Bodyssey – Canada’s Face and Body Art Extravaganza!
Bodyssey 2010 in Calgary Alberta was so much fun! Loads of classes by talented artists from all over Canada and the USA, free style facfef and body painting jams, a fancy dinner complete with face and body painting competition runway show… what more could you ask for? Check out the The Bodyssey website for the complete list of winners and lots of photos.
The event was held at the Ramada downtown, and we pretty much had run of the entire second floor! It was so much fun to be surrounded by living art from old-hat professionals and new artists alike. I met so many talented photographers and models as well! Mark Laurie from Inner Spirit photography was there and had a giant set up – every day he had a different studio set up, in a different room, complete with props for all the models to be photographed, it was really impressive. Mark has compiled a complete portfolio of all the pictures he took at the event, check it out all the prints are for sale.
I had fun teaching my web development / marketing class helping face painters get their artwork up on the internet so they can share their work and get their community excited to hire them! Silly me though… i ran from Mark Reid’s face painting class straight into my classroom and didn’t have time to wash my face… so I taught the entire class painted like a puppy… hope everyone still took me seriously! Lol!
The body painting competition was so much fun and pretty casual so it was a no stress environment to just paint and be creative! We listened to music, chatted a little and even had some snacks delivered! Once we were finished painting, the judges checked out our work and then we all paraded into the ballroom for a huge buffet spread! And what better way to complete the evening with an impressive runway presentation of our face and body paintings for the whole crowd to enjoy and photograph.
The theme for bodypainting this year was Fashion Through the Ages. I decided to paint some clothing on my model Jen… actualy i decided to paint MY clothing on Jen. So see if you can at first glance you can guess who is painted and who is wearing the real clothes! I even painted my tattoo on her which was a little weird for some reason… i think parts of the painted tattoo looked better than the real thing… more vibrant colours of course!
It was really fun, in the competition painting room, one of the artists even pointed out that each individual body painting represented fashipn through the ages with one model being painted in a Garden of Eden theme all the way to my model rockin’ some Ed Hardy-esque styled clothing! It was inspiring to be surrounded by so much creativity.