Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, August 23-24, 2014
There is a story to every image (although some stories are better than others), and this image was a special one. The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts is a "Hometown" festival for us. Cheryl grew up in the neighboring city of Los Altos and many friends and family come to watch us draw.
Last year we drew something complicated and finished the image late in the day. We were not able to spend as much time goofing off and visiting with friends and family as we wanted. So we vowed to draw something simple this next year. Simple, like a stick. Or a box. A stick in a box! This became the germ of an idea that evolved into our image.
A stick and a box? Sounds like the standard tiger trap. And who was the most famous tiger hunter of our time? Calvin.
The trap was simple enough: One box, one stick, one length of string.
And, of course, there is the hunter himself: Calvin. The role of Calvin was played by Cheryl's cousin's son, Keenan. No tigers were harmed in the filming of this episode.
Little known fact: this Calvin rarely wears shoes (we were lucky he was willing to wear the striped shirt!).
Tiger traps are baited with tuna fish sandwiches. Tigers will do anything for a tuna fish sandwich. They are kind of stupid that way.
Calvin's striped shirt.
The end of the day on Saturday. Lunch will have to wait until tomorrow.
Sunday morning. The trap is set. We just need to set the scene.
Hello Kitty! And some Wattersonian fall colors.
With a side of stick.
Our brave hunter.
Tiger eyes (with a chunk of black chalk across the eyebrows).
Waiting to spring the trap...
You pull the string.
Selfie with tiger.
The painting as seen from a ladder, where you can see some of the 3D distortion.
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