The other day I re-discovered one of my forgotten favourite artists: Guido Daniele.  I came across his work years ago and was fascinated and inspired by it, but then must have forgotent to bookmark the webpage and his creations were re-absorbed into the internetal abyss (‘internetal’ just became a word, everyone) only to be re-discovered by me yesterday.  His art is unlike anything else and takes the concept of “body painting” to the next level.  My favourite of his is the series of hands painted like animals. Or, HANDIMALS, if you will!

Here is a compilation I like to call  “If Animals at Living Coast Discovery Center Were Actually Hands”:

Franklin the Bald Eagle



The nameless chameleon – one of our Splash of Color seasonal exhibit animals




Dorado, the noble Golden Eagle


Our friend Verdi, the Iguana.  We miss you every day, old buddy!


The monarchs that pass through to feed on flowers in our native plant gardens


Pico the owl, looking particularly irritated (as most owls do when they are awoken from their daytime naps)


Snakes!  Not a local species, but you get the idea


Our majestic sea turtles.  Maybe the most charismatic animals you will see at the LCDC (Howie the giant pacific octopus is giving them some competition though).  Turtles look great as hands too, apparently


And we can’t forget our wild visitors, the mallards.  Each spring mom and dad mallard parade around with their little crew of chicklets, making all of us squeeee every time we see them.



So there you have it.  If LCDC just exhibited hands in place of the animals i’m not sure anyone would really notice.  These creations are realistic to say the least.  Perhaps we can get our summer camp kids to try doing this on themselves or each other and post the results here too.  It might be epic.

So to conclude, I am going to leave you with more fun Handimals, because i just can never get enough of these.  Here is a link to his website too, in case you want to see more of his amazing creations (he does full body painting art too which is totally worth checking out):  http://www.guidodaniele.com/hand-painting/art


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