Description Hotei is one of the Shichi Fukujin, the seven Japanese Shinto-gods of luck. He is the god of happiness, laughter and the wisdom of contentment, and is the patron of the weak and children, fortunetellers and bartenders. His big belly is a symbol of happiness, luck and generosity. In Chinese Buddhism he is known as Budai, the Loving or Friendly One. His pleasing, human features, made him a most popular Buddhist deity. It was not until the sixteenth century that he was canonised as the sixteenth and last Chinese bodhisattva.According to Chinese legend he carried a sack of candy to give to children. He is sometimes worshipped as a god of good luck and prosperity. He is always represented as very stout, with the breast and upper abdomen exposed to view. His face has a widely grinning or laughing expression, and he is also known as the Laughing Buddha. Because of his constant good nature, he has become the symbol of philosophical contentment. The light and textural play of this moment gave me great pleasure and made me giggle a bit....how fitting.
S. Siobhan McElwee, Pacific Northwest Member Since February 2007 Artist Statement UPDATE: As of Jan.2014 all Artist's proceeds from the sale of my art will be donated to EVMED Research LLC to further study into Enterovirus treatment and maybe someday, a cure. There are over 80 strains of EV, they are all highly infectious and there are no approved treatments for most of them. Polio is an Enterovirus, as an example. Some EV infections are fatal. For more information please check out EVMED's website at: http://www.evmedresearch.com/index.php
I have been a Fine Artist and Graphic Designer/Illustrator for over 20 years and have worked in many mediums. My Painting style ranges from very loose to finely detailed, depending on the demands of the subject matter. I've also been working a great deal with photography for the last few years, which seems to be taking most of my current focus ;)
I welcome your opinions of the work and comments ! Please keep in mind that the framing/paper options are open. I just happened to mat them up the way that I like to see them, although I HIGHLY recommend the Sommerset Velvet, Torchon and UltraSmooth Fine Art Papers for the paintings and drawings. The originals for some of these pieces are still available...contact me at my studio at :firstname.lastname@example.org for details ENJOY!