Fear, loathing and the creative process

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We artists always make creating look so easy don’t we? Well I’m going to be lifting the curtain and show you what we try to hide by introducing you to my pet boogey man: THE FEAR.

In my very first vlog I’m hoping to reach out to other artists, aspiring creatives and anyone who enjoys getting mucky with art, music or words to discuss the dark side of creating and a very personal revelation that I had this year.

Over the last few years that I’ve been painting I’ve noticed a weird pattern emerging – I’ll start a painting in the morning, get caught up in it and have a blast painting it, then look back at what I’ve done in the afternoon and all but burst into tears and cry: IT’S SH*T! I HATE IT! I SUCK AT PAINTING! WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY LIFE???

Over time I’ve learnt that it means that I’m over-tired, too close to the work and it’s time to take a break. I’ll normally down tools for the day and get my partner Mitch to take a look and reassure me that I haven’t just painted a giant poop. The next morning when I come back to it and look at it with fresh eyes I can’t remember what I was carrying on about the day before because it looks fine!

It doesn’t happen every single time, but it happens enough that I’ve given it a special name: THE FEAR. It’s always a little bit distressing when it happens but I’ve realised that it always passes.

I had a big breakthrough a month ago when my friend Ara lent me a book by Elizabeth Gilbert called Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear. She talks about a concept called the Emotional Patterns of Creativity… basically the stages you pass through on your creative journey. I recognised at that point, rather than being a negative thing, THE FEAR is an important part of my creative process and that if I’m feeling it, it means I’m emotionally invested in what I’m painting and I’m thinking critically about what I produce.

I may not have conquered THE FEAR, and I probably never will, however I’m happy to live with it if it means I’m always trying to outdo myself and grow as an artist!

If you have any ideas or questions you’d like answered for future Artist Insider Vlogs, leave a comment below.

Artist Insider Vlogs are a series targeted towards aspiring and emerging artists and creatives. I’ll be discussing my story of how I became an artist and giving you tips and ideas that may help you on your artists’ journey. Subscribe to Fieldey TV https://www.youtube.com/user/FieldeyC… so you don’t miss a thing!

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How to outline your art like a pro!

I’m giving away all my signature Fieldey outlining tricks in this episode! Join me and zombie Betty Page to learn which brushes, paint and markers to use to create perfect outlines for your art.

I’ll take you through the type of brushes I use to create my outlines (sable round brushes) and the type of paint I use (Golden Acrylics Flow Carbon Black). I’ll then show you some tips and tricks for making your outlines sing and your artwork pop using line widths and brush techniques.

If you have any ideas for further Mad Skillz Masterclasses, leave a comment below. Also, if you followed this technique and you’re on Instagram I’d love to see the end result so be sure to tag #MadSkillzMasterclass or @fieldey

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Fieldey x Robert Jenkins Collab Mural

 

An awesome blues-themed street art mashup collab between Fieldey and Robert Jenkins in Best Brew Bar.

One of the Managers from Four Points Perth, came across Rob (https://www.facebook.com/theblackmoun…) and I painting street art murals next to each other in a Laneway last year. He got in contact and asked us to come in and turn their bar into something pretty special.

We had 3 days to cover most of the walls and pillars and I had the challenge of painting the largest portrait I’ve ever done! We used a mixture of aerosol paint and house paint.

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Brandon Lee from The Crow themed skate deck speed painting

Brandon Lee from The Crow themed skateboard art

Here’s another fun skate deck commission I painted recently for Frank. When I was 17 The Crow was my favourite movie and I had a massive crush on Brandon Lee… I think I watched that movie 20 times or more! Watch the process come to life set to one of my favourite Crow soundtrack songs.

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Basic colour theory and tips for buying paint colours

I’m taking you back to school to learn your ABC’s of colour theory and I’ll also be delving a little deeper into colour mixing and working with warm and cool shades of primary colours.

There is also a special fluffy guest presenter and probably the most amazing CGI colour wheel you have ever seen!

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Tips for improving your drawing skills to become better at art

In this episode I explain how I built up my drawing skills and discuss ways that you can improve your basic drawing techniques to become better at art.

I’ll be talking about how I started out in art and the advice I got from an Illustrator’s agent who recommended that I start drawing every day to build up some solid drawing skills. I took up his advice and over the course of one year filled seven sketchbooks with drawings and improved my basic drawing skills by a huge amount! I’ll be discussing the importance of dedicated practice to forge a link between your eye and hand, then give you some of my best tips to become better at drawing and art making.

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New Bohemian Sky Burial Mural for Fez Cafe!

It is with great pleasure that I present the final pictures of the interior wall mural I was painting last week!

Fez Cafe, Mt Lawley decided they were going to change their look and they asked me to paint a mural in the cafe. They have pretty much been the perfect hosts, from giving me a open brief (bohemian) that I could interpret however I liked, and trusting me when I decided to paint a massive vulture on the wall, that it was going to be “very tasteful”. They also kept me going with wicked coffees and lots of lunches. Dream gig!

Originally, I was just going to paint a girl on the wall since I’ve been working on my portrait skills recently and I wanted to roll with that, but after I thought about it for a bit it just seemed kinda… empty… like it was missing something and there was no narrative to the concept. I’m also not a fan of painting pretty things for the sake of being pretty, I like to mix it with something a little bit darker. After mulling over it for a few days the medieval sport of falconry popped into my head along with the idea of her having a giant pet vulture. It’s funny, but the more you work on a concept the more associations tend to pop up and I was reminded of the practice of Tibetan Sky Burial… which if you don’t know what that is, google it carefully and not with image search. So in the end the concept is a kind of goddess of sky burial.

Another point to make about the artwork is that instead of using some vague internet lady to paint from, I actually photographed my friend Monday (Check out her stuff on Facebook: Monday Art) who kindly stood in my studio looking ‘mystical’ while I photographed her holding an invisible bird. I really think it makes all the difference to paint using your own reference and also people you know… it seems to give the work more life.

Big thanks also to Matt Fieldes Photography for taking the awesome photos!

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