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!!). ***





About "CHICKEN LIVER" and the ruminate Series

"CHICKEN LIVER" (Work in progress) is the first in my "Ruminate" series which feature both food and drink of the up and coming food scene in Charlotte and their creators.  


I had an overwhelming amount of motivation to paint this beautiful plate after corresponding with the creator Matthew Krenz. Heis the Chef of Cuisine at The Asbury in the Dunhill Hotel and ranch manager at Krenz Ranch in Marshville, NC.  I was exposed to his passion as a chef and got a peek at the preparation and ingenuity that goes into each of these plates. I have a good laugh everytime introduce the painting as "CHICKEN LIVER" because they hardly recognize that it is food, let alone that it is a dish is originally composed of chicken liver, oat cracker, nasturtium, poached quail egg, fennel and chickweed.   

This project has already transformed into something I never expected and has become my most important piece of work thus far.  Since I have crazy food allergies I am not able to join in on the foodie scene full force in the way I wish to.  I felt like this series could be one of the greatest ways for me to connect, appreciate and explore the work that these chefs, baristas and mixologists are pouring themselves into day in and day out.

Working on "CHICKEN LIVER"  allowed me to spend hours reflecting, discovering and exploring the limitlessness of my own creativity, but I became fascinated thinking about the uniqueness of each of our individual expressions. We each have our own time and process to craft our lives.   Whether your passion goes on a plate, in a coffee mug, onto a canvas, into a song, onto paper, organizing an event,  developing a new app, drafting business plan or simple tweeting a joke, you are creating. You are creating your life.  Hopefully you are doing so in the best way possible.

As flattering as it has been to hear people tell me “I wish I could paint like that, I can hardly manage a stick figure”, I wish for my art to spark some sort of self recognition for the viewer.  To spark a realization that generating a laugh which dissipates in a matter of seconds or carefully preparing and replicating the same plate over and over only to be devoured in matter of minutes, can create a moment that is more powerful than some medium on big canvas that could outlive us all!   

Because making things disappear can be just as magical as making them appear.   

I completely support Charlotte art community, but my hope for this series is show the importance of crossing unusual paths and ignoring boundaries so that we can build a stronger sense of community and connectedness here in Charlotte.  This will be the first completion of my series titled "Ruminate". Ruminate is a digestive function of a certain group of mammals, like cows, similiar to regurgitation when food hits the stomach but then returns to their mouth for more chewing.  Ruminate is also a term of psychology used to define the obsessive, contemplation we humans go through everyday ie: "chewing the cud".  The second and third paintings will be a nod to beverages and their creators.   (If you have any great cocktails/mixologist, beer/brewers or barista/coffee suggestions, please share!!!!)

 I hope that you will join in on my excitement and follow me on IG/Twitter @cecestronach, like my facebook page and subscribe to my newsletter for updates on this series and some other upcoming events I will be participating in!