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…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.
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