When I attended Alasdair Gray's talk at the Aye Write festival in Glasgow I had the full intention of taking notes. I abandoned this idea in favour of just enjoying his company, which- despite the hundreds-strong audience - was very easy to do.
I did make one note, however, which was reads ' next time doing a Zizzi's think of Alasdair Gray' by which I meant ' do what you want' as Gray kept emphasising the people he most enjoyed working for were those who just allowed him to please himself.
I don't feel I've achieved that mentality yet as - I think like most other artists- I get pre-occupied by what I think people expect to see from me or in certain places. But in enjoying Gray's mural work and imitating a certain graphic/ rythmical line of his has helped me overcome a bit of a hump with this commission. The sketch is pictured but still needs revising
Zizzi requested that their associated Illustrators produce an interpretation of the portrait of John Cogan - former owner of their historical Canterbury premises.
Though we were provided with a lot of information on the various hauntings on the site, I opted to focus on the Will included in the original posthumous portrait. Cogan was, apparently, quite generous - beqeathing his property to various ministers' poor widows and clothing to maidservents and girls working in the house.
Here are the results of the Norwich commission. The work took about three days all told but progress was slower than I anticipated - I think due to the wider range of materials, approaches and colour I was using, some for the first time.
As with all on site work - as you see how its unfolding in situ and given your time constraints-you you have to make adaptations. The Lower floor work (the girl with pattern) had to be modified -the wallpaper pattern lacks anvils and some of the carriages are reduced to basic shapes without wheels. I hope this won't irritate any diners. But i felt the wall was visually busy enough without adding these extra details. I felt much happier with the upstairs illustration (the farrier and horses). I'd use the stencilling and spraypaint techniques again as they were effective in this.
Thanks to Big Al the sparky for providing a sense of scale, there!