Creativity and Originality: The Importance of Standing Out from the Crowd

This is a story about having fun.

Following your dreams.

And achieving a breakthrough.

It’s very easy and works every time.

My story illustrates the importance of fresh ideas.

People love them.

But new ideas require a little creative thinking.

Creativity is fun.

Being original requires bravery.

If you want to think freely and move forward.

Here’s my advice…

Point 1. Do something different.

Stand out from the crowd.

Do something people will enjoy.

Something they will appreciate

Just because it’s different.

This is my story…

After graduating from University, finding my first job was difficult.

I needed a breakthrough to get started.

So I moved to Sydney and found it.

In a strange place…

A dirty paddock.

My light bulb moment came walking, nearby my home. I lived in a very unglamorous old slaves quarters for men.

As I wandered through the paddock, an interesting object appeared before my eyes.

Kitchen sink image Creativity and Originality: The Importance of Standing Out from the Crowd

I stood there transfixed by an old style enamel kitchen sink.

Standing there, I wondered how it could help me find a job?

Ahhh, I had an idea…

Point 2: To receive a breakthrough, be imaginative and enjoy being silly.

So I picked up the heavy sink and took it home.

Cleaned and polished it.

Saturday came.

I saw a job advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

Of course, the company required experience.

I had none.

It was a very highly paid job too. A prime position.

I thought to myself…

“What have I got to lose?”

So, I went for the job.

But rather than using the normal approach, as 99.9% job seekers do, I did things differently.

Sitting on the bus I received many odd looks from people.

They probably wondered, “Why does that guy have a kitchen sink on his lap?”

People stared as I carried the kitchen sink down the main street of Sydney, at peak hour, in bright yellow pants.

It was heavy.

Serious faced business people were rushing around in dark suits.

I was quietly amused by the silliness of life.

The recruitment office was a beautifully opulent marble skyscraper.

Dripping in wealth.

Filled with very serious, stern professionals.

I wondered if this normally conservative company had ever received an application like mine?

I was excited.

To be going against the mainstream gives me adrenalin.

Creative people are odd, without even trying.

Here’s what is needed to follow a crazy original idea you might have…

Point 3. You need courage in the face of enormous potential embarrassment.

Back to the story…

On the sink, where the hot tap should have been, there was a wide hole.

So I rolled my brief resume and cover letter and slotted the papers into the hole.

My cover letter was simple.

It read…

“EMPLOY SIMON BRUSHFIELD AND HE’LL GIVE YOU EVERYTHING – INCLUDING THE KITCHEN SINK”.

I greeted the receptionist.

And placed my large kitchen sink on her desk.

“Here is my application for the graphic design position”.

The office fell about with laughter.

Suddenly, a boring day in the office had changed.

From seriousness to silliness.

Point 4: People enjoy something out of the ordinary, to give them inspiration and amusement in life.

But I was serious.

I asked the receptionist, “Can you please make sure my application receives the attention of Mr Bob Dewey?”

The giggling receptionist made a phone call to her boss.

I was sent directly to Mr Dewey’s office. He was the recruitment executive controlling the job.

With no experience and as a fresh graduate, I spent 30 minutes talking with the decision maker of a high profile recruitment company in Sydney.

He was intrigued.

Originality is the key.

Word quickly spread around the office. And other executives came to meet the weirdo in yellow pants with the kitchen sink. Just to shake my hand and say…

“We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

The whole office was entertained.

At the close of the conversation, the top man in the company guaranteed me an interview.

I had risked embarrassment.

And my stunt worked perfectly.

Creativity is exciting.

With zero experience, I got down to the last 3 applicants.

The whole job seeking process was turned into great fun.

I had found my break through.

Designing in the creative department for Mr Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited.

Final Point: Breakthrough’s happen when we relax, put ourselves on the line and follow our unique creativity.

Here’s my advice…

Live life following your crazy ideas.

People will celebrate them.

Rise above boredom and stand out from the crowd.

Discover innovative ways of doing things.

You’ll have so much fun.

Plus, you’ll get what you want.

People need your creativity for inspiration.

They need your originality and leadership.

What’s your story?

Please leave a comment below.

For further ideas on how to stand out from the crowd, you might like to read the book ‘Made to Stick’ by Chip & Dan Heath.

If you’re interested to purchase or know more about Simon Brushfield’s original paintings click here .

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Romantic Art: Original Art Wine label – First Edition Sold Out


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Romantic art has the potential to touch hearts and allow the imagination to wander.

Especially, after a few glasses of quality Australian red wine .

Following a sell out edition of the first original art wine label series created by Australian artist Simon Brushfield and produced by Denis Tucker, we are now into production of a second label.

This post will give frequent updates on the creative process of a romantic art wine label inspired by tennis in the Victorian era .

The second edition wine label will incorporate visual elements of the social aspect of tennis in the late 1800′s early 1900′s.

Below are some preliminary rough drawings establishing the foundations for an original painting which will then be printed onto Australian wine labels.

Preliminary drawing on canvas with alterations including the customary chaperone (right corner) during the Victorian Era. Top right space, in the distance, will be another couple politely courting each other.

Third stage preliminary drawing establishing the balance and perspective of the paintings foundational elements

Time to add a thin layer of water colour to create a foundational colour for the piece. This will provide a base to work upon and build texture into the painting to create an old world appeal in a modern context.

Simon Brushfield painting whilst laying on the floor totally relaxed – his favourite position to work.

The Reason for Tennis painting with a water colour foundation beginning to appear.

During a briefing with Denis (the customer) he requested an old world charm to the painting. This is symbolised in the characters, but also the colours. What is important to set the right tone of the painting, is the mahogany wooden background behind the couple on the left. This beautiful colour is extended into other areas of the piece, adding to the old world charm.

The deep wood mahogany tones are still a little messy and need improvement. At this stage the right colours are in place, but further refinements will take place over time.

The painting is still unframed on canvas and will be delivered to the customer unframed. But I wanted to look at the piece in a frame from a similar period in time, to give a suggestion of the style of presentation on the wall.

Following a request from the customer, the background behind the main couple was changed. It was requested to make the mahogany wall stand out more in the painting. This photograph shows the improvement in close up detail.

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Old clichés often prove true.

This story begins ugly.

But ends in true love.

Here’s what I have found…

Point 1: Behind every dark cloud, there’s a silver lining.

Romance can be found anywhere.

Even in the most unlikely of circumstances.

Here’s my true story…

I was excited to arrive in Indonesia.

Friends had arranged a welcome dinner. And many people told me that Indonesian food was delicious. Being a food lover, I was salivating.

Sitting at the dinner table, my friends ordered a little of everything for everybody. So, I consumed the lot. Enjoying the exotic foreign tastes.

Big mistake.

Point 2. Indonesians like extremely hot chilli.

I smiled and continued eating.

Gulping down enormous amounts of cold water to quench the raging fire in my mouth. It was so hot I could hardly speak. But I struggled through the dinnertime conversation.

Friends said goodnight and dropped me off at the hotel.

About 12 midnight things went horribly wrong and I broke out in a dripping sweat. Jumping out of bed, I rushed to the bathroom. That night was sleepless, I was in a world of trouble. It was spent on the toilet.

My stomach was in agony.

I was like a tap draining dirty water.

A violent fever overwhelmed my body.

I had flashbacks to my appendicitis operation in Malaysia. Caused by consuming too many highly acidic, but delicious, tropical pineapples.

Last nights chilli was wreaking havoc on my digestive system.

My sensitive Australian stomach made loud rumbling noises. In the morning, I staggered to the local clinic, bent over, holding my stomach. The nurses had seen it many times before.

I was diagnosed with severe food poisoning.

Point 3. Clean western stomachs are not used to unclean Indonesian foods.

Even in good restaurants.

The doctors said I should stay the night to make sure my condition was stable.

I was considered a novelty to the Indonesian medical staff. In particular, one lady named Doctor Nova, was interested to discuss my faith in Jesus. I was also intrigued by her Islamic faith and why she wore such headgear?

I nicknamed her ‘Super Nova’.

We talked at length contrasting each other’s extremely different backgrounds.

About 2am in the morning she asked…

“Simon, why aren’t you married?”

“Because I haven’t met the right woman yet”. I replied. “Besides, I can’t marry you because you’re Muslim.”

To which Super Nova replied, “We have a Christian doctor here in the Clinic. Would you like to meet her?”

I felt horrible and looked worse. My stomach was still in a bad condition and I had little control of my bowels. Not an ideal time to meet a potential suitor.

“Sure” I said, “bring her to my bed tomorrow.”

The next morning I woke to meet a very special person…

A pretty Indonesian doctor stood at my bedside.

I was struck by her beauty, humility and kindness.

The pretty doctor is my girlfriend today and we’re planning on getting married.

Final Point: Even in the most difficult, uncomfortable situations, things work out for good.

If you would like to commission Simon to create an original romantic painting similar to the one below please,

‘Boyfriend’ by Simon Brushfield (2006) Oil and Acrylic on canvas. 1.4m x 1.6m (Sold: Private Acquisition)

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How a Quiet Mind Determines Creative Quality

This is a guest post from popular Australian writer Vacen Taylor who’s an author with Odyssey Books. Vacen has learnt a lot about creativity on the journey to becoming a successful writer. Her website ( click here ) is about reaching your true potential and allowing the creative self to flourish.

Here’s Vacen…

I was delighted to be asked by Simon to write a guest post on his wonderful artistic blog. We both have the same motivation – to create something unique.

As a writer my world is filled with stories and storytelling, below is my latest publication with Odyssey Books.

On every given day my thoughts revolve around characters willing me to give them life. Facial expressions are added and taken away, transferred or altered until they seem as natural as breathing.

Point 1. I scribe to the rhythm of my writing voice and mine alone.

Many authors, writers or storytellers live with mental noise associated with the creation of any type of project that requires them to take a reader into the realm of escapism.

This creative gift can also be an unsightly hindrance. So finding balance in a writer’s life is important. Well, I think it’s important. I find a gentle calm when I paint.

Point 2. The quietness of the canvas and the ease of the brush strokes provide me with a time of silence.

Painting dulls the mental noise, but still allows me to remain highly creative. While I don’t paint for a living, I do paint to experience the freedom found in a silent mind.

Many writers I know, depending on the genre they write, find the continual hammering of stories waiting to be told very disturbing, and sometimes their stories tap deep into their own raw emotions.

Point 3. It’s like dedicated actors who bury themselves so deeply into the qualities of a character they lose themselves for a time.

In acting, this dedicated technique provides viewers with a more authentic performance and in writing it can do the same thing. Many writers experience what I call “story rehearsal.” If a story is strong enough it will repeat or rehearse scenes over and over as mental images.

It’s like having a daylight dream in your head that simply will not go away.

Some writers hear characters speaking to them. But writers, like artists and everyone else have lives, past experiences, family upsets, tragedies, joys and difficult times. So finding time to tune out is a real necessity.

Point 4. It’s often difficult to silence an artistic mind filled with stories or images eager to be born.

For me, painting original art provides a creative quietness. I tune out from my writer’s world of mental images, words and characters and simply paint.

I experiment with bright colours, swirls and strokes. I paint what I’m feeling or sometimes where I want to be, which generally has an outer space theme.

One of my very first paintings was “Jupiter” painted in July 1994 when Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 broke up into pieces and collided with Jupiter. The little yellow splash of colour (bottom left) was my corny attempt to create the moment of impact in the painting.

Point 5. Every moment painting transforms a jostling mind into a quiet one.

‘Jupiter’ (1994) by Vacan Taylor Acrylic on canvas 60cm x 60cm

Josh Smith who is a New York based artist described a painting, as an “innocuous quiet thing.” He went on to say about creating an original painting…

“You want the thing to be unfinished. You want the viewer to be able to finish it themselves.”

His words resonated with me on a creative level, because I believe all stories are unfinished. A story of any genre will always have the willingness to continue on with or without the author.

A good example is my new children’s series published by Odyssey Books, . The story has potential to continue on in the reader’s imagination.

When I’m painting, I am the innocuous quiet thing, until the painting is finished and if that gentle quiet energy transfers onto the canvas I am very happy.

If I am to know myself better as an author, writer or storyteller then first I need to be comfortable with the occasional quietness of my mind.

Final Point. A still mind is a free mind, and freedom is a gift that can never be squandered.

Until we meet again… be bold and brave in your field of creativity. And never be afraid to explore new creative territories.
Vacen Taylor

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Front cover Brushcorp Fanzine 2012

What is a Fanzine? Well, it can be anything really. But it’s normally an electronic magazine compiling supporter’s comments, clippings, photographs – whatever people want to share. I’ve included recent artwork created for commissions and exhibitions in the recent past, as well as some light hearted entertaining stories related to my art.

Hope you enjoy the publication. Please make a comment below and send me your thoughts, so I can improve the next edition.

The ‘Storm Boy’ motion picture had an enormous impact upon 1970-80’s children in Australia. The movie totally captured my imagination  and embedded itself into the collective unconscious of Australian popular culture.

It is now a classic Australian childhood movie.

The story is about one boy’s passionate love affair with a pelican. And it touched the heart of millions of people in Australia.

He named the bird, Mr Percival.

Ever since the movie I have fallen in love with Pelican birds and created many paintings and drawings of these majestic and proud animals that have become close to the heart of many Australians.

‘Mr Percival’ by Simon Brushfield. Oil, Acrylic and Charcoal on paper. 80cm x 60cm (Private Acquisition)

The story includes themes of race relations, love of wildlife, the Australian land, family breakdown and Aboriginal culture.

Cinematography was excellent, portraying the rugged beauty of Australia, highlighting the people’s love of freedom and the outdoors lifestyle. Below is a clip from the popular motion picture based upon the successful children’s book.


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Beautiful art direction is associated with the Storm Boy children’s book and the Australian illustrator behind that famous piece of literature is Robert Ingpen.

The wildness and remoteness of the Australian landscape and the Aboriginal people were beautifully drawn in his original art illustrations.

Simon Brushfield interviews Robert below, to gain a deeper insight into Ingpen’s illustrations and creative thinking behind the beautiful original art in Storm Boy.


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Pictured above is a work in progress. Simon’s mobile studio on the floor of any room inside or outside depending upon the Australian season

Creativity: What inspires you?

I am often asked this question…

“Where do you get your inspiration from Simon?”

My response is simple.

Firstly, from people.

Secondly, from experiences.

And in that order.

For example, when I was in Indonesia, the people I met were inspiring.

For more please visit the guest article I wrote for my friend and popular Australian Author Vacen Taylor. Click here

This is the most important social skill of all,

which I have learnt in the past 10 years.

And I’m giving it away absolutely free.

Don’t be fooled, what I’m about to say is amazingly simple.

But incredibly powerful,

Here it is…

Point 1: Ignore People

But this is the trick…

You must ignore the right people.

This decision is up to your wise discretion.

I hope what I’m about to say will help you.

Ignoring the right people has taken me a long long time to learn.

This has meant that I’ve wasted a lot of time, with the wrong people.

But there’s a positive behind my story. Being late at grasping the skill of ignoring people has developed my character and given me amazing patience.

Here’s what I’ve recently discovered…

Listening and spending time, just to be kind or polite, to people is this…

A big mistake.

Kind and compassionate creative people are in the biggest danger of entertaining ‘time wasters’.

Oh, it’s extremely tiresome.

And incredibly boring

Being in conversation with a person who only wants to hear the sound of their own voice.

Point 2. Protect your time. It’s the most precious gift you have.

Guard it.

Use time wisely. Every second. On the people who deserve you.

There are some people in your life that you need to do one simple thing.

Ignore them.

And here’s the really weird thing about it…

They will love you for doing it.

Amazingly, if you ignore the right people, they will respect you even more!

Weird.

But true.

Recently, I have consciously decided to ignore a few important people in my life, who were draining my creative energy, and a weird thing has happened…

They love me for it!

It’s really strange.

Before our relationship was awkward and constantly problematic, but now things have dramatically improved.

Here’s the weird truth I’ve discovered…

Point 3. Some people really would prefer you ignore them.

Because it helps them.

Rather than you focusing upon them, highlighting their shortfalls, wasting your precious time and creative energy.

They need you to let them go.

So go ahead…

Ignore them.

Guilt free.

But listen closely here, because life becomes even more weird…like the old cliché says, ‘fact is often stranger than fiction’…

What I’m about to share with you, is an important element you mustn’t forget.

It will ensure your success or failure when ignoring people in your circle of friends, family, or business life.

Point 4. Be careful to ignore the most important people.

Yes, the very people that no one else ignores.

Pretend they don’t even exist.

Make sure you know the right people to ignore, because it’s dangerous to ignore the wrong people. Please don’t ignore the lowest person on the social ladder.

They desperately need your love and attention.

Point 5. Do the opposite to what everyone else is doing.

Because nobody else ignores the most important people, they’re the very people that desperately need someone to help them. So, go ahead, ignore your boss.

Do what you think is right.

They’ll respect you for it!

It’s true.

Treat the important people differently. Challenge them.

Be the only person in their life that helps them. By sparking some curiosity and intrigue, you will be the only catalyst for personal growth in their life, and they’ll love you even more.

That’s what being creative is all about.

Doing the opposite to the mainstream.

To get the right results.

The Dog Whisper puts it nicely…

Final Point: ‘If you’re the leader of the pack, ignore the other dogs’.

Just lead by example.

The painting below is the result of ignoring some important people in my life, following my heart and doing what I love. Despite other people telling me what I should do with my life.

I ignored them. icon smile The number one most important social skill you need to succeed in life

If you’re interested in owning an original Simon Brushfield painting, click here for his latest work available to purchase.

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Original Paintings: How to sell original abstract art

Most people believe selling original abstract art is difficult.

But I think selling original paintings is fun.

Like anything in life, if you sell original art the right way, it works beautifully and customers come back for more.

This post shows how I sell my original abstract art. Having fun at every step in the creative process.

From speaking with customers… Dealing with suppliers… And of course, producing a quality piece of work – which the customer loves .

Following are some important steps in my creative process.

After more than 20 years as an artist, I have learnt this lesson…

Intro Point. The process is the key to success.

This post shows how to use a proven successful creative process to sell original abstract art and at the same time build loyal customers by simply, having fun and doing what you love.

Sound ok?

So, lets start with the client. In the video below, Mr Tucker came to my place to describe his initial ideas.


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Point 1. Confidence was built instantly and a verbal agreement was reached with the customer at the first meeting.

Following some quality discussion, talks were ended as Mr and Mrs Tucker had to return to Tasmania.

Next stage, I flew across the Bass Strait to Tasmania to visit the museum and understand in more depth the environment and location in which my painting will hang….

Point 2. If possible, I like to visit first hand the building or room where the final painting will reside.

This builds confidence in the customer because it shows the artist really cares about the project and wants to understand the context of the final artwork. Very important. But only if it’s financially viable.

During initial discussions about the Tuckers vision for the abstract art painting and indeed the tennis museum in Tasmania, I decided to show my client Brett Whiteley’s painting of ‘The Cricketers’ created in 1964, to give a feel of the painting that I had in mind for the tennis museum.

Obviously, the subject matter would be changed to a tennis match, but I love the abstract painterly treatment given by Whiteley in this painting below.

Point 3. I like to use famous Australian paintings as inspiration for my work.

“The cricket match” (1964) by Brett WHITELEY, Longueville, NSW, Australia . Private collection

[ Approximately two weeks later after flying to Tasmania ]

After visiting the Tucker museum and seeing firsthand the space where the commission will hang once completed, I was clear in my mind what was needed for the project.

The nicely lit space below at the museum is attractive and perfect for a large modern contemporary painting on canvas.

Tucker Museum blank space where the customer wants an original Brushfield painting

However, as instructed by the customer the original painting must fit nicely the width of the space, but not come down too low, so people sitting on the bench are comfortable. Dimensions of the painting will be 1.8m x 75cm.

Point 4. I pay close attention and listen very carefully to what the customer wants

Furthermore, the colours of the painting must match the interior décor already established in the room. Neutral colours with an abstract tennis flavour will be the direction of the original painting. As the client establishes in the movie below.


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Whilst in the museum I heard amazing stories on the history of tennis backed up by antique magazines, famous autographs, newspaper articles [pictured below] and valuable memorabilia. In fact, one piece of memorabilia personally donated by Roger Federer to the Tucker Museum.

Tucker museum tennis article in a major Tasmania newspaper displaying the various artefacts

To help me better understand the customers, from both a male and female perspective, I also took video footage [below] of Mr Tucker in the museum, who passionately told the story of the social development of tennis and how he wants this concept to be captured artistically and incorporated into the painting commission.


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After spending one day and one night staying in the luxurious tennis museum, I felt that I had a good grasp of what the client wanted. Together over dinner we discussed artistic ideas, particular colours, important tennis history and the future of the museum in depth.

Point 5. I had fun and included all available people and a variety of ideas to enrich the process. This provided creative options for me to possibly use in the abstract painting.

Then on return to my Victorian studio, I put down some rough thoughts onto paper and began to understand how the painting might be layed out. [pictured below]

Wasting no time, I ordered a specific custom-made canvas with my preferred style of stretchers from a local art supplier.

Point 6. When dealing with suppliers, I never wait to the last minute. I order what I need immediately after speaking with the customer.

I don’t like the thin stretchers (pieces of wood behind the canvas) because they can sometimes buckle over time. Also, they look cheap. So I clearly instructed my supplier to create the canvas from thick pinewood. Thicker stretchers look strong, sturdy and more valuable hanging when original paintings are on the wall.

Point 7. Adding value in the small details, builds an artists quality reputation and provides a solid foundation for success.

“Tennis Museum Thumbnail” (2012) by Simon Brushfield. Pen on Paper, 21cm x 10cm

..Now, the elements in the picture above might change dramatically once paint hits the canvas. Original abstract art is difficult to control and often has a life of its’ own. But early rough sketches help settle my mind upon the dimensions and scale of a painting, the name and how some of the visual elements might appear.

Point 8. I don’t want to tightly control the artistic process. I like to go with the flow and let the process take the lead.

I decided to call the painting “Forty-fiffteen”, an idea that came on the plane whilst thinking about the future direction of the artwork.

The canvas is primed and textured in the studio ready for imagery (March 2012)

…..The next step is to semi randomly adhere texture to the surface of the canvas. This gives the original painting added interest inviting the eye to look further into the detailed work of the composition. Texture often invites the viewer to reach out and touch a painting.

Of course, in the the major galleries of the world touching a painting is prohibited.

In the early stages of a composition I sometimes like to begin with a horizon line (in yellow), to help me organise the visual elements. At this early stage there has already been around 4 layers of paint applied.

Point 9. Once finished my paintings receive approximately 20-30 layers of paint.

This creative process adds considerable stress to poor quality canvas’, so it is important to order a high quality gauge of canvas. This enables the abstract artist to rub, scrape and work the paint hard into the canvas to create the desired effect.

Thematic colour and serving character added to form a foundational tone of the tennis painting

…I am using charcoal because I love the creative effect it provides when mixed with oil paint.

However, I am still very much aware that future layers may cover over much of the imagery that I have created at this stage.

Point 10. I am not overly judgemental on my art too early. Refinements are made later.

Thinking about my customers interior colour scheme and the Australian identity, I decided to add a layer of neutral green which ties in nicely with the tennis theme, similar colour to an indoor tennis court, and the clients decor

Thematic colours added and serving player included to form a foundational tone of the tennis painting

……I like the rhythmic feature of a player serving. I want to capture this movement in the character towards the top right hand corner of the artwork. In future layers I will add colour and a sense of movement similar to Brett Whiteley’s painting in his cricketers picture above.

Creating a Brett Whiteley style of image for the tennis player will come later. My most pressing priority was to figure out how I was going to use the space above the net in the left handside of the painting.

Point 11. Creating a well balanced harmonious rhythmic layout in a composition is essential.

After much time spent pondering this problem, I decided to let my thoughts go and begin just to paint. As I begun, instantly I figured out what needed to be done. During conversations with the customer, Mr Tucker mentioned that he played much of his early tennis days in Melbourne, especially The South Yarra Tennis Club.

This seemed to tie in nicely with the Tucker museum and the Australian Open tennis tournament held every year in Melbourne. The Tasmanian museum houses many high profile tennis identities synonymous with the Davis Cup and the Australian Open tennis tournaments.

The marketing of the Australian Open is often centred around images of a lively metropolitan city.

A place where Mr Tucker spent much of his youth playing tennis. And in my mind during those early days, behind was a backdrop of the city. As I painted, these thoughts were circling through my mind. Then surprisingly, shapes developed on the canvas.

Point 12. Often by playing with paint and without conscious effort, relevant abstract images appear on the canvas.

In this case, I saw in abstract form a city skyline. With the tennis player serving amongst the city buildings, it seems to me to fit perfectly with the social aspect of tennis where many people come together and enjoy their favourite game in the city.

Either at small local clubs like South Yarra, or the larger international stadium’s like Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

Basic pictorial elements in place and the first layer of varnish has been applied to allow for future layers not to affect the foundational elements

[ Approximately one month after flying to Tasmania and visiting the museum ]

City roofs and skyscraper buildings intermingled with abstract forms of people in the background behind the net

At this stage I needed confirmation from the client about the direction of the painting. Mrs Tucker provided valuable feedback stating she wasn’t happy with the 40/15 idea and felt the tennis net was too dominant. In an email she stated…

“Simon, I’m not too keen on the 40/15 idea I feel that the strong net and the 40/15 will make it more of a poster (billboard) than I wanted. I love the Brett Whiteley cricketers. Is it possible to give “tennis players”  the same abstractedness, that Whiteley has done with the cricketers, where background and players seem to merge a little?”

Point 13. Involve the client in every important step in the creative process.

This is the perfect kind of feedback an artist needs midway through a painting.

Mrs Tuckers comments were incorporated into the development of the picture below displaying a less dominant net and a subdued background more in line with Whiteley’s painting.

The background still needs to be refined.

Also the foundational figures and skin tones of the tennis players in action have been inserted. These will be abstracted more at a later stage and I look forward to further confirmation from the customer, before taking things to the next step.

Lunging Tennis Player detail by Simon Brushfield. Colours will be muted and neutralised towards the end of the process

Point 14. Respond positively to the customers comments and respect their input.

The customer is now very happy with the direction of the abstract painting because the net has reduced importance in the composition and the players are more abstracted (pictured below).

The painting still requires minor improvements which I like to complete over time. The final stages needs much time and reflection, gazing at the painting for extended periods of time in order to allow thoughts and ideas to settle.

Pale Tennis painting by Simon Brushfield 1024x407 Original Paintings: How to sell original abstract art

Tennis Painting with refined background by Simon Brushfield

Above the original abstract painting is a little too pale and white , which means much of the tennis character has been nullified. I need to bring back the personality of the game through colour with two final additions.

Firstly, a neutral green and secondly, a final coat of varnish which will add that richness and character to the piece.

Point 15. Don’t get lost in the artistic process, but remember where the painting will finally hang.

After much discussion about which courier service to use, it was decided upon that Packsend was the best option.

They offered a reasonable and timely service and the painting is now in their Geelong store waiting to be flown to Tasmania. Will update the post upon arrival in Launceston and receive the final comments from the customer.

[The commission from beginning to end, took a pproximately two months ]

Below is the painting after final touch ups were completed.

Final Tennis Museum Painting by Simon Brushfield on the Wall in Tasmania

Point 16. Get written feedback from the customer, to use as future testimonial reference

To close the project nicely I received an email from the customer Mr Denis stating, “the painting we just love so much…FANTASTIC, THANK YOU”. His wife, Mrs Tucker, in a separate email was also very thankful saying, “Your painting has arrived and we just love it. You have understood exactly what we enjoy… Again well done, we think a great achievement”.

A few months later Mr Tucker sent another email saying “the fantastic vibes I have for your ‘Tennis In The Skyline’ (as I call it)……has been fantastic”.

So that’s how I like to work my creative process.

I get out of bed to have fun being creative, doing what I love.

Life is good.

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