Hello again art lovers!
I hope all is well in your worlds.
I know, its been a while since I’ve posted a new blog entry. I wish I could say that I’ve been painting for the duration of my M.I.A status, but I haven’t. You see, I began painting the “Kakhati” art around the simple theme of laughter. Kakhati is a Sanskrit word from ancient India that roughly translates into English as “Laugh out loud”. Anyway, after working through a few pieces, I felt like “Kakhati” could be enriched and possibly even flourish if a little more thought was thrown into the mix. With this in mind, I attempted something new. I wrote an epic for source material.
Don’t bet me wrong, I know other artists like William Blake, have been fond of combining their painting and writing talents to make more elaborate works, but I’ve never really utilized the combination. Writing has always been one of my great hobbies and truthfully, I’ve probably written much more than I’ve painted this year, so it seemed natural to assimilate the hobby into my work.
I’ve only completed a few newer pieces and they’re little more than quick studies, but now that my epic is finished, I have a treasure trove of rich, fanciful imagery stored up in the ol’ dream machine. The tale centers around an amnesiac who lives alone on an island. As a result of a frustrating, zen-like conversation with a hungry pelican that swooped down to steal his roasted fish, the amnesiac is charged with a perilous quest and dubbed the “Old fool”. The old fool must find the black wolf that carries the stolen of bag of countless treasures. Inside the bag are three items which will console the weeping dragon.
As you may be able to imagine, I am very excited about the upcoming paintings featuring a selection of imaginative scenes from the epic. I’m still not sure whether I want to use oil paint for realism, or watercolor for a more whimsical approach to the imagery, so I’ll probably do both. A long-time friend and collector of my work phoned the other day, and after hearing about the project, he graciously offered to provide the funding for most of the supplies I needed. I happily accepted the support, so it’ll only be a matter of time, before the old fool’s adventure is translated into visual art.
To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.