Anagram Press and Jessica Spring of Springtide Press.

Fields of gold

With a background in classical animation and 13 years as a senior animator at ILM, Kim Thompson-Steel now owns her own media company for video editing, graphics and animation consulting and supervising. She also has a keen eye for taking beautiful photographs and is donating two landscapes to the auction.

Murrelet & Loon

Chandler O'Leary graduated from RISD, with a BFA in Illustration. Her work includes books, illustration, graphic design, textiles, letterpress printing and drawing. Chandler's artwork is collected and exhibited internationally. She is also the proprietor, artists, designer and illustrator for Anagram Press. Two prints from her Flock series will be featuring in the auction, 'Marbled Murrelet' and 'Common Loon'.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Three little chicks

I love this original painting by Charu Clark which has been donated to The Mother Hen Project. A delicate and intricate design of young chicks, camouflaged amongst leaves and flowers in beautiful autumnal colors. Charu comments, "The painting is inspired by the Madhubani style of painting from Northern India. Madhubani paintings often depict scenes from nature and day to day life. I like to think that most of us see something as sweet as three little chicks in a garden in our day-to-day life. I doubt most of us do - but wouldn't it be great if we did?" . . . Well maybe you could, if you owned this beautiful painting?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A graphic lot

This striking pencil drawing has been donated by Jessica McMackin, a Pixar employee since 2002.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tree Home

Showcasing here the lyrical artwork of Pixar's Glenn Kim, who is donating five beautiful pieces to The Mother Hen Project. These are all personal works of Glenn, inspired by interactions with and observations of his daughter growing up. In Kim's own words "I have been exploring a child and tree for some reason. I think this has a special meaning to me, as in the tree is like home. Or represents the feeling of home, or that familiarity when you have a home." Glenn's sentiments resonate deeply with the principles of Chicks In Crisis; 'Love, home and family for every child'. The first piece, 'Sam Under Tree', is watercolor on clayboard, the following pieces are digital prints.