My mother is from Thailand and the painting takes its name from the Loi Krathong festival that happens in Thailand in November. The Thais create floating lotus shaped rafts with candles and incense, then send their lotuses down the river with all the worries and troubles that they wish to shed.
With this painting I set myself the challenge of creating at a much larger scale than I normally do. At 3’7″ tall I’m hardly a large person myself and find it difficult to physically handle the canvas and reach all parts of it comfortably when painting. Still I wanted to know what it would take for me to paint on a bigger canvas as I feel that it could lending itself to some of my ideas.
At various points I made use of an easel—which I still found to be quite physically demanding—as well as working on the flat canvas upside down. This is a trick I’d heard Chuck Close made use of after he became a wheelchair user partway into his career. Overall I’m quite satisfied with the results and now know that this scale of work is something I can do if the painting inspires it.
Acrylic and ink on canvas, 24″ x 18″