Painting with the Bigger Boys

This year has been busy and hard work in many ways, but probably my least personally creative year. I’ve dipped in and out of paint jams with Unity but have struggled to get past a block that seemed to last for months. In the middle of this, I got chatting to my brother and was invited to get out of the country and go join him to paint a block of flats in Grenoble, France.

As always, Will has a habit of keeping everything low key and when I booked my train ticket to take a week out to join him, I’d no idea how big, going big was going to be.. Except for being told I would have the chance to drive a cherry picker – that gave me the inclination that it was going to be off my usual scale.

Depression has a way of making you feel that you are an insignificant dot amongst the landscape and living in London has left me feeling with an overwhelming sense of my works unimportance. Having the chance to spend a week with my brother and get a masterclass in going big, gave me the magic pep back in my step.. For the first time in months, I was travelling away from the world of the office and ready to see something new. I’d been suffering from visits of the black dog for months and although not the first time in my life that I’d been ill, this was the first time I actively acknowledged this was happening and on a level I’d not seen before.

There’s something really weird about being high up on a cherry picker and watching how these kinds of walls are tackled. Its a whole new way of thinking about colour, shapes and brushes. Will used a mixture of rollers, paint, brooms, even larger paint brushes, spray paint and the pair of us spent 5-6 days up on a crane, making his marks on a block of flats. The event was the Grenoble Street Art Festival and the artist roster was incredible. We met some amazing people, who really looked after us well and kept us smiling despite the rain. I felt really honoured to be able to participate in this, as Will’sĀ assistant/sidekick/sister and loved seeing all the styles and variations of Street Artists working on sites across town.

For smiles and chance to get a new perspective on life, this was a super charged kick up the backside and I highly recommend watching how these guys paint, whenever you get chance xx

http://www.willbarras.com

https://www.facebook.com/grenoblestreetartfest/