Sunday, July 20, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

Please forgive me, the painting perfect, the artist, only human! Below are my answers to my most frequently asked questions:

Where do you get your inspiration?
Ideas are all around us: Conversations, people, movies, books, music, dreams, things, and stuff in all kinds, shapes and forms. If it's been 6 months since we last met, there's probably an element of yourself already in a painting somewhere. I don't think I do it on a conscious level, it just happens. I'm always gathering ideas, getting impressed, displeased and aroused by stuff. I never run out of ideas, for me it's a matter of prioritizing the most important idea. I find myself in a constant dialogue with the whole of time, sometimes the feedback is immediate and sometimes it is delayed years and years. 

How did you get into painting?
When I was 5, I saw this painting on the back of a Reader's Digest magazine. Le Blanc Seing by Rene Magritte, 1965. After that I started taking out all the art books from the local library. 

What music are you into?
Lots of kinds, right now I'm into stuff with lots of melody, rhythm, piano and bass. I always paint with music in the background, now I'm wondering if it's the music I'm addicted to. It's probably a combination of both. I search for stuff on youtube, you can follow along, sometimes I post new stuff I find on my facebook page. For example, right now I'm into:

 Son, bolero, guajira, salsa, rumba:

How long did it take you?
Usually MONTHS and if not WEEKS. Sometimes when I think I'm finished a painting, I will hang it on my wall and for weeks and weeks I will study it, looking at it from every which angle, and then decide then that something needs to be changed. I paint every day, a half hour to up to 13 hours a day. I've been painting everyday, everyday since I last saw you, everyday since the last day we met.

What's in the snake?
From left to right: A fighter jet, a sperm whale, an upside down house, an upside down car, an elephant, a tiger in a ball and an antique couch. It helps to stand back and look at the snake from a distance, imagine a snake swallowing a deer whole, it's sort of the same idea.

Thanks for taking interest !

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