I love sugar skulls. My idea for this drawing also inspired my idea for this entire series of drawings. I wanted to draw a detailed sugar skull and decided I wanted a sort of sun burst background. So I added a kind of antique wallpaper pattern to a sunburst of melaleuca tree bark. Made perfect sense to me. This is also the first piece that I colorized. It was too much fun. My originals are all 16” x 20”. Drawing at this scale has really inspired me. As I worked on this piece I formed a list of ideas in my head and probably never get them all down on paper.
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The Luck Elephant
A few years ago I made a sculpture of an elephant that I was trying to sell at Homegrown in Decatur, GA (A really cool local artist gallery and retail market). Well I made it with the trunk hanging straight down. It was then I learned that it’s considered lucky for an elephant to be depicted with its trunk in the air. That piece hung on that wall for months. So I decided to take it home and change the trunk. It sold just a couple of weeks after that. Lucky, huh? So of course my drawing of the luck elephant has it's trunk up. But I wanted to add a texture that would illustrate the treacherous nature of luck. The elephants skin was inspired a a type of sea coral and I added the fire to add a sense of luck smoldering under the surface almost unattainable.
Errrg. Still haven’t come up with a good color version of this one but I’m sure I will soon. A charging rhinoceros is one of the coolest things in nature unless you’re on the receiving end of their horn. The intensity and veracity are mesmerizing.
Not every death is explained. My idea for this piece was as much about drawing a bunch of pebbles and tree bark as it was about drawing a skeleton. I’ve always liked drawing skulls and skeletons but most of the time I’ve drawn them in art classes as studies or practice for other drawings. Well not anymore, I will definitely be adding more skull and skeleton drawings to this series of drawings.