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Latest Project…

Alice In Wonderland project illustration ... Page 85 www.150alice.com
Alice In Wonderland project illustration … Page 85 http://www.150alice.com

I had an amazing time creating this piece for the Alice in Wonderland project. It is for a coffee table book that will be printed in Norway.

The project is described by the creators as this…

 

150Alice is a project celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  We have brought together 150 brilliant illustrators from around the world that have each created a single page for this 300-page book.

The project promotes the illustrators’ art in a unique way and gives them an opportunity to create a masterpiece together. It provides them a platform to give back to the community by expressing themselves and sharing their talent with the world.

Lewis Carroll created Wonderland, and the story surrounding it, out of his love of entertaining children. His story gained great success and 150 years later is still enjoyed by children all over the world.

We are here to drive forward Lewis Carroll’s idea of encouraging art and creativity among children. At 150Alice, all profits from this book will be donated to educating children in China and Mongolia about art and creativity. With your generous support, we can help a generation of children develop a more vivid imagination.

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I would like to thank both Sig and Thomas for letting me work on such an important project.

Please visit and support this project at http://www.150alice.com

Thanks so much!

Erin

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The Story Emporium is Closing its doors

Hello all. I write today with some bitter news. The Story Emporium is closing its doors. It was a wonderful 2 years at The Hope Artiste Village however It seems I create art so much better in the privacy of my own home. I will be moving my art studio into my house. I want to thank everyone who participated in the success of The Story Emporium. Please know that without you, it’s success wouldn’t have been possible. I say it’s success because although I am closing it, it was very successful. Successful in the sense that it made so many people smile and so many people connect. This is a very personal decision for me and it is because of my personal needs that I am moving my art home. I do so many shows on the road and will keep my art shows posted here on my blog. I did a few new paintings last weekend at home because like I said, its where I work best. Here they are….

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Have a great day and please, keep following. Just because The Story Emporium doors have closed does not mean my creativity has 😉

Erin T Whalen

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Clown Cluster is finished and up for sale!

Here is the finished piece that I posted about earlier. Let me know what you think… leave a comment. Thanks!

Clown Cluster ... a bit crooked after too much drink
Clown Cluster … a bit crooked after too much drink

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Under New Ownership… well half of it anyway ;)

Hello everyone….

I am writing to tell you that The Story Emporium has added another owner making it twice the fun! We would like to officially welcome Mara Berkely … a children’s author to our bookstore! She will be running the smaller children’s activities with her space called “Words + Pictures”. Children can come in and illustrate children’s books on their own or if they choose they can look at an illustration and write their own text! Her goal to bring to The Story Emporium is teaching how children’s picture books are created. 

While you are visiting you can peruse her gallery of old writer tools and learn how the business of writing has changed over the years. 

We are also welcoming back visiting authors where you can purchase tickets (their book) beforehand and join in on an author (or illustrator)  Q&A. Some of these author visits will have crafts as well. At the end of the visit the Author or Illustrator (or both) will sign your book! 

Erin T Whalen will continue to be there however she will primarily be illustrating and teaching art techniques. We thought it would be wise to split the space between author and illustrator so the children can choose which they would like to focus on. 

We are creating a calendar of events now as well as a summer program for kids of all ages. This calendar will be posted soon. If you would like a personal call or email when our events are ready please feel free to email thestoryemporium@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for your patience while we underwent this difficult transition… difficult but WELL worth it! 

Until we speak again, keep reading and imagining!

The Story Emporium Staff

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Clown Cluster Coming Along…

Clown Cluster
The Clown Cluster

I have been working on this clown cluster for about 3 days and only that long because painting is going slow. Sometimes it does that. I finally got into it by the time I made it over to the purple clown. Each one still has lots of detail work to be done but I wanted to show you the progress so far. This one measures 20 inches x 24 inches!!! Enjoy!

Erin T Whalen

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More snow = More creative time!!!

New England is looking at another winter storm and while most people are upset about it, I’m kind of excited. What’s better than hunkering down for 24 hours and painting, writing, or reading? Nothing that what! So the plan is to get to the studio and grab some supplies to enjoy while the snow falls. Lots of good food for the family and quiet time together…. so nice!

Here is the status of the painting in my last post. Slow going but will definitely be finished today and hopefully if the weather permits he will be for sale at THE STORY EMPORIUM on Saturday.

This is the player... and he is almost done!
This is the player… and he is almost done!

Until next time…. hopefully Saturday!!!!

Erin T Whalen

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ALL Paintings at The Story Emporium are for sale… With 2 new additions….

Hello my fellow clown lovers! I spent a good part of last night putting together 2 new paintings to display at  The Story Emporium this Saturday. I have also decided to go ahead and put some price tags on the art work that wasn’t previously for sale so if you had been eyeing any of those pieces Saturday is the time to come grab them. I will post all of them here although the pricetags I put on them elude me right now… I’m typing from my comfy bed. 🙂

Starting with my newest clown from last night I will show you him raw (sketch) and then collage … to be painted today. I did work late last night but had to take a break and enjoy a cocktail. So as promised… he will be painted today.

This is my "Closed" clown. He cannot speak because his mouth has been shut with that contraption on it... you can't read his eyes to know what he is thinking simply because he has a wall up so high you don't know what is going on his head. Are his tears from frustration? Fear? Pain? Anger? Who knows... he'll never tell. He'll never open up to anyone and because of this he will never feel love.... because he refused to let anyone in or out... so he is what we call "The Player"
This is my “Closed” clown. He cannot speak because his mouth has been shut with that contraption on it… you can’t read his eyes to know what he is thinking simply because he has a wall up so high you don’t know what is going on his head. Are his tears from frustration? Fear? Pain? Anger? Who knows… he’ll never tell. He’ll never open up to anyone and because of this he will never feel love…. because he refuses to let anyone in or out… he is what we call “The Player”
Drying now and prepped for painting.
Drying now and prepped for painting. The word closed appears over his head because he is just that … a closed book. Unreadable. He plays his hand of cards well although this doesn’t serve his own best interests it keeps him protected from ever feeling real love. So he is destined to walk through his life alone.

I did this one last night and is still in the laying out stage…

Clowns.... I don't have a name for this one yet but the idea is forming. I played with layouts last night. I will definitely incorporate the film roll you see in the two corners and some empty polaroid pictures on the floor above the painting. The three clowns I'm using represent drinking, withdrawal, and the emotionally unavailable. The film strip represents the history that lead these clowns to be who they are today. This will also be finished and available this Saturday for open studio from 11- 2
Clowns…. I don’t have a name for this one yet but the idea is forming. I played with layouts last night. I will definitely incorporate the film roll you see in the two corners and some empty polaroid pictures on the floor above the painting. The three clowns I’m using represent drinking, withdrawal, and the emotionally unavailable. The film strip represents the history that lead these clowns to be who they are today. It will possibly be framed in an old chainsaw chain representing how untouchable the emotionally unavailable are. This will also be finished and available this Saturday for open studio from 11- 2

After these are complete I will working on custom pieces for three new clients. If you or anyone you know is interested in having a custom piece made you can contact me at 401-316-3062 or email erintwhalen@gmail.com

Thanks so much for following and enjoying my artwork. When others look forward to my new pieces I find myself even more excited to continue creating.

Erin T Whalen

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New Art Show Schedule Posted

Hello everyone. Once again the elusive artist comes out of hiding. I have posted my Art Shows and Book signings for 2013 on the “Art Shows” link. It may change as the times come closer so be sure to check back for updates. This year you can expect to see the Clown Asylum Series completed as well as my cast of characters from “A Trashy Novel” I will also sprinkle random seasonal characters throughout the year to put up for sale! I think 2013 will be a GREAT year for some very interesting paintings. As always… thank you for your support!

Framed and Ready to Sell!
Framed and Ready to Sell!

Erin T Whalen

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Another finished Creepy Clown from My “Clown Asylum” series of paintings

Halloween Withdrawal Clown from "Clown Asylum" series of paintings
Halloween Withdrawal Clown from “Clown Asylum” series of paintings

I am pretty sure I haven’t posted this guy finished yet so here it is in all its creepy glory. He is the Clown that represents the withdrawal I get when Halloween goes away. I miss it so much! He is just one of the many phobia clowns I am creating in my “Clown Asylum” series. Once all of them are completed I will put them into a  printed collection however each original clown painting is for sale to any art collector who is interested. Just email me at erintwhalen@gmail.com. (He still has to be mounted on his unique frame but you’ll have to visit The Story Emporium to see him.)  All of my clown paintings will be displayed at The Story Emporium so feel free to come and visit on any Saturday from 9-1. For directions go to www.thestoryemporium.org

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Santa to Visit The Story Emporium THIS Saturday!!!

Its true! It’s that time of year again and Santa is making his rounds to visit all the children and adults that have patiently waited for him all year long! I managed to get a hold of him and ask him to stop in The Story Emporium to see my little visitors and he said YES! He will be visiting us from 10-1 on Saturday the 15th AND 10-1 on Saturday the 22nd!!! Come and get your photo with Santa then sign up for a special private story time with Santa along with milk and cookies — but hurry because space is limited to only 20 children. To sign up be the first to show up at The Story Emporium. We open at 9am.

We can’t wait to see you there!!!