Friday, August 14, 2015
The Hermit Crabs-Kandi, Piet, Vince, Keith, and Jack
What art teacher likes dull? Well, I sure do not. As I sat at my desk yesterday, I glanced to look at my 4 new hermit crabs moving around in their home. I thought, "Dog, those shells sure are dull." So, I decided to get a paint brush and a little paint. Once I got started, I just could not stop. All artists have been there. Do not deny it.
Here is the beginning of the project. Of course, white was just a base coat. Yes, I found the white to be a little dull, too. So I began exploring other options.
Crab #1-I thought about Wassily Kandinsky's circles. Painting circles on a moving hermit crab seemed fairly easy. Kandi is just loving his colorful circles donning his new paint job.
Crab #2-I thought about Piet Mondrian's squares. Painting lines on a moving crab seemed fairly easy. Piet is "tickled pink" with his new "coat" of paint.
Crab #3-I thought, "Dog, I am tired of painting these moving crabs." So, I asked my art teacher friend, Laura Harrison, to put some paint on #3. When she returned with a Keith Haring painting on the crab's shell, I just fell in love with #3. Unfortunately, a little white paint got on Keith's claw. When I tried wiping the paint off with a washcloth, Keith would jump back in his shell. I guess he is a little skittish about baths. Keith is going with the white "tattoo" on the claw look.
As Laura left my classroom, I asked her did she have any suggestions for Crab #4. She said that I had to do Vincent Van Gogh. I said, "Nope. Not doing that." Then, I googled Van Gogh and saw Starry Night. I decided that painting Starry Night seemed kind of easy. So, Crab #4 soon became Vince.
Crab #5-By this point, I could not take the tedious so I chose to use Jackson Pollock's abstract drip/splatter method. I splattered my sink, my hand, the wall, and yes, the shell. (DC stands for Diet Coke. Note to self on hand with sharpie because I was totally out of my fav soft drink.) Crab #5 was quite small so I opted to name the crab "Jack" for short.
Crab makes me think of lobster. Not just any lobster, but R O C K L O B S T E R!