Blimey! What a day, it’s only 4pm and better still, a Bank Holiday weekend. I went for a 3 mile walk to the beach, fished for an hour, came home and had double egg on toast, all before 9am. By Midday I had tried to contact all my clients on today’s call list and got nowhere fast. Everyone’s buggered off early on a long weekend. Realising it was Friday, or more accurately, Free Art Friday (#freeartfriday) which I haven’t participated in for so long now, it’s embarrassing, so I sat down and thought a piece that shouldn’t take longer than around 30 minutes and duly walked down the the slipway where there’s a few working boats so normally some interesting flotsam etc kicking about and sure enough, found what I was looking for, an old damaged plank of wood.
I’m proud to say Free Art Friday began in Portsmouth. Conceived by the incredible My Dog Sighs and now it, as well as he himself are internationally known and artists around the world put out free art on the streets every Friday. If you don’t believe me, here’s a Wikipedia page stating that.
I sprayed the plank with white, yellow and blue acrylic paint and using a filling blade (for decorating) I ran the blade over the wet paint and got a look I was very pleased with. Once that dried I put on the flattened piece of seaweed and spray blue lightly over the mixed white, yellow & blue paint. As I moved along the plank, I used less blue to give the impression of the water getting lighter as it got nearer the surface.
Unfortunately I didn’t like the way it looked now, not at all, so I took a break. I had the idea of making a paper stencil in the shape of a frond of seaweed and using an old set of sockets to hold down the paper stencil I.
That looked much better apart from the shattered top part, so I touched it up with blue and white until I got a look I was happy with.
Once dry, I thought I ought to sign it. By now, this 30 minute piece had taken about an hour and rather than sign the front I wrote on the back but it looked a bit shit. So I then had the brainwave of creating a ‘signature panel’. More stencils etc. blah, blah, blah and it was finally done.
Or so I thought. I better grab a piece of paper and stick a note on the front. Took two bloody hours to make but then again, I’m one piece closer to hitting my 2018 target of #52pieces.