Andrew Lawrence - Vividbrush
Harbury old windmill
I paint because I love to express my feelings and ideas about a subject through pictures. I like to work out what attracts me to the subject and to use that as a starting point for producing a picture that I enjoy. I want the end result to move me again each time I look at it and I hope my pictures will spark the imagination of anyone who stops to look at them, as though they are the first few lines of a story.
I draw my inspiration from people and places that fascinate me. They may be wild seascapes, interesting buildings or human activities that make me ask questions about the forces ( both man-made and forces of nature) at work behind the first impression.
I particularly enjoy painting what I call my "Cities Re-imagined" in which I search for images that tell the stories about what makes that place unique. I then arrange those images in ways that seem to me to say "This is what this place is all about".
I have painted more pictures using acrylic than any other medium but I have enjoyed working in oils, water colour, goache, pastilles, pen & ink, and sketching with pencils, charcoal and chalk. To be honest, I prefer acrylics because you don't have to wait for layers of paint to dry as you do with oils and because you can correct mistakes more easily than you can with water colour.