Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Now For Something Completely Different

for me. I was asked by the owner of the karate studio (dojo) where Himself takes classes and teaches to paint five large pictures of the five animals used in the Villari system: tiger, leopard, crane, snake, and dragon. The paintings are to be poster sized, 2 ft. x 3 ft. That's the challenge for me to work big and without text.

At the last dojo, fantastic murals had been painted on the walls. The poor crane took a bit of a beating as the black belts got a little too enthusiastic in their sparring. When the owner found a larger studio space, the murals had to be left behind.

This time, he wanted paintings he could take with him if he ever moved. The wall space is in a secondary room, 20 or 30 ft long by 15 ft. high. He'd like something that wouldn't break if it should be hit. The room is used for students to play games or practice weapon training like the Bo Staff. (like Robin Hood meeting Little John at the river). I thought of using wrapped canvas. The canvas wouldn't need to be framed and could be bolted through the wall so it wouldn't fall if it got hit with one of the small balls used in games. There are also a row of kicking bags in front of the wall (extra protection).


  1. WOW! What a compliment to be asked! Can't wait to see what you come up with. :)

  2. How cool. Please post the pics on your blog so we can see them.