This was a commission of sorts, having liked my previous painting I did for the group, and my creation of the B-WELL people for my version of the Blobby Tree, I nearly always draw my own character because I do not relate that much to the trees pose/setting/action, so it was a natural step for my humour to take, they asked me to if I could do a painting of the ‘journey’ based on that – either as one painting or several.
By eck that was a long sentence.
One explained that that was not what the tree picture was supposed to represent, but I would have a think about it and what, if anything, I could do.
The first stage was to write down the journey, both taken and wished to take. Above all else it was to be positive, I can slant toward the negative, and even if part of the journey has been negative – the positive should be sought.
Armed with a bunch of statements on my pad, the shuffling commenced.
Left, Right, Left, Right, Keep in step, order followed.
Pattern formed, then came a poem.
Rough at first, but still it came. AhHa! My painting is just a background for the poem. Simple.
The poem gets worked on some more…Poem done. Along with some doodles.
Doodles that match the poem segment…Each segment started to have its own picture.
Oh no! What have I done? The poem has 13 segments.
One thinks at this point it should be mentioned there was only 5 weeks left before it was needed, and one of those weeks I was away. And the poem had taken a week and a half to do, well stop tweaking.
Only one thing for it…A calculator and a long canvas. This is what I ended up with…
It took many a shuffle to get the pattern right, and then the script at the right size, before the artwork was even sized around the script. All done on separate paper then transferred onto the canvas, ready for printing.
I ended up pleased with the result, and so was everyone else, some strange reactions were had, or was it strange people having reactions? One is not sure, never have I had an itchy nose as a reaction.
The final picture is here. www.awanderthroughthemind.co.uk/b-well-poster-2