All of my art and ideas come from the same place. They come from channeling spirit.
When I’m in nature I often get visions and flashes of ideas that put me in direct communication with spirit. To honour these experiences I do what I can to make the visions a reality.
I had a vision of merging my body with a bird body, which is the basis of the ‘Red Bird Body Painting’ piece. I approached body painter and makeup artist Sue Upton to see if she would collaborate with me on this project. She is a powerful creative force, so I knew that we could come up with a way to make this happen.
Here are some of the preliminary sketches as we try to figure out how this idea is going to become a reality…
Once we figured out a pose and a composition for the piece, we had to figure out what the bird would look like. Here are some of the sketches showing the various birds that were considered before finally deciding on the final one.
Here is the final bird painting…
This is a life size canvas bird painting, which serves as the backdrop for the body painting.
Although I am a painter myself, I felt it was important for Sue Upton to paint the bird so that it would match her body painting style. She did an excellent job.
Creating this piece was a two day job.
There was a lot of preliminary work involved in figuring out the details for this piece. The actual photoshoot was quick considering all the prep. time. The final image was photographed by Kevin Thom.
Here I am as the Red Bird….
Body Painting is a unique creative process where the body becomes the canvas and the ground for an idea to take shape. There is a quote by Henry Miller, that I’ve really taken literally:
“Whoever uses the spirit that is in them creatively is an artist. To make living itself the art, that is the goal.”
To me, this means that the true art is to become a living breathing expression of your spirit. Body painting is one of the ways that allows me to become the art.
Do you want to see more body painting pieces I’ve been part of?
Check out when I was transformed into a tree with birds CLICK HERE
See how I was transformed into a blue forest CLICK HERE