I'm partial to penguins BUT [my husband] isn't, so it would need to be something Southwest in theme, like Kokopeli or cactus or coyote, etc. Whatever strikes the artist and whatever the artist can work into mozaic.She sent this note to me several weeks ago. I read it at the time and in my brain I logged it as Southwest theme and then continued to finish the other mosaic projects that I had in the Queue. Well today, I finally got back around to this project and I re-read her note. Cactus - OK. Coyote - OK. Kokopelli - What? What the heck is a Kokopelli. Thank goodness for the internet.
According to Wikipedia - Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with feathers or antenna-like protrusions on his head), who has been venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music.
|Kokopelli Reference Drawing|
|Kokopelli Rough Draft|
|Kokopelli Rough Draft with color|
Update 12 Nov 13 - I received the following from my client.
Here is what I was thinking for colors."Jack I love the concept. You did a great job of researching kokopelli and then incorporating the Southwest theme. I also like the shadows idea. What colors are you planning to use?"
For the frame, I was thinking golden mahogany. I used it for my fox mosaic.
Sky - Shades of purples (Iris, Fig, Pansy), Shade of Yellow (Citrus)
Cactus, Kokopelli, and Shadows - Night Black
Desert Floor - First Layer Terra Cotta, Second Layer Sand
Sun - China White
If you would like to change any or all of the colors, just tell me which company and which colors and I will order the colors you want. The three tile companies I primarily use are Mosaic Mercantile, Opus Mosaics and Maryland Mosaics.