Original Watercolour By Phil Anderson
Christmas Inspiration 2015.
Phil has kindly given me his permission to share both his painting
and his really wonderful message to me.
I have always believed there is far more to art than simply creating.
We touch peoples lives and can also help others. This is a wonderful email.
And again I am very grateful to be contacted, and mentioned in this way.
Thank you Phil.
We previously exchanged a short email about painting demonstrations.
I am located in Dublin, Ireland and I suffer from mental health illness.
I have found a deep love of watercolor painting and I try various styles
from different artists/writers. I find painting is a great source of therapy for
me as it helps me to live in the moment and forget about other challenging matters. I especially love your books and I paint some of your demonstrations over and over again, at times with a different twist.
Recently I spoke as a service user at an exhibition in the mental health services hospital that I attend along with other speakers including Brent Pope, New Zealand, a renowned rugby commentator who is one of the ambassadors for the mental health services hospital. I submitted two paintings to the exhibition, one of which is painted based on a theme from one of your demonstrations - it is a semi abstract painting of a georgian door ... I use all kinds of different colours albeit I do not use cling film or sea salt (I think I am using the wrong paper type to truly get the desired effects). To date and to my surprise I received 4 expressions of interest from people in the semi abstract painting. To date I have never accepted money for paintings and rather I asked people to simply donate to a charity of their choice. On this occasion though I will accept the monies and I would like to donate some of this money back to 'Walk in My Shoes' which is a charity for teenagers who suffer from mental health. I will also spend some of the money on your DVDs so that I can learn more artistic techniques.
I wanted you to know how much pleasure, therapeutic value and inspiration that I get from watercolor painting especially from your books. I also wanted you to know that you are indirectly supporting a truly worthwhile charity.
Yours in Art, Phil Anderson