Purple Rain the artwork is taking on it own personality, and direction. It is enjoyable to try to capture some of the feel of Prince, but it is more fun to let go of the work to develop without the feeling of obligation to this superstar performer. It is an artwork, and not so much a tribute painting, but more so my version of a unique cover of a great piece of pop music.
In this image you will see that I have placed the number 2 and 4, along with the letter U on this artwork. It is amazing how hard it is to find smaller size letters at the three craft stores I visited. They are a little large, so to tone down their size I blended them into the background. Truthfully, I did not think originally of adding any extra lettering, until I read that great blog tribute to Prince by Shawn S, and saw his use of the number 2 instead of the word two, and so on throughout his blog. Of course, that is his tribute to the titles of some great Prince songs such as I would Die 4 U, The question of U, Take me with U, U got the Look, 2morrow, Nothing compares 2 U, Joint 2 Joint, 2 nigs united 4 west Compton, and Love 2 the 9’s, for examples.
The next image, in a few days from now, will be the final image of this enjoyable painting.
Scott Von Holzen