"The Arizona Mandala Band" Gem and Jam 2020 art piece
Hello and Happy Monday!
As I prepared for my first live paint of 2020; at Gem and Jam in Arizona, I decided last minute on a whim to start and end a piece in just under 2 weeks!! I might have been crazy, but I accomplished it!! This is my fastest piece made to date (I still spent about 130 hours on it, just all crunched into 2 weeks). I am super proud of myself that I was able to do it!
It all started with Gem and Jam requiring all artists to start and end a piece at the festival and then it goes up for auction Sunday at the fest and the proceeds go to a charity of their choice. I had never done this before(finished a painting at the polished level I usually do in 3 days), and I started sketching out a piece to prepare and ended up loving it so much I decided to finish it BEFORE the Jam and start a different piece there. Time was stretched so thin, but I made it!! YAY!
I give you "The Arizona Mandala Band" 20in x 20in on stretched canvas. All animals in the piece are native to Arizona. I had never heard of a Gila Monster before researching my piece! (then again, I know people who have never heard of Norwhal's either lol so we are all always learning new things everyday.)
I thought it would be magical to make them all singing or playing instruments :) and thus the band was born. (yes some are blowing bubbles, but they are SONG bubbles!!)
My Gem and Jam piece I do there will be a spin off of the piece I just completed, so they will kinda go together in a way :)
When I return from my trip (I leave today to start my 2 day trek so I may not be commenting on this..), I will make a post sharing my festival adventure and share with you my sister piece to this one!
Enjoy your week steamians!!