Gabriel Gressie is a person who lives in a small town of Netherlands called Stadskanaal. He is married to his wife Gerda since 1980 and together, they have 8 sons making a very happy family. Well, ever since Gressie was a small child, he knew that he wanted to be an artist and he was confident enough that he has what it takes, inside of him. He loves to envision things and then paint them on the panel as realistic as possible. He also claims that he challenges himself to paint whatever he envisions in his mind. He finds the right objects to make the painting even more realistic. No matter how good how good he can paint, he is never satisfied with himself and you always try to improve his methods so that he could finally put a masterpiece on the panel. Painting is his life and that’s exactly why he wants it to be the better than everybody else. He painted, he improved and it went on until he finally managed to paint a masterpiece taking 2.5 years in total.
Making a painting does take quite some time and that’s the reason why he never got to make a large project until December 2014. He received a commission from a very wealthy client who loves to collect antique toys. He was told that he had to do a gigantic work of 2 x 2 metre and with the deadline until April 2017. Basically, he had completed in 2.5 years. He said that he has been waiting for such an opportunity all his life so that he could work carelessly. He was on the 9th cloud for some days until he was brought back to earth by obscurities. His former studio was a part of his bedroom and the easel and all other equipment were tucked in a corner where he used to paint. The space was not good enough to hold a 2 x 2 metre panel and hence he had to convert their guesthouse into the new studio. It was the only place the panel would fit in and he had no other option.
He said that it was a challenge to start off with the drawing as he has never worked on such a monumental scale ever before. He had to make a self-made easel to bear the weight of the panel. In order to reach the top of the panel, he had to climb up a patio table which was kept in the outdoor. There were days when he spent 4 hours with his head pressed against the ceiling only to draw a couple of square centimetres. This really proves how hard working he was and maybe that’s the reason why he ended up with a brilliant masterpiece. He also gathered source materials from his client in order to incorporate them into the painting and make it more realistic. It did take a lot of time to paint but he enjoyed every second of it. The masterpiece took shape day after day and that is what made him going.
July 19th was when the downfall started. He was feeling very uncomfortable with a tight knot in his chest. He drove himself to the hospital because he thought it would make him feel better. Doctors told him that his blood pressure was too high and had a critical level of hypertension. He had to be kept in IC, induced in artificial sleep when the investigations began. It was a heart failure, they said and it took him over a month to feel a slight better and become optimistic enough to resume work.
Medicines for doing their work and all he needed next was that minuscule of brush in his hand. He knew it would make him feel better and it did but something again happened later on. He had to paint with a trouble of reaching the top, polish his painting every layer and it was basically a difficult job but he was enjoying it.
Summer 2016 brought yet another obstacle in front of him. He started experiencing heavy back pain and he blamed the unnatural positions while painting, for it. Just to be sure about the fact, he went to the hospital and was immediately hospitalised. He found out that he had diabetes as well as kidney failure and he had to learn how to use insulin. He was recovered fairly and did not need insulin anymore and stays on a low carb diet nowadays. So many hindrances came but he did not give up.
There was a situation when the last few months he had to work 16 hours a day to finish the masterpiece. He did not feel it was a tough job because he was actually loving to do it. 2.5 years was the time he took to paint this masterpiece. If you watch the painting in full size, you would definitely understand why it took 2.5 years. On March 12th 2017, he put the final stroke on the masterpiece and that was the end of a long and entertaining 2.5 years project with many ups and downs.
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