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The pied piper…

…will lead away all your pests but you had better pay him.

I’m taking part in the latest Fanboy Vs Artboy themed group show at Artboy Gallery in Prahran, ‘Fairytales & Fables’!

After finding out about the show, I couldn’t figure out which fairytale to paint. I looked through The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen but couldn’t settle on one, until I found the wiki page about ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’. Over the years references have been found to a mysterious event in the town of Hamelin in the 13th Century – the disappearance of children, and theories range from plagues, witchcraft and landslides to a Children’s Crusade. A fascinating story, and I had no idea that it was loosely based on a real event.

So…what about a rat as the piper? He could be leading away pests of a different kind…cockroaches. I HATE cockroaches so I thought maybe painting a bunch of them might change my opinion of them.

Here it is:

He had to be ‘pied’ in some way so I gave him a chequered cape and hat. And why not make bits of the cockroaches coloured too. Some close ups:

It was fun to paint but I still hate cockroaches. They are vile.

Come along to Artboy Gallery on Friday the 16th of March to a visual feast of fairytale and fable inspired art: 99 Greville St, Prahran.


Currently listening to: June of 44
Kaitlin Beckett

About Kaitlin Beckett

Kaitlin is originally from New Zealand, currently living and working as an artist in Melbourne, Australia. Visit her full site here: www.a-curious-bestiary.com

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