Painting the Takeawei mural was a great exercise in pre-planning a project, as I wanted Chela (Takeawei’s leading lady) to be totally across what I was proposing for the site. It was really important for her palette and aesthetic to be appropriately represented in the artwork that I created, and there were many ways that this could have been translated.
Normally when I create an artwork, it is to a loose plan, but I do a lot of decision making on site. In this instance, I presented a number of options to Chela and we agreed that this was the best approach. The work is large, and painted with rollers, reinterpreting the expressive scribblings that I layed over the wall image on photoshop in the mock-up stage. I feel it still maintains the freshness of my other abstract works, its just a little more graphic. Working to a plan took a lot of the stress out of making decisions on site (that may or may not work) I will definitely be taking this approach more in the future with public works!
My little helper Finley came onsite to visit for one of the painting days. It’s true to say that toddlers and getting much work done don’t go together.