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Lucky 13: Tips from Brisbane artist Glenn Brady

Lucky 13: Tips from Brisbane artist Glenn Brady

| On 22, Oct 2013

“I always wanted to paint. From the age of 12 when my mother gave me two books of poems by Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson, both illustrated by Pro Hart.

“Hart’s paintings stunned me… the skies were so blue and bright and the ochre colours of the bush flicked a switch in my head.

“So I shop lifted a whole bunch of oil paintings… bought some Masonite from the hardware store and I painted.” – Glenn Brady

2013 story bridge

‘Story bridge’ by Glenn Brady

He has stolen to paint and cut up bed sheets to paint.

He once gave his life to punk.

He has fallen, and risen again to paint.

He got rejected from art school, twice. And continues to paint.

He mocks sport every now and then.

In seven years, he’s moved 45 times.

He paints for love and anger.

He paints to show that he can do it – no lessons or help.

He has forced himself, forced to paint. Needed to paint.

Wanted to paint. Over, and over, and over again.

His name is Glenn Brady. And he isn’t even that interested in art.

But despite his lack of interest, Glenn didn’t shy away from offering some of the most in depth ‘tips’ I have ever had the privilege of reading first hand.

So for all you artists out there, read on for your artistic inspirations to be altered… maybe a little… or maybe a lot.

'Mother and black spotted boy' by Glenn Brady

‘Mother and black spotted boy’ by Glenn Brady

Top tips:

  • Remember that you don’t have to live in Paris, Berlin or New York to be a artist… it’s all right in front of your face and outside the door.
  • Don’t talk about art, do it and do it now. Not tomorrow or on the weekend. Do it now.
  • Don’t look for praise.
  •  You have to be bad at it sometimes and have more then an open mind.
  •  You have to let things affect you. Anger, sadness and tears are all ‘fuel.’
  • Listen to everything.
  •  Watch everything.
  • Relate things in nature to your own life. Trees, flowers, stones, mountains. Not what they look like but what they make you feel.
  • Remember that you don’t have to do things the traditional way – there are always other ways around old paths.
  • Be proud but humble
  • Remember that you don’t know everything
  • Sketch everything and go through your sketches. Backwards and forwards. Look for the gem amongst the garbage.
  • And most importantly, have an open heart