When cold messaging people, there’s always the chance of magic, but the aim of this outreach endeavor was for Blake’s own audience and fans to take note of the paintathon project.
The outcome was more grand.
A message came through to Blake’s inbox from Christina Oiticica, “Hello Blake, hope all is well. I am Paulo Coehlo’s wife, we saw your video and would like to discuss the possibility of doing an art collab together. I am also an artist, painter and sculptor. I saw your work and was wondering if you would like to create something with me. Tell me what you think.”
Of course he was interested in exploring a collaboration.
In Blake’s words, he felt “ecstatic” about the newfound possibility.
Some things are meant to be. Some things are meant to be before even knowing they are meant to be. But once they happen, they just make sense.
The script is written.
The message from Christina to Blake led to an exploration phone call — with assistance of a translator — where the two hit it off. General pleasantries quickly led to the what should we create topic.
As timing has it, at this exact moment Blake was in the midst of a transitional artistic period. For years, he had honed his craft and hustled his way to notoriety as a sports portrait artist.
But now, a new subject matter called — plants. So naturally, that’s what Blake suggested. Christina shared that she was currently painting butterflies. Perfect thematic match.