Well, after a very interesting (and very long) conversation with the body painter, he’s agreed to paint me. Very excited about this–I’ve always wanted to be painted/photographed professionally, and this guy is one of the absolute best. The thumbnails on his webpage really don’t do his work justice. He’s right up there with the woman who painted Demi Moore for the infamous Vanity Fair cover. (I’ll see if I can get larger size scans of his work and post them somewhere.)
Anyway, he’s willing to paint me for material cost only (which is exceedingly generous of him since he could easily command $3-5K/day in LA)–we’re renting a studio and hiring one of his professional photographer friends to do the shoot. This promises to be great fun. (Actually that’s an understatement: it’s literally a dream come true. I can’t believe I’m having one of the world’s best body painters paint me. Wow. 🙂 🙂 )
No timing yet, it depends on whether I decide to go diving in those fabulous Thai islands after the meditation retreat, and/or whether I go to Burma for the Balloon Festival. I tell you, life is really tough. 😉
Anyway, we’re still discussing what to paint me as, so if you have suggestions, email me. (Yes, we already discussed tigers. 😉 ) We’ve agreed that something primal is definitely the way to go, and that it should probably have a nature theme, but haven’t decided anything else. At the moment I’m waffling between a warrior, a dryad, a priestess, and Pele, but I’ve only just gotten started. 🙂 Ideas, suggestions, and URLs welcome.
Gotta run–I have to pack and check out in half an hour, not to mention getting reservations for the night train to Chai Ya, and the meditation retreat. Still have to pick up my new/used laptop, too.
And to think I was feeling bored and burnt out yesterday. Silly me. 😉
P.S. I heard back from the volunteer coordinator, too…I could be teaching handspinning/weaving to hilltribe girls on the Burmese border in January. 🙂