Saturday, Jun 03, 2017
by Stevie The Fixer
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WonderStreet Interview with Stevie The Fixer

We invite you to take some time to get to know a very interesting member of the WonderStreet community, Stevie the Fixer.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: What got you interested in art? Have you taken any art classes?

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.

Give us a brief rundown of your typical day – from the time you get up until you go to bed.

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.

What does “being creative” mean to you?

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!

Do you collect anything?

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.

Do you have any favourite blogs you read?

No favourites, I just have the occasional stumble-upons if I'm resting, which is rare.

Do you admire any artists / photographers? (Famous or not!)

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.

What is your most important artistic tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

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.

Do you have an online portfolio or a blog where we can view your work?

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).

Are you involved in any upcoming shows or events? Where and when?

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.

Could you share a few of your favourite WonderStreet users with us? What do you like about their work?

"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.

Thank you, Stevie The Fixer, for offering your interesting and inspiring views!

More examples of Stevie The Fixer's work can also be found on his WonderSreet profile: http://wonderstreet.com/stevie-the-fixer

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