I have been working, a lot! Where's the new artwork? It's on my board. Why? Because I've been doing home decor installations for 2 clients.
It all started when they come to my home/studio and realize they want their personal space to look and feel like mine. Is it the artwork? The indoor trees? The use of color? The wide range of furniture styles? The lighting?
It's all those things and mostly about how to assemble these finds and creations into a livable and comfortable surrounding. I really live in my space, work there, too. I cook, entertain and relax in a beautiful, culturally rich environment with up-to-date technologies and old fashion values.
Last year's series, "T W E L V E" The Animals of the Chines Zodiac, was a big success. Most of the original watercolors sold immediately to new collectors. Archival copies sold by the dozens. And, recently four 40" x 60" canvas copies will adorn a local popular Asian Restaurant.
2018 will feature the "F I V E" Dragons of Asia, each from different regions of Asia distinct to their origins. The Chinese Imperial Dragon. The Japanese Mountain Dragon. The Tibetan Cloud Dragon. The Korean River Dragon. And, the Sea Dragon. I've studied dragon myths and the artwork of many artists from Asia from periods that extend from the 16th through the 20th century.
I own over 200 silk and paper scrolls from Japan and China that span over 400 years. The history and the stories that accompany these mythological beings is as interesting as it ever was, and see that the world wants to understand these imaginary creatures. The HBO series 'Game of Thrones' features their version of the dragon as family weaponry. Their detailed bodies are depicted with many Asian details, yet are malevolent as in Western cultural norms.
So, be on the lookout for the newest version of these "F I V E" beginning by summer 2018.
Until then, CIAO! ~ Alan