Being a fan of Asian art, I sometimes adopt methods or materials; this was the case with my first parasol. At the time, there were Japanese knock-offs of bead-work and jewelry produced by Native American artists/craft people. So I decided to create a painting on a rice paper parasol using a Seneca subject: lacrosse, a cherry tree at Ganondagan, and a spring theme. The challenge of painting on a rice paper parasol—with its ribs, etc.—became a test I wanted to try. Since then I've created a half dozen or more of these parasols. One that seemed particularly successful to me was The Iroquois Creation Story because the painting could be viewed in the round and that's something I like. Another was about Bare Hill and the serpent that surrounded it. That theme worked well on a round object.
Whenever I find a well made parasol with new challenges, I pick it up and then wait until the right idea strikes me.
They, like the paper bags, are fragile by nature and that defies notions like "Art is a Thing of Beauty and a Joy Forever." Maybe like us, art can also be temporal.
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