Pssst... #RuminateCLT has another artist

Before I dive into introducing the new face I just have to say, WHOA.  The past week has been a whirlwind. I spent the weekend trying to put the words together for this blog post and woke up to this wonderful write-up by Happenings CLT on The Ruminate Project and Post-It Goats.   SO MANY FEELS as I am discovering that other people are connecting to my vision with The Ruminate Project.    You can still join the collabaaah!-ration, support #RuminateCLT by getting or sending a goat, HERE.  And now onto more exciting things: 


Craig is an original TRIPLE-B:  Bearded. Bespectacled. Brazen. He is a family man, has been local to Charlotte for 25 years and he believes that Mirado Black Warrior is the finest pencil every made.  Don't worry I have never heard of it either-- but it must be worth looking into if Craig says so! 

I met Craig after seeing his doodles of FutoButa ramen on instagram and basically said "HEY CRAIG. I AM CECE, lookie here we are both creating arts of Charlotte food....  Let's find the best looking, best tasting food in Charlotte and create arts"

It was a no-brainer and we immediately began research... research as in bike ride 4 Joe's Doughs, goat + ramen pun fun with Futobuta... and sometimes even eating a 7-course dinner of desserts by the fabulous Ashley Boyd @ 300 East ( kudos to the great Joel Tracy on that set up)

It is impossible for me to produce enough art to do Charlotte's culinary cuisine scene or The Ruminate Project justice, so I have been lucky enough to find a genius art partner in this RUMINATION.   We are both thrilled about bringing a different perspective to the table of the beautiful things that these chefs and food entrepreneurs are doing to influence our city's culture and community, while also having the opportunity to showcase the contrast of our individual creative expression. 



#RuminateCLT will be in exhibition at Free Range Brewery Septmeber 28 - November 9th and will feature both of our chef + artist collaborations.  
Details on opening reception, and other fun details to follow in the coming months.


Until then....


Connect with us on social media for daily updates, tweet us, tag us, share ideas with us.   

Keep an eye on @PostItGoats for more photos of the beautiful "YOUR QUOTE + MY GOAT" Collabaaaah!-rations to start looping  back to social media from their snail mail travels. 

Follow Craig: @breadczar @breadczar 

Follow Cece: @cecestronach  @cecestronach

Follow Post-It Goats:  @PostItGoats  @PostItGoats

Hashtags defined:

#RuminateCLT: The name of the collection of arts created by Craig and I. Follow and tag for Post-It Goat updates and all-things related to The Ruminate Project

 #theartofpaintingplates: Follow for on-going progress of Cece's paintings and Craig's drawings


C'mere, lemme introduce you to Post-It Goats

"You pick the note and I pick the goat"

Post-It Goat Origin


After discovering one of my dear friends, Jen Malone, has a love for goats I made a fun little surprise doodle of a goat to throw in with the commissioned piece I did for her.   After drawing a few more goats doodles on post-it notes... I realized Post-It Goats is a great pun, and it can also become a fun way to publicize the project, creatively collaborate with more people and to have a little kick-start fundraiser for my work with The Ruminate Project.  


And now a short lesson in Animal Husbandry....  

Goats are a ruminant species of mammal.  They undergo a different digestion process than humans do. In order to acquire nutrients from their food they chew plant food, swallow once and the food undergoes a slight fermentation process in the stomach changing it into "cud".  The cud is then brought back up to the goat's mouth for further chewing and finally swallowed a second time for optimal, total digestion. 



What Does That Have To Do With My Paintings And The Ruminate Project?

 "Chewing the cud" is a figure of speech that we use to describe being deep in thought, muddling over a decision... and possible hesitation.  Often this can get in our way, especially in terms of expressing our passion and creativity.  One layer of hopes I have for The Ruminate Project is to inspire those who have been "chewing the cud" for much too long to finally swallow up and have the courage to take their next bite!!


Get Involved.


This is a small scale example of what #RuminateCLT is all about and a chance for EVERYONE to get involved.  


This is the potentially the most important part of the entire Ruminate Project.  There are so many layers to this project, beyond art and beyond food, I want everyone to join in, collaborate and follow along with us while we follow along with you.  Help create, discuss, laugh and be involved with this project because creating connectedness beyond the borders is what The Ruminate Project is really all about. 

I want this become social CREATION!  Are secretly fond of somebody? Mail your goat as a love note. Pick an inspirational quote and put your goat in a frame on your bathroom wall, send a goat abroad or for real,  I am willing to make a singing, dancing Post-It Goat delivery on my bike (extra fees may apply)..... Whatever you decide to do with your Post-It Goat is up to you, but get creative and SHOW US WHAT YOU DO.    Snap a picture, post it on Instagram/Tweet it to: @PostItGoats and hashtag #RuminateCLT and it will be reposted for the world to see.   I hope to accumulate enough to create a larger piece of art based on y'alls creations!! 


A final note and thanks

When I began developing this project about 4 months ago, I never imagined that Ruminate would keep ballooning as much as it has.  I have filled that balloon with so much passion and commitment to doing #RuminateCLT justice.   I am using the Post- It Goat campaign and sales as another way for me to accumulate the extra money it takes to support such a project. **All of the profits from Post-It Goat sales are going directly towards purchasing materials and supplies as I prepare the final pieces for an up-coming gallery show (We will talk more about this VERY SOON!!). ***





Exclusive Prints Available For Purchase

Happy Weekend!!!

I'm super excited to announce that giclee prints of "Stone Eggs" and "CHICKEN LIVER" are now available for purchase.   Prints of "CHICKEN LIVER" are only available for a very limited time.  The giclee prints will be on Somerset Velvet paper, they will be crisp, bright and will be archival for up to 90 years.

CHICKEN LIVER orders must be submitted before * 8am on Monday, June 29, 2015 *

Stone Eggs will remain available beyond that deadline





1. Choose the title and sizes you would like to purchase. 

2. Fill in and submit the information in the form below (I only need the SHIPPING ADDRESS, I will not be taking credit card/billing information)

3. This info will be directed to me and with the email you have provided I will send an invoice through Square and there you will process a secure credit card transaction for the prints. *Discounts will be applied with invoice*

4. You will receive shipment confirmation from me once the prints have been shipped. 

5. Wait patiently for the prints to arrive at your door!!


Until I have my online shop up and running, I hope for this to be a simple solution.  Email me if you have any issues, questions or inquiries on purchasing original art, prints or commissions


Stay tuned more updates coming soon on The Ruminate Project!! 

Cece Stronach 

Twitter: @cecestronach

IG: @cecestronach


tiny update on The Ruminate Project

The past couple of weeks have been an incredible experience bringing this project together, it just keeps getting better and better everyday.  

The hope is that The Ruminate Project becomes a unique link between the booming food culture and the creative community in Charlotte.  I'm reaching out to local chefs/bakers/mixologist/baristas, new restaurants, some of the new pop-ups concepts as well to create art based on some of their concoctions.  I do want to capture their work onto my canvas', but beyond that my main goal is to bring more attention to the passion and creativity oozing from the creators onto our plates to be devoured in a matter of minutes. 

Social media has created a very thrilling buzz for all of us to feel included in the sharing, connecting and exploring for the foodie community, but I think it is important to balance out that tech-interaction overload with objects and with people in order to connect more dots and create a better identity.  By enlarging the plates or mugs or coups on canvas I hope it also widens the lens of our community to see the fuel that the cuisine itself is giving to the cultural metamorphosis the entire city is experiencing. 

Giant thank you to everyone who has shown support and shared belief in this project.  Finally having the sense that others agree that The Ruminate Project can be and is BIGGER THAN THE ART is just about the best thing EVER. 

I have lots of very exciting news to share in the coming weeks as the plans start rolling out.  Stay tuned and get involved with The Ruminate Project by following me on twitter and instagram!

Best to all, Cece Stronach



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