Last summer, after the passing of Rock Star Prince, a conversation began.
When Prince was to perform at the Super Bowl in Miami the skies opened up with pouring rain. He was asked what should be done about his show.
He said, ”Can you make it rain more?”
This was an illustration of his work ethic, his understanding of “the show must go on” and the meaning of being a professional.
A man in Orlando heard I was interested in illustrating this event for his art collection. He also wanted a print made of it to present to an employee who was willing to go the “extra mile”.
Our communication was through email and phone calls. I began with a series of rough ideas on lined notebook paper.
I worked on more finished sketches for him. Pastels and watercolors.
We talked about what resonated with him.
The posture of the figure.
The shadow behind the figure.
The difficult road to be traveled through the mountains.
Is it possible to include the phrase, “Can you make it rain more?”
Is it necessary?
A decision was made. We agreed wholeheartedly on which image felt right. #7. So the process of putting oil on a 30″ x 30″ canvas began.
More depth, more color and the addition of cold wax in the oil paint.
A few details.
Both my client and I were looking at similar challenges in our futures. Some we didn’t even know were ahead. Discussing the meaning of the Prince quotation was heartfelt. We both were sharing our beliefs. The beliefs we have are strong and reinforced daily by our life experiences.
The painting is on its way to a life in New York City and the print is living with an employee who was awarded it for special care and effort.
It was an honor for me to be part of this exchange of ideas.