I came into contact with Juliane Lofquist-Birch’s blog (http://julaine.blogspot.com) from the moment I started posting on my own blog. We've corresponded about embroidery, admired one another's art, and left positive blog comments of support. One day, however, I received a message from Juliane suggesting her son Jason for my Decision Portrait Series.
She wrote, " (My son) has developed into quite the stencil artist, and last year, he decided to share a "doodle" and some of his tags with the city. Oops, got into a little trouble and did some community service and paid a fine."
Later, however, I decided to just use a reproduction of one of Jason's tags. Not all graffiti artist illegally deface public and private property. Jason doesn't do this anymore either; yet, he's still working in this new, exciting art genre. It is an artistic decision to use spray paint, incorporate text and symbols, and reflect an urban consciousness. It is a decision where and on what to create these artworks too!
I stood back for a minute and then knew exactly what to do. ADD BLACK SPRAY PAINT. I took a deep breath and sprayed directly onto my artwork, right on the stitches, over the nuts and bolts. IT WAS FUN! The results were great! I added the reproduction of on of Jason's tags.... and the portrait was finished.
For a moment, I felt a little of the exuberance and youthful thrill of having a spray paint can in my hands. It was awesome.... and scary.... spraying on my own work. Yes, I wore my ventilation mask. Jason wears one too. He's still creating works of art.... stencil and spray.... just legally now! He's an artist making his mark!