Desert or Deserted Minions

Desert or Deserted Minions

Desert or deserted minions

A collard lizard is cornered!

I just love “Despicable Me” and the minions are especially close to my heart.  One day while photographing some material for my paintings I realized that many cactus look like minions and they might be related.

Desert or deserted minions      I thought I might put overalls on my minions but it took too long in adobe photoshop.   Anyways the dry desert does funny things to clothes and the spines seem to suit them.

You might ask what does this have to do with art?  Well creativity can take different forms and being comical is one of them.  The spines on the desert minions started as hair on the first family as you can tell in this picture.  The teeth developed in a different way too because there is much sand and grit involved.  Desert Minions are embarrassed about their feet so they often hide them in the sand.  They are very close to family members and tend to travel in circles.  They don’t like rivers or creeks and avoid intermingling with prickly pears.   One family had their kids star in the soap “The Young Minions” but one down and dirty relative got involved and the program was cancelled.  (He’s on the right with two of his kids.)  It’s really hard to see the desert minions or deserted minions with their eyes open since they don’t wear the traditional goggles and that is (what I believe) to be the main reason they were deserted by the other minions.

The minions feel happy no matter what the situation.  Artists have a hard time maintaining their joy but in thinking about them, I often take their lead.  Hence, the change in direction for my latest attempt in oil painting which is the first photo above.

Desert or deserted minions

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