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Behind the Art 2018 – 12th Edition with Kevin Aldcroft

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Here is the latest edition of Behind the Art with Kevin Aldcroft

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In this twelfth edition we talk with artist Kevin Aldcroft from Australia.

Where do you find continued inspiration?

Every day life, sometimes I see images and use my own artist interpretation to create.

Other times I just have an image in my head which is the genesis of the painting, the painting grows from that mental image.

I never see the completed painting in my head only snippets which combine to form the finished work.

What do you hope to achieve?

I just enjoy painting creating something from nothing, my hope is that others will enjoy my paintings as much as I enjoy creating them.

I would hope that people will see the work that has gone into creating my paintings.

I think every artist struggles with trying to achieve a painting that is truly unique in every aspect.

What are your struggles?

I struggle with coming up with new ideas not be labelled as painting the same thing over and over or to be depicted as a clone painter.

I struggle with coming up new ideas and inspiration that I can truly call my own.

The fear is that something I have painted has already been painted before and others will look at my paintings and only see another reworked theme.

I have tried to achieve my own unique take with my paintings.

Have you achieved what you want?

I do not think the struggle is ever over.

While I have had many successes you get a certain satisfaction from that achievement. However, the empty void inside begins to grow eager for the next wave of inspiration.

How did you achieve your success?

Patience, persistence, try, try and try again attitude. Dogged tenacity.

Success also came with getting the right materials.

The glossy board I use is a specific weight and gloss coating on one side. I find the heavy weight board is able to take several layers of wet paint without deforming and tearing.

The glossy board helps achieve a brilliant gloss to the painting.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your story?

I have never had any formal art training or tuition and I did not take art at school, so most of my experience I am self taught.

I needed a break from University study, assignments and exams and I began watching some artists on You Tube who had made tutorials and I just got hooked, that was in March 2016.

Before that I had never picked up a brush as an artist before. Now I just wish I had started painting earlier.

My paintings are Spray art (Spray cans enamel paint), Oils and acrylics which I use brushes, sponges, palette knife, paper, plastic and other bits to get textures and detail in my paintings.

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