We invite you to take some time to get to know a very interesting member of the WonderStreet community, Stevie the Fixer.
I have never taken art classes but I did a college course in traditional signwriting decades ago and worked at that for a few years. I guess that gives me some experience with brushes and paint. I retired early and my wife gave me some art materials, so I decided to have a try.
I wake up naturally (great to be retired), eat breakfast while reading the news/Twitter online and looking up any reference material. Then it's off to shed to either paint or fix or make something. Last week, I fixed a car wheelbearing and the transmission of my old scooter. Once it's a bit warmer, I will finish detailed plans for a flying model of a Geobat, which will be a sort of flying sculpture. I also made a life-size R/C golden Eagle 21yrs ago. I often go out for lunch with my long-suffering wife. Sometimes I come back after to carry on. In the evenings, I typically use or work with one of three flightsims to make development work/panels, aerodynamics, sometimes sound files and very rarely repaints (some shown here). Later, I spend some time with my wife actually sitting down for a while. I'm not one for late nights and I'm usually in bed by 11pm.
I guess for me it is just part of life. I can't just sit and do nothing, I rarely like something exactly as supplied to me, so I tweak, modify, rebuild, improve (hopefully) fix or make. And now I put the outpourings of a deranged mind onto canvas!
Almost by accident, I found myself with a few old model railway locos and restored them to sit on windowsills. Then, a few years ago, I decided to try making the sort of scenic realistic layout i saw in magazines. I made the baseboard from shopfront foamboard, all of the buildings and scenic stuff. I also wired in lights. Half of the components are new. Half of them are restored. In total, it took me three nights to complete this project.
No favourites, I just have the occasional stumble-upons if I'm resting, which is rare.
I have a great many here and on other sites. I like really good artists of all ages. I prefer the inventive, unusual ones, people who don't just paint endless landscapes, nice though they may be if done really well.
I would definitely say my imagination. I like to think of something unusual, an unusual angle or way of showing something before I even bother to get started. Once started, I reckon a good pencilled-in perspective box helps me.
I do not have a website, but surprisingly, I am Google-able as "Stevie The Fixer." There are a lot of my images at the start of the page (apologies to Mr. Van-Zant and the excellent TV series of the same name).
Not currently. I might have to show or even sell someday because we have a small house and growing lack of space. I had an exhibition as part of "Artline Fife" last year, but I did that mainly to help out when the local artists didn't turn up on time.
"Strange Case." I love the whole "Airfix" series. It's very inventive and nicely surreal. This is also a great way to make a point. Eva Czarniecka has a wonderful way of showing images of great presence. I really feel like I am there. John Lowerson, of course, with his excellent atmospheric motorcycle series. Of course, there are many, many more and I am sure that I will continue to discover new artists.