Rock The Cotswolds, is an initiative to showcase the best in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial brilliance this region has to offer.
Being part of that initiative is a tremendous honour as I am part of the collective. So when the founder, Oli Christie of Neon Play, got in touch and asked me to come along and actually do a LIVE painting on the night I jumped at the chance. The Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham played host to the event on November 13th 2014.
Logistically it’s proved to be a lot of hard work – preparation beforehand, transporting a lot of materials and equipment (as well as 6 of my larger paintings) but the result was three hours of incredible feedback from people who have not only been unaware of what I do but also from those who have a wider perspective of inaccessibility when it comes to abstract paintings and the artists that create them.
As well as me doing what I do best there was also an amazing Body Artist, Tattoo artists, couturiers, hat designers and an eclectic mix of people who take ideas from their head and turn them into a reality.
It’s also worth noting that I had a version of my paints specially made for this event. My paint supplier mixed me a non-toxic version just for one evening – an essential requirement to help prevent the invited guests from falling over in a pool of their own vomit (something of a characteristic of my normal enamel paints).
The figures also speak for themselves – 240 guests, 3 camera crews, 300 mentions on social media; 250,000 people reached in 24 hrs. I did 2 TV interviews, one for radio, got my photo taken 67 times, used 9 litres of paint in three hours, got through more beer than I care to admit and worked 22 hours without sleep. No reward without effort.
Photos courtesy of: Bryony Franklin, Marcus Green Video shot and edited by Arran_North