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Right before all this madness began (back in March, for us) I just finished painting a mural on the floor of my new art studio. So far this is the largest piece I have done to date.

I went with a koi theme and used sticks to paint it as I do with most of my paintings.

It was a challenge for sure.

Proportions, being what they are, required me to use larger diameter sticks and because I was painting on cement and not canvas, I had to modify the ends of the sticks to create a cushion between the two hard surfaces.

I decided to use the skin of a fish that we used to use here in during the old days to make drum heads. The Queenfish (Lai) has a very resilient skin that can stand up to some abuse if cured properly.

So I caught a Lai, skinned and salt-cured its skin then fastened that to the ends of the painting sticks.

They worked like a charm!

I rolled in the background of the mural because it would have taken forever with a stick. I also use some brushwork and acrylic pours to round it all out.

Below is a time-lapse video of the process.

Thank you for looking!


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Things are picking up a little over here but I'm still being very careful about who I will tattoo.

If you've had the vaccine you'll have to wait 2 weeks from your last shot before you will be able to be tattooed. Just taking precautions, but you should know that when you get tattooed the body may treat the ink as an allergy and if your immune system is over juiced with vaccine it could lead to healing complications.



Stay safe!

Peace:)