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