Twenty-two of Phifty-two
|Size:||5″ x 7″
|Inspiration:||Song: Sleeping Monkey
Everybody now, 1… 2… 3… say it! “Awwww!”
What’s cuter than a sleeping chimp? Not much.
Today’s art piece is inspired by Phish’s song “Sleeping Monkey”. This song is not your typical Phish jam. Musically it pulls bits and pieces from the traditonal folk song “Home On The Range” and “Let it Be” by The Beatles. “Monkey” has seen it’s share of unique and interesting show placements – in the middle of a jam, accompanied by guest musicians, and as a lead into a rager of a song. More often than not though it falls as an encore and is met with overwhelming approval from the fans.
Here is a typical version of the song captured on 5/23/00:
A few weeks ago Bottleneck Gallery of Brooklyn, NY hosted a three man show (live and online). The show, titled “Broken Down”, featured the art of David Welker, Zach Landrum, and Craig “Tapecat” McCudden. I was very much anticipating seeing the art of David Welker (most well known amongst Phish fans for creating the amazing Rift album cover), and honestly was unaware of the other two artists. The show hosted some amazing pieces by all three men, but I found myself very intrigued by “Tapecat’s” pieces. After reading more about his style, I learned that the pieces that I was drawn to were created on Scratchboard. As a children’s art teacher I had seen scratch art before and had even used it in my lesson plans – having the students create their own scratch boards with crayons. But this (Tapecat’s) was a whole new level of Amazing! I knew I had to buy the tools and get right down to it.
“Sleeping Monkey” is my first attempt at Scratchboard. It was so much fun! Once I started I couldn’t stop – I did this piece in one sitting! It’s an interesting technique because you have to think in reverse. Typically when you draw with a pencil or marker you are adding dark to a light surface – with scratchboard you are taking away the dark to create the light. I am anxious to create more with Scratchboard and hone my skills.
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About the Artist
Brian Bojanowski, a native of Wisconsin, has spent the past 17 years working as an educator in both public and private schools. He has taught special education, elementary education, and art instruction in a variety of settings to thousands of children. He and his wife Wendi started Noah’s Art – children’s art center in 2001 and experienced immediate success. Brian, earned his Bachelor of Science in both Special Education: Behavioral Disorders, and Elementary Education from Evangel University in Springfield, MO. As an accomplished artist, Brian has had artwork on display in galleries and illustrated three published books, one of which is currently on the Amazon.com’s best sellers list. Under the direction of Bojanowski, Noah’s Art has received several awards for it’s curriculum and program. Bojanowski currently teaches out of his studio in Charlotte, NC and oversees the development and creation of Noah’s Art curriculum, and training new Noah’s Art Licensees.