Your Untypical Typical Artist
I’m usually quite organized, not like the stereotypical ‘last-minute’ kind of artiste.
However, on the 16th April 2013, I had a hunch to go and ‘check’ the due date for a competition I wanted to enter. I thought it was due on the 30th April but to my surprise, it was due the very next day — on the 17th April.
What To Do!
I had already bought the canvas, got the prelim sketch idea. Heck, I’d even thought out the description and had the perfect title!
I had but one choice. Do or die!
I locked myself up in the studio that afternoon and didn’t emerge until way after 9:00pm.
Here’s the photographic process:
And then I put the final ‘blue wash’ on…
Never Say Never!
I had done it! The next day I submitted all the info and gave myself a pat on the back.
It just shows you, you can achieve anything you set your mind to! As long as you have the will, the drive and the hootspa.
The Story Behind the Painting
This scene is taken in Loop Street, Cape Town, looking towards Table Mountain (a little bit of the mountain can be seen in the background).
The painting tells a story about the grey area of our (South Africa’s) rainbow nation.
Here we have a simple street scene but hidden within the paint is a history of greed, opportunity and division.
I have used gold and silver spray paint as the base coat of the buildings (the connotation behind the colour gold is that of wealth and prosperity) this depicts South Africa’s mineral wealth — the foundation that built the nation. However, the buildings are now covered in the grime and dirt of time.
I have two main characters in the scene. One is a street person, sitting on top of a wooden crate. His clothes are baggy and don’t fit him properly. He is staring at the young black student on his iPhone.
This young man, the second character, represents the opportunity that the black youth have today as opposed to what might have been under the Apartheid regime. He is wearing the latest fashion and seems to want for little. He is not even conscious of the man sitting on the crate. He is too wrapped up in social networking.
The man on the crate has not had the same chance in life. He is the same age but his story is one of poverty and misfortune. He is not yet experiencing the new rainbow nation of opportunity.
He is one of the many South African’s who do not benefit from the new system. Both these men are the same age yet their lives tell two completely different stories.
South Africa is a growing third world nation but it still has to iron out a lot of socio-economic problems. This painting depicts the divide in the culture that exists today.
Yet there is hope and to denote this I have given the painting a blue wash. The esoteric meaning behind the colour blue is that of youth, spirituality, truth and peace. Which is what I wish for this nation. To truly become the rainbow.
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AMAZING…. You were so meant to enter this…. as if something was guiding your hand….. I wish you all the luck in the world and yes, you will always be a winner in the best possible way….always grateful to you for your calming guidance Cherie which has seen me through a few anxious times x
That’s so lovely of you to say, Penny. Thank you. I was quite anxious to enter and am glad I did so. Thank you for your kind words, it means a lot to me. I’m glad I was of help to you in those anxious times 🙂
WOW – what an awesome painting and a really true depiction of South Africa. Wishing you all the best in the competition. Whatever the result, you will always be a winner! Lucille x
Thanks for the feedback, Lucille 🙂 That’s really sweet of you to say!