Painting webinar: VEGGIE JESUS
LIVE on Friday, December 18, 2020, 11 am Pacific. Register to watch anytime thereafter.
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Watch the inspiration video here: https://youtu.be/0eyMSG3e-QY
After purchase, we will send you access link to the webinar (before session starts) or recorded links if you purchase thereafter. We'll also send you the link to the shared photo folder specific for this webinar.
We're using ZOOM as video platform. Video and audio for participants will be muted by default during the live webinar. You'll be able to view and listen presentation, and interact via chat. Session will be recorded and up for replay anytime after live webinar ends.
Our inspiration journey starts from learning about Baby Jesus theft, a strange “tradition” that consists of stealing the Jesus figurines from public Christmas tableaus during this time of the year. Sociologists, theologists, and psychologists have various reasons to explain the practice. Instead, we were interested in finding out how some of the stolen figurines were replaced or what kind of surrogate objects were employed to substitute them.
Enter carrots. We read of a nativity arranged by a farmer in which the baby was represented by a carrot. And that tableau made us think of images of root vegetables with anthropomorphic features that people have held as some sort of trophies or perhaps even religious icons.
We learned of several explanations of why we love anthropomorphic objects so much to the point of establishing strong bonds with those human proxies at different stages of our lives. Artist Jamie Diamond, for example, features portraits of ‘reformers’: people who have lost a child, are unable to bear children, and feel that crafting or collecting handmade babies becomes a balm for their empty-nest syndrome.
In conclusion, this will be a still-life collection of fruits and vegetables with anthropomorphic features. We have compiled a photo library. Alternatively, you are welcome to create your own tableau with fruits and veggies.
• Painting premise: still life
• Props: image reference bank will be provided.
• Painting surface: any size, any kind. We recommend 9x12 or under.
• Painting webinar medium: oil over cotton paper. Feel free to select your media.