When Group Health Cooperative added a pediatric clinic to their Northgate location in 2013, I was asked to create 10 original paintings to decorate it's examination rooms. My hope was that, more than providing a bit of color, that my artwork would lend comfort to the young patients in the rooms, reminders of friends and happy times. When I visited the clinic eight months later to photograph the paintings, the staff told me that children do indeed love the paintings. Below are 2 slideshows: first of of the paintings, and then framed and installed at the clinic.
Read on to see my original sketches for this project and a little bit more about my working process.
Here're my original sketches for the project. The first thing I did was brainstorm a list of familiar animals and a variety of play activities:
Cats ... playing a game
Raccoons ... playing with toy cars
Squirrels ... playing with blocks
Fish ... playing with a ball and a hula hoop
Rabbits ... ice skating
Beavers ... talking with each other
Dogs ... playing pirates
Otters ... playing with balloons
Birds ... playing musical instruments
It was a joy to create these paintings for the clinic and to know that they are enjoyed every day. If you enjoyed these paintings, please check out my other Seattle area hospital installation at Swedish Hospital First Hill.
Click the link below to watch a quick series of animations that show the drawings fading into the finished paintings.
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