Thursday, August 07, 2008

Sneak Preview! And heeeere's Bigfoot

I think our cultural references say a lot. An older generation may see the cryptozoological specimen known as "Bigfoot" or "Sasquatch" in my newest Original Finger Painting and a younger generation probably sees...a Wookiee.

That's right. For the non-geek speakers out there, a Wookiee is the species to which Chewbacca from Star Wars belongs.

The truth is, Bigfoot came first. Same with the Abominable Snowman (which also figures in Star Wars when Luke Skywalker is almost eaten by one on the planet Hoth). George Lucas (and certainly Joseph Campbell, the mythologist, advising) created his characters based on the beings that have always surrounded us and it's a powerful thing that his creations have usurped the place of the originals in our cultural landscape.

So I did what I could to make my vision of Sasquatch different and I think I've mostly succeeded. The hairy men of our legends and scary stories will always look similar to each other.

For the Sasquatch painting, I've used more Western conventions--the name (and words are something I rarely use in my art; I was a freelance writer for over ten years before turning to art, so now I'm giving nonverbal expression the run of the farm) is written on a sun-worn banner with a stylized "Old West" font and the background is spotted with puffy clouds.

I've kept some similarity to the Yeti painting with the background use of color I'm borrowing from Japanese prints, and this time I'm using the green I had thought about using. It provides a nice contrast to the reddish hair of Mr. Bigfoot here.

(A note on the names on the banners: I'm choosing to use indigenous names for these creatures, so they're "Yeti" and "Sasquatch" respectively, instead of "Abominable Snowman" and "Bigfoot.")

Both of these paintings won't be offered through any of my self-representing online venues (like eBay and Etsy) currently, but instead will be sold through Cantaloop OC during Art at The 'Loop and for the duration that it hangs there. Feel free to contact them to purchase these paintings and they'll be happy to ship it to you wherever you live or hold it for pick up if you're down in Southern California.

When I offer the paintings, clicking the images will link you to contact information for Cantaloop OC. Easy peasy!

And now, I'm craving some watermelon. It's summer, after all.

Invite Beauty,

I.


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