Here is a new painting I did over the weekend. This is Manekineko, the beckoning cat that you often see in various Asian stores.
Here are a few of the Japanese symbols in the painting. Big kudos to Aya for being my art director on this. 🙂
- When the cat is holding up the left paw, it is beckoning people to come in.
- When the cat is holding up the right paw, it is beckoning money. I’ve noticed that most of the cats I see are holding up their right paw. Hmm…
- Both paws beckons both money and people. I love it when ancient symbolism works out so logically.
- Red is a lucky color
- Calico cats are lucky.
- Turtles and cranes together are lucky
- The hammer is a traditional festival hammer.
- The cushion is a traditional square Japanese sitting cushion.
I painted this one primarily in Painter and Photoshop at 16″ x 20″ at 300 DPI. It should make a nice print.