Public Art Projects

Dedham Little Free Library — 2015

Very excited to volunteer to paint a Little Library for Dedham in July 2015. My library is titled: Head In The Clouds, Feet In The Trees. As an avid reader of fiction (and some non-fiction), I believe everyone should experience the wonder of getting lost in a book — in a world not like our own, where imagination can run wild and take you to new places. The dual nature of these libraries as works of art and literacy made this a project I was excited to be involved in. I approached this project without a plan, open to where the library would take me, like an adventure book from childhood. This piece is a mixture of spray paint and wood paint.

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Utility Box Work — 2012 to 2013

This box was started in September 2012 as part of a request by Dedham Shines to help illustrate to the Town of Dedham what utility box artwork was. The initial request was for only the front of the box to be done.

Priming the box

Laying out the flowers

Adding some details

The final front  with black line

In 2013 many requests came in to see the remaining portions of the box done. On June 9, 2013 I spent 8 hrs painting the two sides of the box. There is a slight difference in the sky blue that was used, as well as a change in grass color. This difference in color does not bother me in the least, as the black line and style is what ties everything in as being of the same design. Many people have asked if the front of the box has faded at all, and it has not. The colors are exactly the same as when I painted them almost a year ago. This is a great testament to the materials used.  Below are the most recent images from June 9, 2013.

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Overall the front and two sides took a total of 16 hrs. There is still one final side (the back) to tackle, which I plan to do this September and I anticipate this taking roughly 8 hrs to do. I worked with an all purpose primer that can be used on an array of substrates. Paint was artists acrylic by Dick Blick as well as Liquitex series 1 (all paints are lightfastness 1), mixed with Liquitex Matte Gel Medium for fluidity as well as water resistance. Black line was done with Golden Acrylics Carbon Black (my top choice for black paint, also mixed with Liquitex Matte Gel Medium), and finally a varnish of Liquitex Gloss Varnish for a permanent coating over the paint. I will follow up with a non-permanent Liquitex Matte Soluvar spray varnish that can be removed with Mineral Spirits should graffiti artists decide to “enhance” my art. The underlying permanent varnish will protect the paint.

original sketch

Dedham Public Art Project — Rabbits 2012

Finished Rabbit. He lived at Whole Foods in Dedham for a few months before being auctioned off.

May 11, 2012

Part TWO of my rabbit timelapse!

May 9, 2012

Weeeee! Dropping off my rabbit this Friday to the Ernie Boch Collision Center for a clear coat!

May 1, 2012

The rabbit is finished! Hurray!! Unveiling at Open Studios May 20th from 11am to 5pm!!

A great interview with the Globe!!

April 2, 2012

It’s been a few months now and I’m making headway on the bunny. Here is an awesome and fun video timelapse of phase 1.

February 29th, 2012

Have you visited the Dedham Square Artist Guilds blog? You should! There you will find awesome updates and artist interviews. Like this awesome update on the bunny!

The painting has begun and will continue through April.

(photos by Kerry Hawkins)

photo by kerry hawkins   

February 16, 2012

The rabbit I affectionately call Dave B. Unny has moved from the Dedham Community Theatre to his new location, ready to be painted. He will live at the old Cheeky Diva storefront on Washington street for the next few months as I get him pretty.

Dave B. Unny in his new home.

I had to check him out to see what needs fixin’ before I start paintin’

Two very strong gentlemen carried him from the DCT to his new home.

January 2012

Some great things are happening in the town of Dedham for 2012. The Public Art Project has started up and I have been chosen to be the first artist to paint a crouching bunny. These bunnies are roughly 4ft high and 5ft long. I will begin painting this bunny in an empty storefront in Dedham Square in February. Check out some recent articles on the project:

As I’ve been thinking about this for a while, I decided to come up with some fun designs to possibly make stickers out of.

This first one is inspired by my style of painting.

This next bunny is inspired by Alice in Wonderland, just via the vintage/victorian texture.

Some more bunny designs in Square




3d atari style!



Can’t wait to start painting the bunny for real.

Photo courtesy of Kerry Hawkins © 2012

All photos courtesy of Kerry Hawkins ©  2012

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