I had extra “found” landscapes on hand, and continuing that theme was partly out of necessity as my art sources and studio access got disrupted to varying degrees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
About 15-20% of what I came across ended up working for this particular project. Here are the various reasons why pieces were either non-starters or failed along the way.
This show is the culmination of two years of collecting amateur landscapes in need of a little love.
This calendar’s story is about how the rooster got his crown.
This calendar re-paint is about a story of a farmer who loses a sheep because a wolf snuck through a broken part of a fence.
This calendar re-paint reflects a Chinese folktale about a little monkey who came down from the mountain.
Each of these started off as a giveaway calendar from a Chinese restaurant. I’ve been collecting these and “repainting” them by painting over everything except the main image.
This is the third repaint of a calendar: this time the story I ended up picking is the “Chinese Cinderella”, Ye Xian.
After a passing glance at the mist, it occurred to me that I could fill the rest with a meandering creek to echo the shape of the Great Wall and the mist.
I’ve been looking for interesting things for re-paint projects that wouldn’t involve a nearly-complete re-paint, and this was just the ticket.
Besides doing the ultimate day-for-night rework, I also wrapped the matte in black satin and repainted the frame.
The idea of re-painting otherwise ho-hum art appealed to me as a combination of recycling and redemption. I saw this landscape and instantly thought two things: Sleepy Hollow, or Beetlejuice.