Leaf of the Day: Quick Veg People Update..

While I am busy cutting mounts (mats) and framing, and culling and re-writing blog posts.. sigh .. here are some very famous veg people, and another tribute to Archimboldo. Thank you so much Claire from Exterior Visions for the tip re: the excellent and memorable Australian ad campaign “2 & 5” which promotes eating more fruit and veg. Go to their website here for some really great visual treats.

You can transform yourself from poor grey pill man to a colourful veg man.

The campaign has a stellar cast… Hosted by dear Rolf…..

aided by Edna, resplendent in stunning chili pepper specs.

Watch the ads online, they are such fun, and see Rolf create some vegie masterpieces including of course, a healthy cabbage clad but still inscrutable Mona.(Rolf gets in the picture in the background)

…and, joy of joys….a colouring page which I shall be getting right down to after breakfast ( I LOVE colouring books, all that tedious drawing done for you!)

Oh dear, more playing with food possibilities Eleanor…..but still I see no kohlrabies….!

Leaf of the Day: Vegetable People and Alien Salad

I have had to knuckle down to writing today.. well re-writing to be exact. The exhibition will have extracts from the blog to accompany the drawings but that means cutting and re working them for a bigger type face, fewer words and less images. In essence, reducing them to just a few interesting facts about what will be shown. It’s so difficult and very time consuming and wish I had fewer to choose from. But I have achieved 10 texts today, 30 more to go and I also framed a couple more pieces too..so no time at all for drawing.

Now the dreaded kohlrabi is in the post I can face veg again with more interest and while I was painting it I was musing on the wonderful and bizarre work of the 16th Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, wondering whose face I might try to replicate and just where the kohlrabi would go.
Here is the “The Vegetable Gardener” c 1590 a visual pun which can be turned upside down.

and one of the Seasons, series “Autumn” 1573

Images from Olgas Gallery here

I have looked quite hard but can’t find a kohlrabi anywhere.. sensible man..

There is a wonderful book called “The Archimboldo Effect” which was produced alongside an exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice back in 1987. It contains of a collection of images illustrating composite portraits and other transformed heads from the Renaissance to contemporary art.
Many have been inspired to make their own homage to these strange paintings either in 2D or 3D, but “Salad” by Till Nowak digital artist, designer and filmmaker, is just wonderful…

“In November 2006 Till Nowak created the image “Salad”. For this image he created digital vegetable models and combined them to become a tribute to the fantastic biomechanical creations of H.R. Giger and the vegetable portraits of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. “
see more of his stunning work here and there is a great PDF showing the developmental work of “Salad” here.

Hmmmm…I still see no kohlrabies…