For me, festivals are the same. I remember one year at Glastonbury and think I walked about 10 miles a day. Aside from that, there is so much that we get out of going to a festival. Call it pure escapism, a chance to let your hair down, experience new and wonderful things. meet new friends, feel inspired. I could go on... In all there beautiful and colourful glory, there is no better way to reconnect in more ways than one.
The experiences I have of festivals, camping, spending time with friends, finding new ones, finding myself and my inner child, travelling in my campervan, seeing performances and enjoying art, just being free and happy are all things that just put a smile on my face. And why wouldn't it.
My first piece was 'festive vibes' which I spent hours on, and it changed over time. The big canvas (143 x 114cm) allowed me freedom to express on canvas. It took 2 years to complete as I kept looking at it, going back to it, working on areas that I needed to redo. It was the first festival inspired painting that I completed and I honestly love it, love looking at it, and being transported back to the memories I have.
My second piece of 'Festival Days' 100 x 100 cm, acrylic on canvas. I knew in my mind how I wanted the painting to look so I want for it. Straight on canvas, working with the composition as I progress it. Using memories and emotion to bring the piece to life. I was so happy when this piece sold and felt I'd passed the joy of creating it to someone else to enjoy just as much.
I then went on to create 'Happy Days' 100x 100cm, which became more abstract in comparison to Festival Days.
This one is called it 'Living our best life.' 100 x 100 cm and the other was called 'Memories that make us smile.' 120 x 80cm.
All my festival inspired pieces have been developed with experience, emotion and memory in mind. The more recent commissions are the same, but these are also very personal to the client. If you're ever planning and able to go to a festival, then do it. I can honestly say that they brought me out of my shell and helped me in more ways than one - to be myself, to be happier in myself and to have more balance, positivity and happiness in life. Big statements? Maybe, but its true.
Bye for now x