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Leaigh Pawling in IndependentNEPA Magazine

The Independent Magazine a fantastic local magazine saluting and encouraging creativity and culture in northeastern Pa came out this week. Jim O'Connell - creative director of the magazine - wrote a super article on the mural works I've done on the second block of South Main St.
You can read it by clicking here.

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Rothko Altar

Mark Rothko is the centerpiece of my altar - his calming paintings blew me away when I saw them at his retrospective in DC years ago. The scale of the works - the progression of his palette from light to dark as he progressed into his depression was hauntingly beautiful. One of these days I really want to see the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas.

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From Blueprints to Art

Here's a huge machine - that prints on plastic which is the underlying foundation for the artwork which will hang in the board room of I2M which stands for Innovation to Manufacturing. The press from Italy is gigantic and seeing it at the Crestwood Industrial Park, helped me to understand the blueprints. Certain areas in the work took on an abstract feeling.

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Pediatric Mural

Going to the doctor or dentist is never at the top of ones list of favorite things to do - however, when I do go, I take in the reception area - and artwork helps the visit immensely. It amazes me the power of art - it truly can heal - in more ways than one..... hopefully this new mural in a local pediatric hospital will have such an impact.

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Mural Manifestation

Visualization, vision boards, and writing your dreams down are powerful tools for manifestation. A couple years ago I did a study for a mural never actualized which illustrates the nine wolf rules from Clarissa Pinkola Estes book 'Women who Run with Wolves". The rules tell how to regain or maintain a sense of balance and are as follows: Eat, Rest, Rove in Between, Render Loyalty, Love the Children, Cavil in Moonlight, Tend to the Bones...

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Four Flowers for Four Girls

Have you ever heard the question - "if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?" Well, this is the question that popped in my head but slightly differently. My lastest commission has come to fruition based on this quesion: "if each of your four girls were a flower, what kind of flower would they be?" The answer came back - Calla lilly for the oldest daugther, Dahlia and sunflower for the middle girls and tulip for the youngest.

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E.H Shepard for Anna Katherine

E.H.Shepard illustrated the original Winnie the Pooh book. Today I finished a mural for the nursery of the soon to be Anna Katherine who will be arriving on the scene in February. While painting her mural I was able to look out the window and see the similar colors Shepard used - although Winnie, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Kanga, Tigger and good ol, Christopher weren't included.

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Peloton

When I was asked to do this commission years ago, I didn't grasp the concept of working as a team to get to a higher ground. In a peloton, one leads for awhile and then when tired another biker rides up to take the on wind for the good of the group. I understand more and more the idea of sharing life with others, of asking for help when needed as opposed to doing it all alone. So many people help me on a daily basis and I am so grateful.

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