unfinished live painting + bin - streetfest event, shoreditch
Unfinished painting worked on throughout the day...
Reluctant to make the event, i made it down there, late and a little flustered. I'd just moved house AND studio only days before and feeling out of sorts I had a bit of a daunting start.
After battling with a canvas for about 30 minutes i gave up, i wasn't able to spray inside and the chance of popping in and out of the venue was a ghastly prospect due to the amount of people. So, i was lucky enough to have the opportunity to start another piece where i returned to something more familiar.
Still working only with brushes i played around with something i'd sketched a while back and started to enjoy myself again. About an hour in, I turned around after someone had tucked in my exposed dress label, thanking the lady i started chatting to her and her young daughter. I'd noticed the girl previously taking photos and paying great attention to what we were doing, and asked her if she had some good shots. Looking up at me, quietly and smiling, then up at her mother, the lady interjected to say.... "she's come all the way here today to see you paint", not sure what to say, "what me?" . " The mother continued and said, We've come all the way from Milton Keyns to watch you paint, you're her favourite artist". At this point, i was almost welling up, confused and just so wowed by the concept. Especially as Paige Jackoby turned out to be only 11 years old and researching me for a project a local Arts Council project.
What a wonderful and amazing feeling to feel that you've inspired someone, but to go to such lengths - unbeleivable! So it only felt right to do something in return, as a thank you for returning my faith in what i do and why i do it. So, i returned to the earlier canvas and after a good few hours away from it seemed focused and ready for a challenge. After working black lines and shapes into the messy inconsequential washes I felt more than happy with the painting which i gave Paige to take away with her on the journey home.
i'd mentioned that i was thinking about sacking the day off, and was told that "... she would have been heartbroken if you hadn't" there's a moral here somewhere.
Thank you guys, it was so lovely to meet you and i hope you are enjoying your painting.