This is a little prototype piece for an idea I’ve had in the last week or so – It’s just tiny, smaller than postcard size. The idea I’m working towards is going to be on a larger scale though, approx 50x100cm or so. I’m also planning on something more complex, with built up layers of gouache sandwiched between thin washes of resin. Less dimensional than my skate decks, but keeping that gorgeous candy shine.This work is inspired by Bird in Motion which was damaged at the start of June. Often I look back on older work and see flaws and things I would change… If I were to even want to paint the same sort of idea again. But I always loved Bird in Motion just as it was. I put a lot of planning, time and love in with all the detailing in the water lilies, and getting the birds body motion right – I used to own individual photos of each of the four panels (I think they’re in storage somewhere now) and if you flicked between them like with a flip book the bird actually looked like it was flying.
Coming up with a new work which still has this feel, but at the same time is more fitting with my current painting practices is going to be a challenge, not to mention finding time now that I have a lot less with my darling Tui up and about all day long. I think this will be a good project though, So promise to post up some in progress pics as it develops.