'The Fourteenth Optimist' mixed media incorporates collage, acrylic paint and printing inks. It has a satin finish. There is a back story to this work which is written at the end of this description.
This artwork was created with acrylic graffiti paint pens, the background is a matte photographic print of the collage newsprint, made up of positive words and quotes, then stained with polymer glazes and finished with 3 coats of UV protective satin varnish, it will not fade in direct sunlight. But in 20 years you may want to have another coat of UV protective varnish added if it is to continue hanging in direct sunlight.
Signed on the lower right profile edge as well as a certificate of authenticity signed by myself.
Has strap at the back ready to hang.
Tasmanian oak fame available upon request.
It is an archival canvas and paints, and has UV protected vanish, it will not fade in direct sunlight.
Requires one week for satin finishing and UV protection.
If you would like another version to your size specifications as a commission, please contact me through this on this website.
At the beginning of 2019 I was going through a really sad time, I was being to lose hope in the world and hence becoming easily annoyed and angry.
I decided I didn’t want to be this way, so I did what I always do and that is to start drawing what I wanted life to look like. The reoccurring theme seemed to be love and optimism. So I kept drawing hearts, I think I must of drawn hundreds, all over magazines and newspapers they kept developing and growing and I began to really start loving them and the process. I loved the effect of the background newsprint, but sometimes the words were wrong.
So I research words of positivity and hope. I went through all the google searches and just kept adding to the list. I stopped watching and reading the news, I decided to create my own newspaper with these words. I wanted my heart to go onto words of love and hope. So I printed collages of these great words and started painting my multi-coloured hearts on top.
I noticed that people started smiling at me in the street and I wondered why, then I realise it was because I was walking round smiling, my mode had changed.
More people started contacting me and wanting paintings. I posted the hearts on my Instagram and I got so many orders for these hearts. I call them ‘The Optimist’ because that is was what I had become.