Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Sneak Preview! Abominably Fabulous

Aaaah!

Okay, something about this painting just activates my cute response. I really enjoyed painting this and even did a happy dance when I was done. That's rare (as I wrote in a previous post, making art is akin to meditation, not a passionate activity).

Here you see my love of Japanese prints come through with the design elements. I almost added a green gradation from the bottom on up or from the top on down, which would have made it more in line with the snow scene prints I admire (one on a greeting card my dear friend, Joe Palmer, sent me, and which has hung framed before my desk for the last three or four years).

However, I decided to keep the palette and composition simple to evoke a more pop-graphic-cartoony goodness to this piece, reminiscent of another Original Finger Painting, Fugu!

Part of the reason for this aesthetic choice is I've been invited to join Art Show at The 'Loop--an exhibit co-hosted, -sponsored, and -curated by Cantaloop OC and Cal Shabu (my brother's restaurant)--and including the talents of Emily Miles, Jeremiah Ketner, Marisa Haedike (Creative Thursday), and Stef Choi.

The venue for the show will be Cantaloop OC, a hip, new frozen yogurt shop with a taste for pop art--and at Art Show at The 'Loop, there will be a taste for some spiked frozen yogurt! That's right--their famous piña colada yogurt will have rum in it; chocolate yogurt will be laced with Kahlúa. It'll be a night of desserts for the grownups!

This is going to be fun. I may not make it down to the reception due to other plans, but I'm honored and happy to contribute my art. This Yeti painting will be matched with a Bigfoot/Sasquatch piece reflecting the West (as the Yeti painting reflects the East), which I'm working on today.

And because you know I do research for my paintings, I did find a photograph of that infamous Yeti scalp kept in a Tibetan monastery. I saw a photograph of the scalp when I was a child and it always stuck with me, so it was a walk down Memory Lane to see it again.

Anyway, it was brown and according to some accounts, a russet color in sunlight. Not exactly the polar-bear white the scientifically-minded would have thought! Regardless, I have taken artistic license to present the Yeti in its winter coat. The ridge of hair running along its forehead to the back of its neck isn't readily visible due to the profile perspective of the portrait, but the scalp in the photographs I found looked pretty short-haired to me and wouldn't be seen easily from a side view.

Alright, enough excited babbling. Back to the easel to unleash Sasquatch!

Invite Beauty,

I.


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