Color Crush Creative-Riding the Rollercoaster of a Painting Career, Painting with Clair Bremner
INTRODUCING CLAIR BREMNER OF @CLAIRBREMNER
Clair Bremner is an abstract floral and landscape artist from Melbourne, Australia. Her artwork is inspired by nature and she likes to focus on bringing the outside in. Clair’s paintings are highly decorative, however they also serve as a reflection of the beauty and complexity that nature provides. She captures the essence of a landscape, stylizing it and makes it her own. Clair’s paintings are both a direct reflection of her surroundings and an imaginary world – a secret garden that exists in her mind. A whimsical place that she can go to escape and be lost within. Clair creates a world that she wants to be in and that provides an escape from the everyday.
“Stop worrying about whether you have a unique style or not and instead just focus on improving your skills as an artist. Over time your uniqueness will begin to show through naturally. ”
TAKE A LOOK AT CLAIR’S PROCESS:
You will be a one man band. Unless you happen to have a tower of money in your backyard, if you are wanting to make an income from your art then you need to realise that you will spend at least 50% of your day doing everything except actually creating….
Insecurity. Because you tend to spend so much time on your own doing your own thing, when it comes to sharing that thing with the world there is a lot of self doubt that comes out with it. Running any kind of creative business that relies on you making something individual and unique and then selling it is like riding a rollercoaster….
You cannot switch off. Ever. Generally, being a creative person means that you are always coming up with new ideas and planning your next move. However when you are relying on it for your livelihood it can become almost impossible to take any actual downtime….
A FEW FUN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CLAIR:
Clair is an introvert. That doesn’t mean she’s shy and withdrawn, it just means that she doesn’t like a lot of people around me for too long. After she teaches an in-person workshop it takes a few days for her to recover.
Clair has never worked an actual “job” for anyone else in her whole life. She has only ever generated her own income, first as a photographer and now as an artist. She is very self motivated and sometimes thinks that the urge to create her own income comes more from the fact that she don’t like being told what to do than anything else.
The only tattoo Clair regrets I regret is the one she got when she was 19. She has no issues with any of her kids getting tattooed when they are older, as long as they wait until they are at least 25 so that they are not just making an impulsive decision. . . And yes Clair realizes that statement makes her a bit of a hypocrite as she has three tattoos and she’s planning on getting more.
In her spare time, she enjoys knitting and crocheting. She learned to knit when she was about 10 and picked it up again in her 20’s. She loves the repetitive process and it is her way of relaxing. But Clair says she only finishes 2 out of every 5 projects I begin, and she has more yarn than she could ever use in her lifetime.
Clair LOVES coffee, however, she actually only ever drinks one (maybe two) cups a day. Quite often she will make a cup of coffee and never actually drink it.