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This is the next instalment in my series about the artists who allow me to use their pictures for the articles I write here in HubPages and in my own WordPress Blog.
Ricky4 was particularly supportive when I started writing and even sent me a picture as a gift to do with as I pleased. He was the first artist in deviantart to call me "buddy" and that meant a lot.
I sent Ricky4 an e-mail asking him if he would like me to write an article about him and his art as my way of showing him my appreciation. Following is his reply exactly as he requested I present it.
My name is Richard Turgeon....but most people called me Ricky or Ricky4. I live in Canada, in the city of Montreal.
I got involved in art when I was five years old. With a single pen, I started to reproduce my Dad's acrylic paintings. When he was not playing his piano, he used to put them on the top of it, so I could share my new passion with him and he soon became my mentor.
New Avenues of Expression
Over the years, I found myself increasingly drawn to express myself through my art. It was as if my brain was taking on a life of its own and was constantly asking for more. From very early on I knew that art was to become a very big part of my life. I always felt the urge to discover a beautiful and new exciting world. From time to time, I got acquainted with so many different and interesting avenues to express myself and these included:
China ink, Geometry, Sculpture, Pop art, Scratchboard, Pen & pencil techniques, Pastels, Comic style, Water painting, Abstract, Architecture and the list goes on...
Back in 1996, I took Info-Graphic lessons and enjoyed the beauty of Digital Painting and Photo-manipulation, which are also the two main techniques I use mostly to this day.
My inspiration comes mainly from two sources and these are
- The Brainstorming Process
When I use the Brainstorm thing, I discover that a strange but a yet useful pattern always emerges. I get so many variances from one starting project that I never tire of it. It works for me all the time and I never repeat the same ideas that I virtually create in my mind. It is an invaluable tool I've learned from school and found out that most film producers, writers and artists use the same technique as a muse.
Music also elevates my feelings which in turn spur me to come up with ideas or concepts. This is pretty handy when the inspiration doesn't come out of the box...sort of speaking. Sometimes a word or phrase from a song is instantly refreshing...like something is reborn again or wants to be renewed. I also think that music accentuates the mood inside my artwork..but that's only my opinion!
Art as Therapy
I use art as a way of expressing my thoughts and feelings and sometimes, that can be quite therapeutic. I benefit from it every time and it brings me the comfort of achieving something big!
I emphasise colours, shadows and light reflections inside each of my projects. I do have a weakness for adding perspective to what I do. I like to bend unrealistic and unexplored places. Because I like to cheat with my vision!
Lots of people do ''body work-out'' to relieve stress. Art has that effect on me....but in a good and intellectual way! For me, It represents a path of pushing the limits of my imagination further than I could possibly do ....not to mention experiencing the escaping mood and relief after a hard day at work!
Finally, I have included below some examples of my projects! I would welcome and appreciate your comments and critiques.
If you would like to see more of my work please follow the link I have provided here which will take you to my gallery in deviantart.
If you would like to use my art with your articles I would ask that you grant me the same respect I would your work and ask that you please credit me with a link back to my gallery. You can also purchase block prints of my art in deviantart.