So I wanted to share this with you…
I was so grateful for being on The Voice UK show and was really flattered by the reaction and response from KYLIE MINOGUE that I wanted to give something back. I wanted to thank her. Now, the question is, what can you give someone that pretty much has everything.? A few things comes to my mind, but I will leave that to another blog.
So then it hit me, I will do an oil portrait of her. Now most people don’t know that I paint, bizarrely most people refuse to believe that I do. I don’t really tell people, to be honest, I hardly ever paint so I don’t talk about it.. I only discovered that I had a knack for painting a few years ago when I decided to paint something for an empty wall I had in my previous flat.
The thing with ‘art’ is that some look like a 3 year old child had been let loose on a canvas, so i thought, if I could do something like that and put it in a nice frame, I can pass it off as a work of ‘art’..lol You can call me the black Van Gogh. However, to my surprise, the painting actually turned out much better than I expected. I have never been taught to paint and I never went to art school, that was the first time I had ever taken paint brush to canvas. My brother once said to me “Draw what you see” I think that has stuck with me since.
I was gutted and let down
Rewind 6 months ago, here I am doing the Kylie painting.. I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it.. it was my secret. I wanted it to be a surprise…it was my personal thank you gift to Kylie for turning round and believing in me. So everyday when I got back from The Voice rehearsal or filming, I would lock myself in my makeshift art studio and do a bit more. Sometimes till the early hours of the morning tryna get her nostrils to look like nostrils or the curls in her hair to look like curls in her hair. Then the tragedy happened..It was the Knockout rounds of the show, I had just performed my song, I really believed I had done enough to get through to the live shows but Kylie didn’t pick me for her final 3. I was gutted and let down.
Kylie had dumped me. I wanted to go home and trash the painting, I wanted to paint her nose like The Wicked Witch Of The West…lol, I wanted burn the canvas, how can she do this to me..? I had so much more to give, so much more to show, sadly it wasn’t to be. A few days past and I came to terms with it.. I decided despite everything, she had a job to do and I unfortunately was one of the unlucky victims. I did have an amazing time on the show working with all the producers and getting to know all the singers in the competition they were like my other family. I was and still am truly grateful for the opportunity and experience that I have had.. so I decided, what the heck, I will finish the painting and give it to her.
She Loves It
So here I am at the wrap party, the painting is in the back room at front reception.. I tell Kylie I have a surprise for her, so I take her up the back room where I present her with the painting…She is totally surprised, she loves it..she actually really loves it, “wow, you even got my eyebrows right..” she says. ”phew, I thought you were gonna give me a puppy…”
The moral of the story
Kylie got an oil painting even though she dumped me at the Knockouts… Imagine what she would have got if she took me to the Live Finals….Sometimes, people just don’t know what they are missing…..
Stages Of Oil Painting
Kylie Minogue Oil Portrait By Leo Ihenacho