If you follow me on instagram, you know that I’m most inspired to paint in the late evening hours. Maybe it’s from the years of staying up late painting as a kid, or after work when I had a separate day job, or the silence of the world fast asleep, but those midnight hours are some of my favorite to dream…
Back in January, I embarked on my first trip out west for an experience that unearthed many beloved childhood memories…
Waking up in sunny, 85 degree Los Angeles during the peak of winter was not a bad way to start a workday. Windows down, we headed to SoapBox Films bright and early to attend the filming of The Muppet’s latest commercial featuring Subway to promote their new movie, Muppets Most Wanted in theaters March 21st.
There’s no other way to describe stepping onto the set other than dreamlike. The real Kermit and Miss Piggy (who had her own dressing area), right there in front of me!
Between the artist who was crafting the most beautiful Subway sandwiches for the film, and the incredible Muppets team (and beautiful set), there was plenty of inspiration to take in. As the team filmed the scenes, I set out to capture a few moments in my sketchbook…
Kermit bringing Miss Piggy her Subway sandwich.
Miss Piggy getting ready for showtime!
Showtime with Kermit and Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy and her Subway sandwich
Post in collaboration with Subway. #PileOnTheVeggies
Elie Saab gown worn by Pink during her Wizard of Oz 75th anniversary tribute to Judy Garland at The Oscars.
“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” – Lupita Nyong’o
I love to imagine. My mind can get lost in just about anything; Taking a walk down the street… imagining what the birds might be chirping to each other… or how a flower blooms each Spring, and how wonderful that must feel after the long snowy winter we’ve had; to come back to life, colorful and radiant, soaking up the returning sun.
As an artist, I believe in taking a closer look at the world, in finding beauty in unlikely places. Like watching a seed blossom into a flower, or a vine unexpectedly sprout roses. Seeing things grow in the yard, in the windowsill, and in the world is what inspires my imagination, and inspires my art.
I created a short animation with Miracle Gro to launch their Gro Something Greater campaign. Imagining a world within the shadows…
Music written and performed by my brother, Ben Rodgers.
As part of the campaign, we’re challenging you to share your own Gro Something Greater story with us. Share your story, and use the hashtag #GroSomethingGreater for a chance to win a Grow Kit. Enter by April 15th- open to US residents only.
When you grow, you grow more than just plants.
In collaboration with Scott’s Miracle Gro.