Since surrealism and realism, I almost hate painting process itself because it’s so slow – 2 days for a small ACEO miniature (2.5 x 3.5 inches) to www.lifeofanartist.nl sometimes months for large paintings like “Till the end of time”. The reward of this pain comes greatly when the painting is ready. Yes is true, the joy of picture I have done disappears eventually, but it lasts much longer and gives me much more satisfaction and gives me a complete feeling and confidence that I’m really an artist. I didn’t see much difference between me and a carpet designer when I was abstractionist (forgive me carpet designers).
When it is about surrealism, an idea becomes sketch then sketch a preliminary composition drawing. Then I search for models of objects in my surreal composition. If human bodies, it’s time for photo shooting session: me, my wife and my children. If objects of any kind, a photo shooting too. Of course, there’s always need for hand drawings as well.
Then, to speed up the process, I use my computer to mock-up from photos and hand drawings into an image as close possible to the final painting picture. I may or not (most often, not) do some color studies. With that image on the display monitor, I start drawing on a paper at the same size of canvas. I make changes if I feel it is needed, I transfer it onto the canvas… and… again, the slow process of painting starts.
No matter realist or surrealist, when I get the painting ready, I hide it from my view for a day or two then, I hang it on the wall. If a week or so passed and nothing on the picture “scratched” my eyes, I then consider my job done and I sign it.
What exposure have you had?
I had no live exposure, I mean no show in brick and stones gallery. And this is because I never could keep the required number of paintings for a show. Internet is my gallery and place for competitions. Yet, I didn’t apply to online paid competitions as I’m not a gambler. There are so many wonderful artists applying so that you must be lucky to win even when you’re very good.
Yet, I have won 2 awards: