Slowly falling apart

Today we get the low-down on what inspires the work process of Brian Donnelly, an impressive artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. Check it out here…

Inspiration comes from a couple of places for me.  The first is the challenge of painting.  Whenever I see something that looks difficult to paint I go after it.  This approach keeps painting exciting for me, always pushing my limits, staying fresh and exciting.

Fresh Cut
Fresh Cut (oil, turpentine, hand sanitizer, canvas, 24″ x 24″, 2016)

The second is deterioration.  It’s something that’s easy to take for granted but a lot of the world around us is slowly falling apart. When a seed finds its way into a crack in the sidewalk and manages to take root, grow and expand that crack, or when a sharp-cornered brick gets softened over years in body of water. That’s simple deterioration that we don’t really consider, but I find it fascinating.  Whenever I see these remnant objects I always think of how I can apply it to my work as a painter.

Blue Hour
Blue Hour (oil, turpentine, hand sanitizer, canvas, 24″ x 24″, 2016) 

I find myself happiest when I get lost in a detail.  Painting is a quiet and introspective place for me, where I can find a real peace with the world (despite listening to a lot of news radio).

Half Mast
Half Mast (oil, turpentine, hand sanitizer, canvas, 48″ x 48″, 2016)
Last month I painted an ear the size of a thumbnail.  It took four hours, but it turned out perfect.  Working through to that perfection, following my brush across the surface, I find a real clarity of mind.
The satisfaction of a job well done combined with that clarity always reminds me why I love painting.
Harbinger of Spring
Harbinger of Spring (oil, turpentine, hand sanitizer, canvas, 24″ by 24″, 2016)

Last month I painted an ear the size of a thumbnail.  It took four hours, but it turned out perfect.

Phantom Sun
Phantom Sun (oil, turpentine, hand sanitizer, canvas, 24″ x 24″, 2016

Come face-to-face with more of Brian’s amazing art on his website, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter.

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