Here is a little painting I’ve been working on for the past couple of weekends. There are seven lucky gods that are celebrated in Japan. One of them is Ebisu, god of prosperity and fishermen. He traditionally holds a Tai, or red sea bream (pagrus major), an auspicious fish that is often used as a symbol of good luck. Just looking at this picture means that glorious things are about to happen in your life.
I also happen to be a fan because there is a delightful Japanese brew called ‘Yebisu’ that is also named after the cheerful fellow.
This image will be used for the local Aki Matsuri fall festival posters come September. I have traditionally been a rather geeky (perhaps even self absorbed) fellow who rarely took the time to volunteer. Lately I’ve come to realize how immensely satisfying it can be to give back to the local community. The act is nothing fancy; just simple labor given freely with no expectation of reward. Fascinating.