I put 2 paintings in to OOL, the first one being You Are Not Your Stuff. I saw this graffiti on a wall in Moss Side, Manchester. The wall has gone now as it was part of a disused factory that has been demolished but I remembered the 'message' and thought that it would be worth making into a painting with a 'messenger' and recipient in it. After many tries at ideas I went for a simple approach. Maddy would be the angel and I would be some old bloke with a suitcase.
Here is the start. I had part of a photograph of the wall gicleé printed onto the centre of a large piece of canvas and developed the painting round that. The bricks were a nightmare to paint as I kept on having to add courses to expand the composition.
I added the angel and put Maddy's face on it and prepared a space for me on the right:
|Angel And Surrounding Landscape Added|
I painted the angel and me and then worked for ages on all the brickwork. I had to design a new landscape and get the perspective right so there is a tiny dot marked 'VP' (vanishing point) in the middle somewhere.
|Angel Painted and Self About To Be Added On Right|
|The Final Version in The AFAS Show|