I wish to carry out a documentary project which looks into the community of painting in Cheltenham, specifically focused on one painter named Louis Parsons. I met Louis one day after walking past and seeing his studio filled with colour and something caught my attention and I had to knock a few days later to just have a chat. We got on straight away and after speaking plenty of times about different artistic movements and techniques I learnt about the community Louis has created, a few hundred people of all ages, in which he shares his knowledge on painting and the world. Running workshops and online tutorial lectures, Louis is a very good example of a freelance artist. One piece of his work has been sold for £120,000 in a charity auction for a 10 year old girl named Tilly. He has leased and been commissioned by major companies for paintings and prints. Louis has come about an original idea that is called Soulscaping, it is an imaginal and creative process he has refined over two decades to not only create art work but to define and master his own life experience, he has managed to work with leadership teams and groups to help them define theirs too. What this allows people to do is to see the world through the eyes of an artist; to create your life experience as an artist would approach a blank canvas. A daily, weekly practice to help define those life experiences that you really want to unfold in your life. What really appealed to me is that Louis is so focused on the individual and the experience of the moment, and understanding thought processes, after reading similar theory such as Jordan Peterson and Kandinsky. I have explored the sustainability of the lone artist and how Louis is helping people sustain their lives too using the language of art that many people can connect to. I wish to capture Louis creating his art work and place him within the natural environment of his locality and areas of reference. I wish to incorporate the primitive patterns and details found in nature that represent the sustainability and ordered structures of life and reality to try and get across the power of this individual.
BACK UP PLAN-
A field of work in the public sector that sustains the public domain... Council, Police, health services etc. A documentary narritve that looks into the sustainability that certain job roles in the public sector maintain.