I painted this design on December 8th 2017. I was live painting at an event and it was a cold day. As the event unfolded and speakers began to tell their stories – I got a sense of the difference between how powerful an individual story can be, whilst at the same time, acknowledging how small I often feel as an individual on this spinning mudball we inhabit.
In due course – I got the chance to tell my story at the event too. I spoke about art in general, it’s power to change, coping with loss, togetherness, the free art project, doing things differently, the importance of persistence and the beauty of impermanence.
This was a really enjoyable day. I got to make art in front of some lovely people, hear excellent stories, and tell one of my own too. Huge thanks to Yetunde Hofmann and her amazing team for putting on such an excellent event.
After some encouragement from good people in my network, I designed a 2018 calendar featuring some of my free art project work. Over 40 were sold, thanks to everyone who purchased a copy.
In today’s post – I received an important piece of paper, namely the receipt for a charitable donation of £176, paid to the good people of Wallington Animal Rescue, which was made possible through sales of the aforementioned calendar.
This has been a fun thing to do. Curating the art work itself, compiling a set of notes telling the story of the art, and finding a way to make the product has been an enjoyable challenge. On the last point, I learned enough to ensure that if I repeat the experience, I should be able to deliver a similarly good quality product, at a slightly lower cost. That means I can offer the calendar slightly cheaper, or alternatively, raise more for a charity next time.
Thank you to everyone who supported the calendar project, and thank you Wallington Animal Rescue for the excellent work you do.
Where to start the artistic adventures of 2018? I had an idea for a larger canvas over the 2017 Christmas period – and following some good advice from Carole – I began with a developmental sketch, seen below.
From there I scaled the idea up and went from monochrome to colour. I’m not convinced by the larger piece yet – I think I need to make the figure looser, somehow. I’ll keep playing.
The canvas is 80cm x 30cm and the paper is 25cm x 10cm. The dessert spoon is shown to help you get a sense of the difference in size between the two pieces.
The two pieces are currently untitled – and I am grateful to MJ Carty for putting the blog title idea in my head, thank you.
Update: The monochrome sketch has now sold.