|'The spirit of disco' - acrylic on box canvas 30cm x 40cm|
So, if you've been a regular reader of my blog you'll know I've been having fun with a series of surreal paintings that I've come to think of as my 'space junk' series - random objects floating in the cosmos. It started with the little boat and now any random item that crosses my path or somehow comes into my consciousness is fair game. We have some Christmas tree baubles which look like miniature disco balls and they sparked the idea for this one.
Although I thought a disco ball would be fun to have hanging in the sky, I may have underestimated just how difficult it would be to paint. All those individual little mirrored tiles in row after row but not all evenly spaced. All those rows creating ellipses as they make their way round the ball gave me so many headaches as I tried to work out did they curve upwards or downwards or both and then they seemed to turn into some kind of optical illusion in front of my eyes.
Let's just say, I spent a looong time trying to ensure the rows correctly followed the curve of the ball so if you spot any errors at this point please keep it to yourself! I'd think it was finished and start to photograph it but then notice a little tile here or there that wasn't quite right so I'd work on it again - I spent most of Sunday doing that and then finally this afternoon I declared it finished before I lost my marbles!
In other news, you may have heard of AirBnB - where you can travel the world and stay in people's spare rooms or empty apartments - I had heard of it but honestly didn't know that much about it. Well, there is a Kickstarter project which may be of interest to my fellow artists. It's called ArtBnB and the jist is that they would work with AirBnB hosts and artists to provide art for the walls of the hosts (prints rather than original art) so that the artist potentially has a whole new platform for exhibiting and selling their work. If someone sees your art on the wall of an AirBnB home they can scan it with a mobile phone app, find out about you, the artist, and actually go on to purchase either a print or original artwork via the app.
|To put the size into context as it's a little bigger than usual!|
Because it's a Kickstarter project, they have to meet the target of pledges before the project can get off the ground so if it's something you think would be useful to you as an artist you might like to pledge (there are special rates for artists) and find a whole new audience for your artwork. I've pledged although I don't normally sell prints of my work as I thought it sounded like an interesting idea so I'll see whether it happens and take it from there.
Also this week I was contacted by a school student via my website asking for information on my rhino painting, Vanishing. Turns out she's writing a research essay on the surplus and scarity of awareness on Rhino Poaching and wanted to reference my painting! It's quite a lovely surprise to be mentioned in a school paper and it just shows just how useful the internet really is for helping artists get their work out there in the most unexpected of ways!
That's all my news, I'm going back to Ireland for a week on Sunday which I'm looking forward to very much as I'll get to catch up with family and friends. I'll still be around to visit Paint Party Friday this week and will look forward to catching up with my PPF friends then.