The Great Kitstallation: pulling the plug on Kitten Art
On first sight, the mind – and eye - boggle. The expanse of fur and checked cloth teases the retina while the finer details come slowly into focus: the exquisite kitten eyes and perfect, pink noses, the authentic felt patches that define the delicately-erect ears. The upturned, adoring and adorable faces add emotional appeal to the piece, while the bright blue and purple baubles about the neck of Mommy Kitten are a touch of vibrancy – and genius – against the more naturalistic background.
Like all exotic objets, it hails from a faraway land; Portugal, to be exact. Measuring 15 x 13 x 9 cm, it is small – but they do say that the best goods come in tiny packages. Constructed of cloth and fur, the minute particles of plastic are added for visual variation. But the real appeal of this kitstallation lies in a control box placed discreetly behind the left kitten. Pull the plastic plug from the box and immediately, a distinct caterwauling will greet the ears of the connoisseur, a jingle-jangle, howling-yowling designed to stimulate the senses – and pave the way towards insanity. Believe me, kitten art does not get better than this; it’s so naff, it’s wonderful.
The idea for a book combining colour theory and Greek mythology, which has always held my fascination, occurred to me just over two years ago.I have now launched Mythical Colouring. The majority of colouring books provide colour enthusiasts with patterns for essays into pure colour. However, even imagination requires a helping hand when matching and contrasting shades. The introductory notes and the guidelines that accompany every story serve as a springboard for the aspiring colourist.
Each story consists of two images, an A4-sized image and a smaller – though enlarged - detail from that image. Many enthusiasts may prefer to experiment on this detail before moving on to the full-sized picture. I have also provided blank squares at the outset of the book for pure colour experimentation.
Beginning with the story of a prehistoric deluge, the reader is taken through a montage of scenes from the lexicon of Greek mythology that include the pastoral worlds of Hyperion and Endymion, to the subterranean realm of Medea and the adventures of Hercules. In the accompanying guidelines, I explain how to attain the requisite atmosphere through the use of colour, and reminding the enthusiast that he or she is free to experiment.