As this artwork was my first ever collaboration, this artwork was a test for me, and a daunting one - A test of my emotions.
This artwork was created in January 2016, not long after Sal and I had first met. Both of us being artists meant that this piece was inevitable, which scared me.
I’ve only ever let a handful of people ever watch me create my work, let alone do it with me. The only other person I’ve ever let do this is my Mum. I was scared of how I would react to second opinion and in the back of my mind was the idea that this artwork, this situation, this new experience was going to either be the making or breaking of a relationship with a little blonde gypsy who already had my heart. This wasn’t just another artwork and there was much more than the possibility of a ruined piece at-stake.
Despite some of the amazing work this gypsy had previously created herself, I was the teacher and she was my student. I’m a die-hard believer in the idea that – ‘you create your own future’ meaning that if this was to fail then I had myself to blame.
So this was it, we talked briefly about ideas for the piece then we decided on a colour pallet, and we decided on almost the exact same one.
When the mixing began I was hardly even talking. I had to have the music going so loud that we would have to yell at each other if we needed communicate (it’s just how I work). In more ways than one we went into this blind but the result of what we created was nothing less than mind blowing, through my eyes at least.
My artwork doesn’t just come together, this piece was created over a period of 4 weeks and it’s officially the most detailed and complex piece that I’ve ever worked on.
Without saying it, we both knew this had to be good and despite the fear and anxiousness that this was built on, in my eyes we did it and then some.
This wasn’t just an artwork, this wasn’t just luck, this represented a new form connection for me and it’s something that I’ll forever appreciate.
Since this artwork was created I’m happy to say that our relationship has turned out to be just as pretty, maybe prettier.
This is not only an artwork but also an insight and an introduction into ‘My new world’ a new time, a new perspective and a new type of connection.
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'Connection’ a single word that can be described in many ways, but powerful in all.
Creating this Artwork was powerful. I think you can see this in the details, of course beautiful, but intense.
Intense, beautiful and powerful are words that I’d often use to describe my relationship with Mitch.
Creating together was a big deal, it was something I had suggested and Mitch said "yes, ok gypsy. "
I was excited to learn. I was excited for the unknown. I was excited to create and I went into this without any expectations. I was the student, Mitch my teacher.
This artwork was created in July 2015, not long after Mitch and I had first met.
When the mixing and creating began I was silent. Watching learning then playing. Silence while we created, was the one thing Mitch had asked of me. I talk a lot, laugh a lot, yell and in general make a Lot of noise, but I didn't even notice or have to try to be silent, from the moment Mitch started, I was in a trance. It's a beautiful thing to watch someone shine, someone create, someone happy and in a complete world of their own.
My turn came and after watching and I couldn't wait to play. I wanted to create something that reflected a landscape that Mitch had taken me to one morning on the Mornington peninsula. Sandstone cliffs over looking crystal clear water and reef.
This piece was created over a period of 4 weeks and two separate visits to Mitch’s house/ studio. It changed as we changed. It became more and more powerful. It became complex and beautiful. It started to reflect not only landscapes that held my heart, but also started to reflect the feelings I had for the guy in front of me working all his magic.
I had so much fun creating this piece and I hope you can feel that when you look at this.
I hope it takes you somewhere beautiful. I hope it brings a smile to your face and I hope when you look at this you will feel inspired by the power of Love.
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