This just in!! I've recently been informed that we raised a total of $27,000 for Emilie Gossiaux last week. Amazing!!!
This weekend was a truly unique one, and very hopeful evidence that in spite of very trying economic times for everyone right now, there are still very big hearts in New York City - and giving is certainly never out of style.
If you have a moment, I'd like you to click on this link and read about something very horrible that happened to a student at the Cooper Union School of Art recently. http://www.emiliegossiaux.com/
The Art Student Council at CU just put together a completely student-run art benefit for Emilie in the Houghton Gallery at the school yesterday. Current students and alumni joined forces and did a tremendous job. Around 350 pieces were donated to the event, which included a Cash & Carry Sale and Silent Art Auction. All of the proceeds went directly to Emilie's continued recovery, and I'm very pleased to say that the sale of my painting, Train Tripped went towards that cause. It was a truly inspiring day to witness and especially fulfilling to see the sale of artwork going towards such an amazing cause. Wonderful, wonderful. I cannot express it enough.
If you'd like to help Emilie as well, you will find all the information you need in the link I mentioned above.
(Below are some pictures I took while working the event.)
Hey everyone, I'm really excited to finally be able to show you something that explains a bit of what I do in the art world by day. As you know, when I'm not a night owl working on other projects and personal work, I work full time making concept art for television. Because it is 'concept art,' I can never really expose any of it. That would jeopardize the success of the idea. It could take years to see a show idea get off the ground and into your televisions, and so this is why this kind of artwork stays under wraps for so long. I recently came across some work from my early days in this industry and found one of my set designs for the show we now know as "Chopped" on the FoodNetwork.
Originally, I was only showing this to a few close 'foodie' friends for their amusement. (e.g. "oh my god, I LOVE THAT SHOW!!") But I figured it might be nice for you guys to witness this process too. You never know how many things you see around you started off somewhere as a drawing!
I have to say, a one hour commute on the MTA does wonders for a day dreamer. Not that I'm trying to compliment the MTA or anything - I hate the MTA. But I got seriously lost in my head today. I've really been trying to define happiness for myself in order to pursue it better.
And then I came to an impasse when trying to figure out what provides real happiness within one's self - the people in our lives or the achievements in our lives? I feel that both of these things depend inherently on external elements - so that just can't be right. But then any act of meditation just feels too elusive and laborious... dam it.
Maybe the MTA just makes me sad.
Noelle Raffaele - artist