We met David here, in 3D boatyard by pure accident. We literally stumbled upon him the first minute we came. He was working on his catamaran Ubuntu with protective goggles and a breathing mask, scraping the bottom of the boat, when we started asking him all kinds of questions. He was very polite, and answered them all.
We became friends instantly with him and the rest of his family.
We found out that he is an artist many days later. It is not something he is bragging about.
I always wanted to paint. But I started painting professionally late, when I was 40. I started in California, when I took part in a program to stimulate the artistic creative process; a program combining art and psychology using a technique called Stream of Consciousness. We started with writing exercises. For 30 minutes we just wrote whatever came to mind. No order, no thought. I wrote poetry using this technique. The next exercise was to fill a page with color in 15 minutes. No white space. It is how I started painting and developing my personal abstract style.
When I paint, there is no thought in my head necessarily. I just start painting. I do it by reflex. If it feels right I put it on the canvas. It is very much a process, not a predetermined concept.
But since we have been travelling, I have been inspired by the world that surrounds me: nature in the Caribbean; the underwater world; beautiful sunsets.
The Carnival Series, for example, was inspired by the energy of Grenada, the people, the festival.
For some reason, in Valencia I was struck by the strange angles of the roofs of buildings from different eras and how they related to each other.
Still, when I paint, I don’t think too much about any subject or concept. I just paint.
I love David’s paintings. I find them captivating and dangerously hypnotizing. I become weightless and start spinning looking at them, don’t you?
If you’d like to see more of David’s art, you can find it on his website at davidmilton.com
You can also read his Stream of Consciousness poems here.
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