I worked on the composition of next sculpture, which will incorporate painting in the background. As "round" pre-stretched canvas come only in certain sizes, I gave more time in the preparation, so that the finished piece would go well with a 20" round canvas that I was going to purchase for this project. I will sleep over this tonight. It will be a lot easier if I return to the original idea of using a rectangular canvas for the background.
Here is the second prototype of Fukunokami Jar. In Japanese folklore, the God of Good Fortune wears a beret, and this piece portrays that tradition. I'll make a few more models with different hats and then decide which one works the best for production. Meanwhile I'm enjoying the creative process.
Some of you may remember that I asked for your input regarding what the little buddhas should lean against. You suggested something soft and comfy. In order to give that illusion, I covered the clay surface with dried tea leaves and lichen called old man's beard. The sculpture makes me think of spring. Stay warm, everyone!
This is my first prototype of a "Fukunokami" jar. I used a silicon mold to make the bottom jar, and the lid was hand-built. I want to play around with this idea and at the same time practice giving aged or dug-up look to the piece. Please look forward to it.
Here is a piece that will hopefully warm you up from the inside out in this cold cold winter. When I was small, I went to collect fireflies in rice fields. It was something I should have never done as they died quickly outside of their habitat. I recollected such childhood memory while coloring the figures.
About "Art in Process"
This page is an window for you to see my creative process. I would like to encourage you to leave your comments here. I hunger for a conversation with you about my art. What kind of emotions or thoughts did my art provoke you? What did you like/dislike? What viewpoint do you agree/disagree to? Your honest feedback will feed my art going forward. Thank you.