Last night I was up until 2am trawling through various images online that I might wish to paint. All featured either a famous icon or an animal (or both). In the end I gave up. There was nothing I saw that had any depth or any reflection on what it is I am trying to convey during this “people and pets” phase.
This morning, however, it just came to me. The idea. The intention. The statement my next piece will make. When the piece is completed, it may seem controversial to some but it isn’t. It’s fact. The intention is to highlight the fact that unregulated and irresponsible behaviour at one end of the scale results in the saddest of outcomes down at the other end.
So this morning I travelled to the location of where the piece is to be set and took a few photos, after taking numerous photos of our family dog, Sam, in the back garden – he is going to be the main star of the painting.
I will essentially be creating the piece from three photographs – one of the location, one of Sam and the third photo I’ll be working from is not my own but will be recognisable to many when it’s added to my painting. This will be the most important part of the painting, the shock factor to get the message across of what caring people are forcibly being made to do on a weekly basis, due to the thoughtless, selfish practices of others.
Here are my two photos I’ll be working from…
I cropped the photo so that my painting will still have SOME small element of subtlety and mystery and also I didn’t want to make this project out to be a witchhunt or protest against any specific branch or individuals. That is totally the opposite intention. These people need help.
And here’s our Sam…