You can find out a bit about me and my art today and then tour with someone else next week (directions at the end!) Now to answer the 4 tour questions:
1 What am I working on?
I am building a "body of work" - meaning a bunch of paintings based on the subject matter that I like- funky animals and people (right now stylized angels). Here are some pictures of recent work -
2. How does my work differ from others of it's genre?
I am a mixed media artist - meaning I use every available material, including the kitchen sink, in my work. I desire for my art to make people smile and that is what I strive for. I love to use strong combinations of color in all my work - a dash of blue, a dash of red, etc. I often paint my board with an undercoating of bright red, orange or blue before starting to sketch in. I love how it peeks through the painting and adds depth.
3. Why do I create what I do?
Because I have to! I didn't get serious about improving my painting skills until I moved to South Carolina 3 years ago. It took me a long time to say to anyone that I was an artist. Painting and drawing have become part of my life like breathing and eating (with less calories!). I love what I do now and I am grateful to have the time and space to do it.
4. How does your creating process work?
That's a hard one - I don't have any specific method to get started. I am inspired by things I see online, art and photos. I am inspired by the world around me. I usually sketch out what I am planning to paint and then just begin. Sometimes my paintings take surprising turns and sometimes they look pretty much as I saw them in my mind (less often - lol). I guess I just let ideas percolate and then create. When I hit a rut, I find something I like and paint it. Best rut beater I know.
I hope you have enjoyed my tour. Next Monday - July 7th - you will be traveling to see Katherine Jeanne Wood (or Katie as she calls herself) who is a fabulous artist using many different media. She paints wonderfully sensitive portraits. Her work is unique and beautiful. You can find her here at her website (http://katherinejeannewood.com/) and her blog is here.
Here's a short bio - Katherine Jeanne Wood is a daily painter focused on portraiture, collage, and abstract art in her own unique style. She works in acrylics and oils. Her artwork has been published in three books, and a fourth will be out later this year
Thanks so much for visiting today - have a blessed and creative day.