Angels & Hurricanes

For my personal explorations of our wall space I have been playing around with my sketches, and Photoshop, just to see how different images look on the wall.

This is a silhouette painting I did of Neil Young, Yann (standing in front of the wall with my daughter Pollyanna), loves Neil Young, and I wanted to start somewhere so I started with an image that someone liked a lot.


I like it, I like the contrast between the street and this giant psychedelic blast from the seventies. I like the reference to music too, music often cheers and I love to hear people singing to themselves! It has some reference to it’s direct environment, as the bar behind has live music. Also the title of the song ‘Like a hurricane’ is relevant to change. A hurricane can change a landscape dramatically, this mural also changes this particular bit of the town landscape fairly dramatically.

The next image I tried on the wall is a painting of a gravestone angel in the snow. Why? Does there have to be a reason? Ok I was too hot, I walked past the wall the other day and thought how nice it would be to have snow in Nelson. Seriously, I love to walk around Wakapuaka cemetery with my camera, I find something different every time. I love how you can catch a glimpse of the sea through the graves from high up on the hill. This image was inspired by a photo from the cemetery. I like the idea of bringing significant parts of Nelson back into the centre. An image that offers a moment of quiet contemplation is a busy day.


The last image I did today was Hobbiton, why not have a piece of The Shire in Nelson. There were a few hobbits in town a couple of years ago when they did some filming in the area. The Shire is where the big adventure begins. I painted this from a photograph I took of Hobbiton at the film set,near Hamilton on the North Island.


I still find this wall a challenge, although I like the  way any mural that we put on the wall will interact with the street seen beyond. I have thought of ways of bringing them together seamlessly almost but with changing light and skies etc it would be very difficult.

I do like the idea of bringing the street into the mural though, so whatever I painted on the wall I would add pieces of mirror cemented within the mural to reflect the real world, and also give a changing reality within the mirrors.  These pieces of mirror would add a fragmented effect to the mural which fits in with my current postmodern studies.

All photo’s and painting by the author.

Thanks to models Polly, Yann and Blueberry the bump!