I wanted to begin with my favourite piece. This piece is titled “Tranz” and was a huge breakthrough for me, in many different ways.
At the time, it was the largest project I had ever undertaken. The three by four foot canvas would sit in the corner of my small dingy downtown apartment for two years before any inspiration arose.
After finishing a Diploma in Graphic Design, which was preceded by a failed degree in Environmental Technology, getting out of the downtown core was a top priority. It was beginning to wear on me too hard so when the prices went up, I moved out.
It seemed to be a great change, with grass and sunlight. There were birds chirping rather than pigeons cooing. I couldn’t remember the last time I fell asleep to the sound of crickets that weren’t coming from my turtles’ habitat. All this seemed to evoke something in me; alit this fire that was put out years ago. So naturally, I began to paint. Naturally for me, anyway.
I still hadn’t touched a pallet in years and I couldn’t tell you the difference between a filbert or round brush. It began with sketches, a fantasy of a deep brooding violet landscape of willows on the water. Maybe one day, but that plan would never come to fruition. I primed my canvas and blocked out my colours, but when I came back to it the fire was out.
“What am I to do?” I wondered. I decided, “Nothing! I will do absolutely nothing to it any longer!”
And so, the canvas went back to sitting in what was now the well-lit corner of my tidy west end apartment, but only for a few weeks. Not even a month went by before I felt that fire light up again. And when I felt that fire; I threw down a bed sheet, put my canvas on the floor and poured out my primary colours. Admittedly, the next 7 and a half hours were a blur, but with about 6 layers of paint I looked at it and felt extremely satisfied.
That is how I inspired myself to continue painting. I find every piece I finish makes that artists’ passion flicker and fuels me to finish the next one. I’ve now been back to painting for over 8 months. I’m still figuring out my method and what my focuses should be, but I feel great about almost everything I have completed thus far. The few I haven’t been satisfied with, I merely paint over them. Surprisingly, I have only ever smashed one failed piece so far!
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Giving you a glimpse behind the thoughts and feelings that go into my pieces. These are going to be more introspective and personal stories about my available and past works.