Over by Christmas
I painted the background of the canvas using a block stencil, in alternating red and blue to give an illusion of a brick wall. Blue and red were spattered across the surface, which was then given a coat of cream glaze to age and soften the colours. Xerox copies of recruiting posters, and family groups saying good-bye before boarding troop trains were adhered with matte medium.
Red, blue and white rosettes anchor the top corners, a silver shilling with the imprint of George V centers each one. Early optimism that, with hindsight, breaks the heart.