Tuesday, January 12, 2016
I arrived at BASE Orlando "British Invasion" Body Painting Show at the Majestic Event Center, (801 North John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL) a bit early so I could watch the talented body painters transforming models into living works of art. I immediately decided to focus on Nix Herrera who was painting a group of model to camouflage them against a British flag. A camera was set up on a tripod and from the camera' vantage point the models blended in perfectly with the flag. The artists had to consult the came often to be sure they were on track.
Some of Orlando's top entertainers also be performed on stage throughout the evening. Entertainment included BalaChandra Belly Dance, Corsets and Cuties, and Rock Hard Revue Team Rush.Vendors were also set up around the venue so there was plenty of art and fashion. For me, the event is always an exciting and challenging sketch opportunity, as I document the models who are transformed as I sketch.
BASE brings together the talents of renowned Face and Body Painter Mandi Ilene who has been painting for over a decade, and Photographer Robert Johnston. From humble beginnings of face painting at princess parties, Mandi was inspired to see the entire body as a canvas and potential work of art. Since then, she has won multiple face and body painting awards, painted across the state, on cruise ships and in the Bahamas and currently does face painting in Orlando. Mandi and her dynamic team now bring their work together at BASE Orlando for an imaginative experience unlike anything else.
After her community of body painters spent years gathering in bars or homes to practice and exhibit their art, Mandi founded BASE in an effort to reach out to a wider audience and produce a complete art show. After many wildly successful events, Mandi and her team continue to offer visitors a remarkable experience through their one-of-a-kind collection of local artists and performers.
Mark your calendars! On January 14th, Base Orlando will present the Steampunk Body Paint Art Show at the Majestic Event Center. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $11.54 to $27.37. I'm excited about the Steampunk Show. I can already imagine the women being transformed into exotic mechanized creatures. Since the event features artwork on nude models, all guests should be over 18.