Spirit Shamen toad licking 2nd Place on Pro Bodyart, Welsh Fest 2010. I was beaten by a team of 2 top painters so was v chuffed!
Idea was to fit the theme for the final, ' Wild Things'.
All very last minute; my model had to cancel for the finals and STacy's artists left unexpectedly so we were both 'free' at short notice. She wanted to be 'dark'...
I reckoned wildest thing is in our own minds, so, how to get in there?
Lead to painted layers of 'drugs' being peeled away to show her inner core.
purple layer representing liquids- wine, opium;
blue layer= spotty dotty toad or fungi/ peyote licking skin
green - stencilled with leaves to rep cannabis, etc
gold 'core' - shining thru holes now and then - her inner light - but also with corn/ wheat painted on her tummy - well, i am scottish, had to have whiskey in there!
She had peacock feathers in her hair/ painted on her legs, as a (heh heh) spirit guide.
The toad is a real, tanned toad purse I picked up in the Phillipines. Stacey kept licking it for real, surprised the judge who asked to handle it!
Method modelling or what!
Thanks to model Stacey T & Nick Parry the photog - WOW both of them!