Painting ontoday I started and completed two very large paintings…..on hay stacks in a local farm barn. The paintings where commissioned by the local community to promote the popular Sacrecrow festival in Tickhill. I’ve never experienced anything like working with hay and spray paint. It took me a long time to adjust to how the paint is propelled from the can, trying to gain control over the material. And of course, there’s the problem of the uneven surface of the hay stack. One great thing about working with the material is that if you go wrong, you can simply pull out hay from the hay stack and re-spray.
Another tricky aspect of the project was proportion, trying to keep it under control while working so close to the support on such a large scale. I found myself pacing backwards and forwards from the painting, 15-20 metres in order to keep check on the proportion. Memory played a massive role in the execution of this project.
It’s great to be able to use my skills to make connections with the wider community, I look forward to more opportunities in the near future.
p.s if anyone would like to see demonstration of some of my pottery making, I will be holding a pottery stall on the 12th of May, Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough at the next farmer’s Market.