It’s coming up to 2 years since I started painting and, since I walked out of my job on Tuesday, I will have plenty of time to work on my biggest piece yet – on 20″ x 24″ canvas, I am replicating a photo of Bob Dylan on a shoot of his “subterranean homesick blues” video.
I chose this theme for its similarity to the “Love Actually” piece I completed recently, with the potential for each print to contain a personalised message on the card they are both holding. The difference with this one is that, once it’s finished, I also intend to reproduce the image numerous times on one canvas print with the lyrics to the song printed on each card (as depicted in the video). I am genuinely excited by this project, it’s more than just another painting.
It’s also pretty relevant given that Bob was my idol when I started singer-songwriting and my whole lifestyle then was pretty primitive, revolving around creating and expression rather than working and earning – a lifestyle I have chosen to return to with my decision to walk out of work this week.
(12/04/2015) Finally completed after about 29-30 hours! The writing on the sign took ages because I painted on the “Get Born” message initially but it didn’t do anything for me so it then took a few coats to paint over it and start again. I watched the full “Subterranean Homesick Blues” video a couple of times to find another more meaningful message to paint on (where Bob’s hands are also similarly positioned) and I got lucky – this message is much more cryptic (at least my reasons for using it are anyway)…