Artist Bob McGill presents his delightful collection of artwork, using recycled materials and an unusual technique. See more of his work by visiting his website.
I live in Nashville, TN on a bluff overlooking the Cumberland River, just a few miles east of the downtown area.
All of my paintings are created using a common safety razor. I have broken the blades into different lengths to allow more flexibility while I am painting. I try to use recycled materials where possible. Most of my pieces are painted on used or damaged cabinet doors.
The pieces that are not on reused cabinet doors are displayed in frames that are usually made from recycled wood taken from home remodeling projects. The imperfections in the used material sometimes shows through the painting. Most people think this adds to the piece, as I do. If the damage is significant, I will repair it but always make note of it on the back of the piece.
The reason I paint is quite simple. When I wake up I like to see things that make me smile.
Today’s world is so full of stress. People rush around, never pausing and really looking at things. They seem to be so busy that they don’t enjoy life. I paint with bright, bold, happy colors to make people take notice.
I also try to paint happy images, and give them titles to match the mood of the piece. There is nothing more satisfying then having someone look at one of my paintings and break into a big smile. That is what life is about…being happy.
For the past 19 years, I have been participating in outdoor art shows, and a few indoor ones as well. In the early years, I would only do 2 or 3 shows per year. Now that I have retired from the Post Office, I try to do 8 to 10 shows per year.
I have been as far north as Quincy, Illinois and as far south as Orlando, Florida. When I am at these shows, I like to demonstrate how I paint. People don’t believe that my pieces are painted using razor blades so I have to show how it is done.
A portion of everything I sell goes to animal rescue. Last year, people who purchased my paintings helped me donate enough money to the Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society to sponsor (paying half of the adoption fee) about 50 dogs and cats.