Oh Heck Yeah!
I was sun burnt to a peeling corpse after my San Blas Islands trip 2 weeks ago.
I have been staying inside in the shade and painting. And NO... I don't go get burnt often just to make myself productive.
Here is what I have done in the last 2 weeks. The first two are done with nothing more than earth...DIRT. The next two are my trademark style (if I ever dare pigeon-hole myself to say that...OUCH!).
I think one can see all are heavily tribal influenced after my Kuna Yala tribe excursion.
"I RELY ON FREEDOM"- 32" x 48" - Dirt on wood panel SOLD
"NO FOOT BEHIND" - 32" x 48" - Dirt on wood panel SOLD
"NEW TRIBE 1" - 36" x 48" - Acrylic/ spray paint on wood panel SOLD
"NEW TRIBE 2" - 36" x 48" - Acrylic/ spray paint on wood panel SOLD
"HERMIT GECKO vs THE CRAB MAN DANCING - 36"x48" - Acrylic on wood panel SOLD
"THE PROPHETIC HERMIT" - 36" x 48" - Acrylic on wood panel SOLD
"THE PROPHETIC GECKO" - 36" x 48" - Acrylic on wood panel SOLD
PLEASE...this is an informal invitation/ inspiration to all you that are artists and work your ass off and never seem to get anywhere. I know how it is....
This may be something you want to consider trying or keep tabs on until you feel comfortable enough to take a risk and throw yourself into something wacky.
The area of Panama City I am creating my artwork in is called Casco Viejo, which is the San Felipe district. It was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1997. The blue and green house in this picture are my neighbours and yet, across the street is a pristine mansion covering an entire block.
In the last 3 years, Casco Viejo has begun rejuvenation and renovating the entire area into upscale restaurants, open patio cafes, creative art galleries and french/ spanish style veranda buildings. This area is beginning to take on the looks of any great city in the world. There is a long ways to go until completion, however when walking around and analyzing the number of labourers, painters, construction workers and tradesmen, one can not help but see through the walls of the finished properties to the bare ones on the inside...BEGGING FOR ART!
Here is the link to a short NY Times article published September 14, 2008 about this area.
Panama has funky, off the wall art too. I mean the city paid for a competition to have any and all graffiti artists as possible paint gigantic pieces that now line the entire main road, Avenida Balboa. And there was a cash prize for the best ones. As well, this picture shows the interior of the Ministry of Culture with freaked out surrealistic, graffiti work on the walls and ceiling.
You won't see this shiz in the Ministry building Canada kids!
This project is so large-scale in the fastest growing city in the Americas, which is also an International banking city, I don't think I can downplay the potential here.
So if you want to come down, where food is $2.00 a meal, accommodation is $12.00 a night at Luna's Castle, beer is a $1.00, and art supplies are available, bring your business cards and stay a while. I'm sure there's plenty of contact aside from my project.
PEACE and thank you again for the continued support. I hope you enjoy the new art.
Castillo Calabozo Studios- Panama
Code of Creation- Canada