Acrylic on an unwanted and unloved lighthouse painting
35 x 25cm
There’s a nice little story behind this painting of the beautiful Chadwick Boseman.
On one of my recent Zoom art classes, I chose a rather lovely lighthouse photo for people to base their artwork on. With my Tuesday class I do try to mix things up a bit and I do try to not always select images/photographs that I particularly like. The lighthouse photo was great, as a photo. As something to base some artwork on, it left me absolutely cold. Landscapes have never really done it for me, sorry.
But during the class, I painted this lovely looking lighthouse, through gritted teeth… And then promptly painted over it 🙂 A few days after I posted a rather jolly little video of me painting over something I’d spent quite a few hours painting, yet something that did absolutely nothing for me. A few people may have been a bit surprised or shocked to see me do such a thing. Later that same week I started painting a portrait over my unloved lighthouse painting and the two paintings perfectly highlight why I make art and why I battle to earn a living as a professional artist…
I don’t make art that necessarily looks nice. I don’t make art to necessarily please other people. I don’t make art specifically to sell & make money. All of those things are a nice bonus. I make art because it makes me tingle inside. It excites me. It feeds my brain. It makes me feel more alive
Tuesday’s lighthouse painting didn’t. Thursday’s portrait painting did
Original artwork and signed prints of this piece are available to purchase via my online shop.