Last week at Bonnaroo was amazing, the absolute best weather ever (besides the rain on the last day). The drum came out amazing, my nibsburner wood burner worked better than hoped and I was able to add more detail than originally anticipated. It was raffled off to the very lucky Colin in New York who is a musician. I am glad that it went to someone who will both love and play it.
Om Invocation: Dance of the Devas was designed with music in mind. Inspired by India, Hindu concepts, and undulating line. I was able to add detail coloring with watercolor and some gold leaf before the final clear coats to seal it.
All in all it was a great Bonnaroo, although I only made it to see part of the Shins and Fun(who were great!!). Below is the lucky winner of this piece: Collin.
This next week I will be at Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester Tennessee, working in collaboration with Stan from Build a Drum (www.buildadrum.com) I will illustrate a huge drum with pyrography (wood-burn) techniques. I will be doing my demo in the central venue between This Tent and Which Stage.
In preparation I purchased a new burning tool from Nibsburner.com which will greatly increase my speed and precision. I cannot wait to get started on this mammoth undertaking. This will also be the biggest show I've participated in with some 80,000 young people in attendance.
I have been very interested in Hindu spiritualism and my concept for this piece will reflect my research.
Om Invocation: Dance of the Devas will revolve around the idea that the universe is made up of Consciousness (Shiva) and Energy (Parvati) ruled by Science, Wisdom, and the Arts (Ganesha).
I want to utilize this blog to explore expressing my ideas, and to define an art movement born of a collective love of Near and Far Eastern cultures.