I just got back from the framer and I was horrified to find that the guy that owned the place for 30+ years sold it. He was the best framer, great ideas and I could trust him to do a great job. The new owner didn't seem to have the expeience and offered no ideas for doing the job, so I make up some excuse and left. I was thinking of floating the print over a pale green matt with a simple rustic dark wood frame.
I'm lovin' mine, next in line to be framed but, I just dropped over $600 to have a different print framed and times being what they are probably won't be framed up for a while but, it is out of the tube and relaxing....took some close up photos to send to friends and they are all diggin' it as well.
Thanks guys, obviously I am pretty stoked about getting a piece from Josh, luckily I had a past with OKOK which secured me the piece.
I wrote Josh about it (he is such an amazing artist, not because of his obvious skills, but because he takes his time and he is one hell of a guy) and here´s what he had to say about this iconic piece:
"The painting was inspired by a well known Native American story called "Raven steals the light", basically the raven steals teh sun from an old man and while flying away he drops it on the world, giving it light.
My spin on this was the raven stealing the light away from humans, notice the bulb is an old fashioned non environmentally friendly bulb. Though the painting could be interpreted in many ways that is the kernel of the idea. The rising waters are a result from using inefficient technology. It was also an excuse to get a bear, octopus, and a raccoon in the same painting. I also wanted to punch up the color in this painting so I repainted the blue of the water about four times until I got it right.
This is also the first panting where I decided to paint the water line , (thin turquoise line) I also wanted to increase the painterly brushwork I had so much fun painting the bear's fur under the water giving it motion.