|Red Tongue -Aka Shita- | Watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and gold leaf on wood panel | 24 x 24" | Available to buy|
The original creature is simply called "Aka Shita" which means "Red Tongue." It's not supposed to be a female in particular, just a cloud of smoke. Here's a brilliant illustration of it from this new snazzy yokai project site.
From this description I took the part about red mouth and red tongue... perfect for a female with a wild attitude! It sort of reminded me of Jessie J's impossibly colored mouth in this video.
The creature is supposed to have claws, but I didn't want her to seem too cheesily witch-like, so I opted to give her a fashionable talon ring instead. It's like she's using it to draw the lines of smoke all around her.
I used to have to ask Lowe's workers to chop plywood for me every time I went there, but behold: now they sell perfectly pre-cut 24 x 24" birch plywood boards. Yeeeei! They are thicker than the other type, too. I like to paint the edges with a bold color, so the painting doesn't need a frame. It has a wire on the back and is ready to hang!
If this lady captures your heart, remember that you can purchase this piece! Look at my shop for details.