After I had started smoking weed, I read some articles about artists experimenting with different drugs and seeing the effects it had on their work. Bryan Lewis Saunders, for example, was an artist who did a self-portrait of himself every day. When it started to get boring, he began taking different types of drugs and if you check out the images online and compare each image, some of them had amazing and insane effects.
It seems like drugs have a magical influence on artists of all kinds, painters, musicians, authors, composers, actors and more. Many talents have been amplified by the use of drugs throughout history. I started to think, well if the marijuana had that effect on me, what would happen if I tried other drugs?
I decided to start with LSD, thinking it might bring out the psychedelic side of me. I was slightly nervous, but I checked out everything online and from the friend that got it from me. I took a small capsule and made myself comfortable in the studio. After about an hour, I started feeling it, I put on some music and picking up a pen, I started sketching up some ideas. Then I just started seeing colors. Everywhere. So I threw down the pens and picked up my brushes.
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I had a massive canvas setup (I had planned ahead and thought, I want this one to be a big one) and about 30 different colors on the table next to me. I felt like I was flying, and I wanted to portray this through the paint. My mind felt like it was outside of my body watching me paint, but at the same time it was in my hands as they moved across the canvas.
I could picture all sorts of things, shapes, clouds, tunnels, lights, icicles, rivers, tree trunks, and all of this got placed in the painting one way or another. I was there for hours, splashing color all over the place. Then I wanted a change, and I picked up paper with charcoal and watercolors and anything I could find. I felt pleasure, doing what I love. After about 6 or 7 hours, my mind was still going but my body couldn’t keep up. It felt tired, though my mind didn’t want to stop.
It is as if you are woken up, all your senses are opened, and you see everything around you more clearly. It took ages to sleep, I just kept picturing patterns and colors and more ideas for art pieces. The next day, not feeling too bad, I went and had a look at my creations. They were amazing and had the psychedelic factor.
It brings a huge change in my art, and some of my buyers love it. It is a fun experience.