Recently I was given the opportunity to paint one of the many green Chorus boxes in Dunedin. I guess they are what you might call “telephone exchange” boxes or something like that. Although that sounds really old fashioned. Anyway, they’re all over the place and Chorus asked for artists to come forward with their ideas.
The actual painting was quite challenging for a few reasons. For one I had to use “Lumbersider” paint which is essentially fast drying enamel. This was problematic for me as I am used to working with oils which take ages to dry and are therefore able to be blended, smudged and manipulated at your leisure! With the Chorus box there was to be no blending! Well I could if I worked extremely quickly. The benefit of course was that I could get the job done reasonably quickly. I did get sun burned the first day though.
The other challenge was that of course I was in the public eye the whole time and couldn’t just reveal a painting when I was happy with it. Although I must say I didn’t receive anything other than praise for the work, even in the early “messy” stages. It was truly wonderful to work in the community there and chat to the neighbours. So thank you residents of Lynn street!
The model for the painting was my good wife Trudi.