"Piggy-Cat Ride" - acrylic on aquabord, 16" x 20". Ready to frame. Available here and at Artfinder.
The studio has gone wild. I no longer have creative control. Wait - did I ever? Probably not. :)
It started with some gorgeous big cats in Japanese art. And then a book on Japanese art cats from the Morikami. And a board that needed painting over, and words playing tricks in my head until "piggy-back ride" became "piggy-cat ride" and well now there you have it...shenanigans and malarkey.
But I also learned you can carve into aquabord (the fake writing is carved into the paint) and make quite a nicely textured effect. So there are some redeeming qualities to this piece of whimsy. And it makes me smile.
And now I am diving into The Hokusai Sketch-Books (James A. Michener) and I never want to emerge.
My dad was a huge fan of Hokusai, but of his well-known fancy pieces, elegant and supreme. I don't think he knew about the sketch-books, which are wildly whimsical, animated and quirky, to my surprise and delight.
Hundred upon hundreds of sketches - grasses, trees, architecture, people, animals, mythological creatures and even a gunstock or two.
The copy I managed to buy is from 1962. It was originally a graduation gift to someone (based on the inner inscription). Oddly wonderful that 1962 is the year of my birth, so I figure this magical book was meant to drop into my hands eventually.
The book demands hours of study. But more than that, it reminds us that sketch-books are an important part of artistry - a place where ideas can be explored and refined, practiced and perfected.
Don't tell that to the pig and the cat, though. Shhhhh.