Today is the day!!! For my last painting project we had to find a living artist that we admired and had to create paintings based on their work. Another requirement was that we had to contact this artist and interview them, so....
I got an interview with Paul Ferney!!!
He said I could share the interview with you, my wonderful blog readers :) So here it is!
My biggest inspiration is my own daily experiences. The streets I walk down, the way light plays at sunset, etc... But I'm also inspired by other artists. Mostly I love the process of painting. More than the subject matter, I get into the texture, thickness, and direction of the paint. Laying down cool strokes next to warm ones. Making sure you have variety in strokes and paint thickness. Watching all your edges, and soften or loose the edges that aren't supposed to be sharp.
This is an interesting question. I believe that we are what we are. Just work hard at doing good work.
What kind of prep work do you do before painting?
I've decide on the composition and palette. Both of these things are hard to change late into the painting.
What kind of process do you go through while creating?
The creative process for me is best served through getting in and painting often. Too much
time between painting sessions and it's like you're always playing catch-up.
Do you work from life or from a photo with your cake/landscape paintings?
Both. I care about the end result, and the process doesn't seem to matter quite as much. You get color and space when you paint from life, and you get convenience with a photo. It's more important to paint often, then to wait until the conditions are perfect.
You work in oils primarily, but are there any other media that you like to work in?
Photography would be next. They seem to go hand in hand. The camera helps me see. And the better photographer I become the more possibilities seem to be available. One of the biggest regrets I have is not investing in better photography sooner. Painting and photography both seem to be tied together by an understanding of light.
Looking at your own work with an objective eye.
Which painting do you consider your favorite out of your own collection?
A favorite would be hard to choose. If you're doing your job right though, you don't get to hold onto great work for long.
What advice can you give to painters entering the art world?
Um. Get your own studio space as soon as possible. Make it happen. And learn from the best. You'd be surprised how many of the great painters out there have workshops, etc...
I don't know if I'd call it my favorite, but I really like the greens you get when you mix cad orange and phthalo blue.
I hope you all enjoyed the interview as much as I did and
Paul, if you're reading this, thanks again for the interview!
Check out more of his work on his blog: