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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Soul Food Meet and Greet: Kristen Powers



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Today we are welcoming Kristen Powers! After you read her interview, be sure and stop by her blog and enter her GIVEAWAY!!!





Tell us about you and your art journey.
My art journey has been culminating my entire life. My mom always said I was an artist, though it took many years for me to believe her. I was ‘self taught’ until I was 41 and decided to go to college and get my degree in art. At 45 I graduated with my BFA in Studio Art. I certainly do not believe that an art degree is necessary, but it was a wonderful experience and I am so glad I did it! After I graduated, I bought a rubber stamp company, RubberMoon Art Stamps and I now run the business and design stamps and paper art projects. So in many ways, my ‘art journey’ is still, really, just beginning!
 
What are some of the things that nourish your soul? How do you decide what to create - where do your ideas come from?
Creating nourishes my soul. I can hardly think of anything else I would rather be doing than spending time in my studio, painting, drawing or creating a project. My ideas and inspiration come from so many sources. I never have a lack of ideas and I truly believe that creativity is a
state of mind. I used to think that if I wasn’t in the actual constant state of creating something that my muse had left me. I no longer believe that. As it is impossible to be in the state of creating perpetually. I feel that the spaces in between creation are just as relevant and productive as the act or process itself.
What is one piece of advice that you’d like to share with other artists?
Don’t ever, ever give up. Be courageous. (well that’s two, I know, but they go together!)
How do you re-energize yourself or your muse if you have a creative “dry spell”?
I re-energize myself by getting plenty of sleep. And as far as ‘dry spells’…I just work and make stuff even when I may not “feel it”. Some days just aren’t as groovy as others and that is okay!
How have the “rough spots” in life affected your art?
Profoundly. My mom passed away ten years ago. She was my best friend and biggest supporter. When she died, I had a huge creative burst. I really never believed I was an artist until that point. I think I wanted to honor her and make her proud. Three years after my mom passed, I also lost my dad. That was a huge and unexpected blow. My dad was my other best friend and fan. He helped me with all of my computer work and so when he died I was really at a loss creatively and otherwise. It was the driving force in me going to college. So the rough spots have definitely affected, not only my art, they have affected my journey entirely. Honestly, I believe that the rough spots are what give you character and character always shines through in a person’s art.
Tell us about the first piece you created that you felt really proud of...
I have been proud of different works at different times for different reasons…I cannot recall one specific one as being the first. I was really proud of my Senior Exhibit at my graduation. I was so scared and felt so vulnerable. But it all came together and was wonderful!
When you’re creating something, how do you decide when it’s finished?
Good question! LOL It is hard to “KNOW” but I think it is just a feeling. And the more technical knowledge we gain the easier it gets to “KNOW”. But of course much of it is intuitive.
What was the nicest compliment you’ve ever received about your work?
The nicest compliment is to see your work framed and hanging prominently in someone’s home. I have received such wonderful compliments that really touch my heart. I think being told I am a great teacher is really awesome too!
What drives your sense of validation or legitimacy as an artist?
Haha!  Who says I feel valid or legit?!! LOL! Seriously, I think that graduating really gave me a lot of confidence. Not because I think having an art degree is that important (in fact I don’t think it is important at all). However, it was a huge sense of accomplishment and the fact that I managed to go to school full time and work and take care of my kids and family…well, it made me feel I could do anything I set my mind to!

What are some recurring themes/subjects in your work?
Moons. I paint a lot of moons.
Do you have a signature set of colors? Show us some examples in your work, pretty please!
I don’t really. I love every color. I do not discriminate against any hue, tint or shade.
What are some elements that make your work “yours”?
I don’t know that I have any specific elements that I use consistently but I do sign all my paintings “kae pea” which are my initials spelled out.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
Definitely quilting and sewing and playing guitar.
What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
I like to work early in the morning and in silence. But I don’t really have too many routines or patterns…one of the benefits of being a self employed artist!
What hangs on your walls? Do you collect work by other artists?
I do hang my own work but mostly that is just because I have so much of it! Not necessarily because I choose it over other artist’s work. I only have maybe two paintings that I will keep and never part with. I DO have other artist’s work hanging in my studio/shop. It is work from many, many of my friends both local and online. It is called heART Space Artist Collective. It is it a permanent display of collected works and one day, it will be filled to the brim and become a destination spot for people to come and view!
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share a bit of my thoughts and my story. I am honored to be a part of Soul Food with so many talented and like- minded creative spirits!
kae
pea






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Check out our new class coming December 30, 2013! Join 39 artists over 6 months for a mix of art and craft projects as diverse as the different personal styles of our instructors: cool mixed media techniques, art dolls and other sewing projects, jewelry making, handmade journals, abstract art, portraits, sculpting, works on canvas and in journals. Find out more!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Soul Food Meet and Greet: Sarah Hand


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Today we are welcoming Sarah Hand! After you read her interview, be sure and stop by her blog and enter her GIVEAWAY!!!






I’m Sarah Hand, a mixed media artist living in Richmond, Virginia. Painting, collage and paper mache are my passions. Combining all three is even better! I’m thrilled to be part of the Soul Food faculty and look forward to sharing my talents and connecting with new artists, and learning more, myself!

Tell us about you and your art journey. I’ve made art all my life. My mom was very encouraging and we had lots of art supplies in the house. Even though I studied English Literature in college, I spent most of my free time learning how to make books, sewing, painting, etc... I’ve never stopped making art, all these years later. Mostly, though, I was just making it for me or friends and family.  Only in the last five years have I pursued art more seriously, as a passion and a living.  I’m still figuring things out, but I do believe I’m on the right path!
What are some of the things that nourish your soul? How do you decide what to create - where do your ideas come from?
I love to read, and learn and keep my brain active. I get ideas all the time, and that really nourishes my soul. As far as deciding what to create - sometimes I have an idea that just pops into my head and I am driven to make it. Other times, it’s not so much a decision making process, but a dialogue with the materials. What are the colors and shapes suggesting? What story do I see in them? That is when I find my flow and get very productive!

How do you re-energise yourself or your muse if you have a creative “dry spell”?
This is a tough one! But it is a valuable question to contemplate.  Sometimes, the well runs dry and it’s important to refill it. Getting out of my head, and getting out in the world - a museum, a movie, a walk, going to a conference - all of those things can refresh me. And sometimes - most times - I have to be tough with myself and just sit at the art table and start. Even without knowing where I’m headed, even if I don’t feel like it or have ideas. Just start!

What was the nicest compliment you’ve ever received about your work?
A guy once told me that a painting of mine in a group show looked like a kid painted it - and he meant it as a compliment!

What drives your sense of validation or legitimacy as an artist?
First and foremost, I have to have that feeling. You know that feeling? It’s a wise knowing that the work is true to me and my vision. After that, getting feedback from people who say that my art makes them happy. My goal is to make art that is happy and full of wonder, and if someone tells me that’s how it makes them feel, my job is done!

What are some elements that make your work “yours”?
I love to draw and paint and collage and sculpt people. Little characters, often with funny faces or big teeth, that live in my mind.  I always have, forever. And it is rare that I’ll make art without people in it. Lately, I’ve been noticing that I am enamored of pink, yellow and blue! Those colors show up way more often than I am consciously using them. I know that will change, as I love color and will move on to something else.  But, for now, pink, yellow and blue are my jam!

Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?

I’m forever on the edge of trying to art journal. It never sticks - I might be overthinking it!



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Check out our new class coming December 30, 2013! Join 39 artists over 6 months for a mix of art and craft projects as diverse as the different personal styles of our instructors: cool mixed media techniques, art dolls and other sewing projects, jewelry making, handmade journals, abstract art, portraits, sculpting, works on canvas and in journals. Find out more!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Soul Food Meet and Greet: Jacqui Fehl


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Today we are welcoming Jacqui Fehl! After you watch her interview, be sure and stop by her website!!!



Jacqui Fehl - Soul Food Interview from Jacqui Fehl on Vimeo.


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Check out our new class coming December 30, 2013! Join 39 artists over 6 months for a mix of art and craft projects as diverse as the different personal styles of our instructors: cool mixed media techniques, art dolls and other sewing projects, jewelry making, handmade journals, abstract art, portraits, sculpting, works on canvas and in journals. Find out more!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Soul Food Meet and Greet: Chris Cozen



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Today we are welcoming Chris Cozen! After you watch her interview, be sure and stop by her blog and enter her GIVEAWAY!!!






Tell us about you and your art journey.
Art has always been a part of my life.  My dad was very artistic and he helped me see things through a different lens. I lived an ordinary life artistically for many years.  A little dabbling when I wasn’t working, creative stuff with my students (teaching at school) and with my own kids.  It was only after I retired from teaching that I indulged the creative soul that was waiting to be let out into the sun. It has been a whirlwind of a journey for the last 12 years.  I believe so strongly that when life presents an opportunity we need to seriously consider embracing it.  When the chance to work with Golden Artist Colors, Inc. magically appeared my life changed. I was uncertain as to whether I was “good enough” but I tried anyway and here I am today.

What are some of the things that nourish your soul?
Nature, especially gardens, old things, rusty bits, textures, color, these all nurture me. How do you decide what to create - where do your ideas come from? As long as I begin, the rest just happens.  I don’t always decide.  I believe sometimes that the painting itself decides.  I embrace serendipity a lot and follow it where it leads me.

What is one piece of advice that you’d like to share with other artists?
Although art is very much an intuitive thing I do believe in educating myself and others on materials and their properties and possibilities.  There is so much more that can be done when we understand what is possible with materials.

How do you re-energise yourself or your muse if you have a creative “dry spell”?
I take my camera and go for a walk in a beautiful place!  I look closely at things, and capture them in the lens. These fragments are like small pieces of abstract art which can spark a concept or stimulate an idea.

How have the “rough spots” in life affected your art?
Rough spots are generally what create at least a few of the layers in my pieces.  I have RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and there were/are times when I am in a lot of pain or have a joint that is in a splint or something or other. Art gets me through these things and the adjustments I have had to make have led me to learn to adapt.  I can’t do repetitive things well so I jump from technique to technique to use different parts of my body or stand rather than sit.  When my aunt died after long weeks of hospice in our home, I painted doorways for months as she talked so much about seeing the door open during her last hours.  It still gives me goose-bumps to think about that.  Art resolves things for me.

Tell us about the first piece you created that you felt really proud of.
I’m not sure of when that was, truly don’t remember.  I’m happy with most things as I see them as investments in my process.  If I don’t like something, it usually gets a makeover pretty quickly.

When you’re creating something, how do you decide when it’s finished?
I just go until there is nothing left to change.  But I will admit that although something is done at one point, it doesn’t always stay done.  I’ve gone back to something 2 years later and changed it.  I just didn’t see or understand what it needed at the time.

What was the nicest compliment you’ve ever received about your work?
“This makes me smile…”

What drives your sense of validation or legitimacy as an artist?
I am validated when the work I do inspires others and the teaching I do reaches others.

What are some recurring themes/subjects in your work?
Seed pods, flowers, far away places

Do you have a signature set of colors?
Show us some examples in your work, pretty please! I don’t know that I have a signature set of colors.   I LOVE color, so I use a lot of different colors, but in a pinch I can go a long way with just a few of them!

What are some elements that make your work “yours”?
Abstracted florals and seed pods are very much a signature at the moment, along with a combination of paint and paper, and little bits of invented writing.

Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
I’ve tried a lot of things and at my age I think I’ll stick with this!

What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
I walk the garden before I go into the studio and see what new surprises are waiting for me.  When I am ready to work I’ll put on a book on tape and start to paint.  Surprisingly my painting brain is not in competition with my listening brain.  They both inhabit the same head quite happily.

What hangs on your walls? Do you collect work by other artists?
I have lots of my own work on the walls along with work by other artist friends and a few I have fallen in love with.  I also have a collection of “outsider” art pieces that I’ve collected over the years.  As a self-taught artist I have a great fascination with others who are untrained.  There is an energy in their work that is palpable.



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Check out our new class coming December 30, 2013! Join 39 artists over 6 months for a mix of art and craft projects as diverse as the different personal styles of our instructors: cool mixed media techniques, art dolls and other sewing projects, jewelry making, handmade journals, abstract art, portraits, sculpting, works on canvas and in journals. Find out more!

Friday, November 15, 2013

New FREE Online Mini-Class: Collage Ornaments


I'm super excited to share some news with you all! The holidays are right around the corner and this is the perfect time to share my new FREE mini-class with you, Collage Ornaments. It's a short, but sweet project that will leave you with messy hands and a perfect, inexpensive, handmade gift for your loved ones this season. I invite you to come and play with me in the classroom, hope to see you there soon! 

You have to be a member of Community Thrive (FREE) to access the class. If you're not a member yet, go sign up at Community Thrive. After your membership is approved, follow this link to the class: Collage Ornaments.

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Check out our new class coming December 30, 2013! Join 39 artists over 6 months for a mix of art and craft projects as diverse as the different personal styles of our instructors: cool mixed media techniques, art dolls and other sewing projects, jewelry making, handmade journals, abstract art, portraits, sculpting, works on canvas and in journals. Find out more!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Soul Food Meet and Greet: Michelle Sylvia


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Watch a fun little promo video for SOUL FOOD HERE.


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Today we are welcoming Michelle Sylvia! After you watch her interview, be sure and stop by her blog and enter her GIVEAWAY!!!



"Soul Food" A little bit about me from Michelle Sylvia on Vimeo.


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Check out our new class coming December 30, 2013! Join 39 artists over 6 months for a mix of art and craft projects as diverse as the different personal styles of our instructors: cool mixed media techniques, art dolls and other sewing projects, jewelry making, handmade journals, abstract art, portraits, sculpting, works on canvas and in journals. Find out more!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Soul Food Meet and Greet: Grace Howes


We are now offering payment plans in either 2 or 4 payments  You can read the details next to the PayPal buttons on the SOUL FOOD page.


Watch a fun little promo video for SOUL FOOD HERE.


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Today we are welcoming Grace Howes! After you watch her interview, be sure and stop by her blog and enter her GIVEAWAY!!!



Soul Food: an Interview with Grace Howes from grace howes on Vimeo.



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Check out our new class coming December 30, 2013! Join 39 artists over 6 months for a mix of art and craft projects as diverse as the different personal styles of our instructors: cool mixed media techniques, art dolls and other sewing projects, jewelry making, handmade journals, abstract art, portraits, sculpting, works on canvas and in journals. Find out more!