Gaia: MARSHLAND (by Walley Films)
This makes me want to paint murals
I’ve been working on this since the 7th of October and it feels so good to be finally finished! The brief for this project was to reproduce a photo on a massive scale (2m+) using just a spray gun. We were banned from paintbrushes. I’ve never had any interest in this kind of painting before, but it’s soooo satisfying to see it come together like this!
I finally finished my commissioned painting of Las Vegas! This took far longer, and was far more difficult than I imagined it would be. Anyone who knows my work knows that this is not the type of thing I usually do, and so my attitude to it would swing from one day to the next. I’d be frustrated with myself for making the decision to make the painting in this way, and how I wasn’t pushing my work forward in a way I want it to go, to telling myself to grow up, stop being so high minded, and be happy I doing the job properly to the brief I was given. This was obviously the most important thing to think about, and not my own, probably pretty pretentious ideas. Although this painting doesn’t explore any of the concepts or ways of using paint that I was interested in at university, It has been a massive learning experience for me technically and has re-invigorated my desire to get back into it properly. All positive things!
In the end I’m really pleased with it. The boys all seem to be really happy and say they love it, which was where most of my apprehension probably lay!! Putting months worth of work into something like this, and waiting for the moment where they give their reactions was pretty stressful, but rewarding.