I also love the bright colours he uses and was thrilled to learn they are acrylics. Switching to oils has been on my mind for years with no results and as they say... no decision is basically a decision. He learned to be quick while plein air watercolour painting and switched to acrylic which for him was the half way point between heavy oils and water. However, it has me questioning my reasoning behind carrying the standard if not boring palette of primaries and earth tones in my little bag of tricks. I've been craving colour! It's what enticed me to paint in the first place. I am leaning towards the fluorescent tones and artificially brighter tints. It explains a recent purchase of Cyan, Magenta and yellow to do some experimenting. It's time.
With a life drawing art show coming up this weekend and my handful of pieces, I felt I needed at least one stunning piece. I was toying with the idea of doing an abstract background and incorporating a nude, and I do believe I have found my inspiration! Phenomenal and inspiring! In fact I had difficulty deciding whether this post should go in #InspirationalSunday or #PhenomenalFriday!
His studio is simply dreamy. With huge canvases leaning against the walls, a table covered in colourful paint squeeze bottles and larger than usual brushes, I would be inspired to paint every day too! Wearing earphones, he paints away to music and gets right into his work. I love how he has a cleaner section for guests and a little bistro size table and chairs for discussing commissions and sales. Enormous windows let in tons of light.
He is living the dream. It has me wondering what would happen if I were given a studio such as this? What if I were told I did not have to work for a living nor clean house or prepare meals and could spend all my time painting? Would I be as motivated? What is stopping me? Food for thought. Is something stopping you from achieving a dream?