LOVING VINCENT – FIGHTING TEARS

I have been wanting to see the movie since it came out and like most artist (I think) I am not the most organised person.

Having always admired Van Gough’s works and the fact that the movie is the first one of its kind where every frame has been hand painted had me more interested than other films about and artist story that have been made.

I finally made it yesterday with my girl friend and was taken aback by the film and how they used Van Gough’s style of painting trough out the whole movie.

The movie was a master piece and the story very touching as there were so many things that hit home, like how he suffered from the mental pressures of his demanding family, how he took it up painting and taught himself how to paint after his most difficult time in his life and having experienced something similar myself while in prison discovering the therapeutic powers of painting!

The end was so sad!

The fact that he reached a point where the best solution in his mind was to take his own live! ( I understand exactly how he felt, as I have considered that many times and attempted when I was a teenager as a cry for help).

The sad thing is that mental health is still not taken serious enough even at this present time and the current conservative government here in the UK is cutting down funding for mental health instead of increasing it!

I became a prolific painter when I was in prison as it was my only way to keep demons out of my mind and only painted nearly 100 paintings.

800 in a space of eight years was what Vincent achieved and I think it is simply amazing!

I salute Vincent and must admit that I had to fight tears and a choking feeling in my throat as the credits of the film were being run.

The sad reality of the art world, the fact that he could not sell his work and since his death countless people have made and will make money million from his work!

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I dedicate my painting Tree Of Life to Vincent and  may he R.I.P and if there is and after life enjoy the fact that he was right with what he set out to do and appreciated by millions.

 

 

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THE POWER OF THE ARTS

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Today the following video has gone live and I am grateful to Barbara from OnTrax TV for including my story along with some great artists, about the power of the arts and hopefully inspire through creating!

The Power of The Arts
Positive Expression & Raising Awareness
Watch this short Video where we spoke to MOBO Awards (Official) winning producer Naughty Boy (tracks #Running Beyoncé #LALALA SAM SMITH ) BRIT Awards artists James Morrison Lemar, main stream TV vocal trainers & new artists who found their way through their dark days in prison via art ( Julio Osorio )
music & poetry, about how music & art is therapeutic.

SHORT Video Featuring: Stella Parton McLean PURDY RTC3 Robyn SashaBakery Boys Shack Baker Andrés Jimenez Gak Jonze Ben Mistek TaylorJulioCesartist8 Starboi Millz K- KOKE #DavidGrant #FameAcademy Rough Copy Matt Jam Lamont IC3 Everything, Everything William Kw General Levy (Official)

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MY FIRST ATTEMPT TO PAINT AND DISCOVERING THE POWER OF ART

My first one hour art class result.

After being in prison for almost three weeks, locked for about 22 hours a day, until properly put into the system and having the chance to either work or study I felt I was going insane not being sure of what my future was going to be for at least six months until trial as I had decided to fight the case because I knew that the whole incident had happened for defending myself from a bully doorman.

I did not think I could paint all my life and one afternoon the cell door opened and was told that I had my induction at the art class so I should follow the flow of people going to education.

Tunde was the name of the tutor that afternoon and whom I am still in contact since my release in 2014.  We were given the go ahead to get some paper and use it how ever we wanted, to paint! (Here is his video talking about what he saw while I was there )

I was unsure what to do, but had a look through some art books and chose to try and copy a painting.

The following painting is a photograph of that first ever painting I did and the most important thing about it was that I completely forgot where I was while painting and at the end, was nicely surprised to see the result as there was lots of room for improvement but I knew then that painting was going to be what would get me through those six months there, while waiting for the trial and be freed as I was sure a jury would find me not guilty after watching the CCTV and the several different version of events the  doorman had given in changed statements!

How wrong, I was!

It then turn out that painting would play an even bigger role in my life and now is what I do to feed my soul!

First Painting LR