CSA II: Tender Soles Farm

Live ink wash comic, October 2018

I was fortunate to be invited to participate in the Harlow Gallery’s CSA II project, a second round of matching up Maine artists and farmers to produce new artwork. My pairing was with Tender Soles Farm of Richmond, and the highlight of my participation in the project was a live comic I made at the Harlow’s opening reception.

To create the piece, I combed through the sketches and photo references I collected at the farm throughout the summer. I also pulled choice quotes from an interview I conducted with Rich Lee of Tender Soles. With a handful of potential images and quotes ready, I set up my materials for the opening and allowed the creative process to unfold live during the event.

Brainstorming, sketching, and producing a work in the center of a space full of people and amazing fully finished artwork from other participating artists was a bit nerve-racking at first. But once I got into the flow of drawing and painting, the rest fell into place.

CSA II Framed

Rich and his partner Kate were excited to watch the piece unfold, and I was happy to find that they were pleased with the finished results. Ultimately we had the comic framed so it can live at their farm.