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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Soul Food Meet and Greet: Mitsi



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




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Monday, December 23, 2013

Soul Food Meet and Greet: Nolwenn Petitbois



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







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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!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Soul Food Meet and Greet: Mary Beth Shaw



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Today we are welcoming Mary Beth Shaw! After you read her interview, be sure and stop by her website!!!




Tell us about you and your art journey.
My art journey started the same as most people, as a young child. Sadly, I lost my way sometime around the 8th grade when I had that classic 'bad teacher' experience and my confidence plummeted. At that point, I turned to music and writing for creative expression. When I was in my mid 30's I found rubber stamps which opened me up to visual arts again. At age 40 I started to pursue visual art full time by seeking additional education to help me re-learn some things I had lost - such as drawing! I also found Collage and Mixed Media and that is when my world exploded (in a very good way).

What are some of the things that nourish your soul?
How do you decide what to create - where do your ideas come from? Nature nourishes my soul and inspires the vast majority of my work although it may not appear that way since I am an abstract painter. I love to walk in the woods or meditate in the sun. Landscapes, sunsets, waves, patterns in the sand, wet rocks, tree bark, moss, grasses, leaves, veins in leaves, patterns in clouds......well, I think you get the idea.....

What is one piece of advice that you’d like to share with other artists?
Just do it. Seriously, Nike had that right. It is often hard and we have a variety of mental and physical conflicts, but (as artists) we must show up and just do it. Do the work.
How do you re-energise yourself or your muse if you have a creative “dry spell”? Cleaning my studio invariably tends to re-stimulate me. Or Meditation, music, dance, a walk out of doors.

How have the “rough spots” in life affected your art?
Art is always there for me. It has most definitely healed me and allowed me to express my most raw of feelings. Being able to work around such feelings (be it grief, fear, anxiety) is one of art's many gifts.

Tell us about the first piece you created that you felt really proud of.
It is hard to recall a specific piece, yet easy for me to recall the feeling that makes me proud. And that is when I go into the zone - that zone where I lose track of time and everything around me - and come out on the other side having created a piece of art. Typically, when that occurs, I often don't even know how the piece evolved and it feels a little bit like an out of body situation, I know that sounds weird. But I love that feeling and always feel so grateful when I move to that place with my art. That is what makes me proud.

When you’re creating something, how do you decide when it’s finished?
The pieces manage to tell me. Again, it sounds kind of freaky, but it is more of a feeling than anything else. Hard to describe, I just know when it happens.

What was the nicest compliment you’ve ever received about your work?
The most lovely compliment is when someone is moved emotionally by my art.

What drives your sense of validation or legitimacy as an artist?  
Although earning a living is obviously something I count on (with my art) I find that true validation tends to happen in different ways in the various parts of my business. For instance, in teaching, I am validated when I help a student to find their own voice or when I can help them move to the next level as an artist. That fulfills me as a teacher.

What are some recurring themes/subjects in your work?
I am continually challenged to express myself abstractly. It is the hardest thing I have ever done and I like that.

Do you have a signature set of colors? Show us some examples in your work, pretty please!
Earthy colors. I like to build my own colors with a limited palette. I have attached a few samples from several different series.

What are some elements that make your work “yours”?
The Layers and hidden elements, things that people don't notice at first.

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

What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
I have mark making rituals that I do on nearly every painting, sort of calligraphic gestures. They feel symbolic.

What hangs on your walls? Do you collect work by other artists?
I love to collect original art and our walls are covered with it. I have a very special collection in my office of small pieces created by people I know.

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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, December 19, 2013

Soul Food Meet and Greet: Jennifer Dedonato




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Today we are welcoming Jennifer DeDonato! After you read her interview, be sure and stop by her website!!!





What is one piece of advice that you’d like to share with other artists?
Don’t compare yourself to other artists. I know…easier said than done. I struggled with this for a short time. I have learned that instead of focusing on others I need to focus on my work. I think seeing other artists get great clients and do big deals drives me to create better work.
Tell us about the first piece you created that you felt really proud of...
I did an art piece for a fundraiser about 10 years ago and I just loved it. It was the first time I really decided to do very tiny detailed paper cutting. It was a guitar and I was really proud of it. It didn’t sell but I was kinda happy to get it back. I hung on to it for quite awhile because my husband really liked it.
What was the nicest compliment you’ve ever received about your work?
I was at an artist market and someone came into my booth and asked me if my artwork was in Hallmark. I wish…maybe someday.
What are some recurring themes/subjects in your work?
I love to incorporate words into my artwork. For this reason I have decided to start my own greeting card line. The words just seem to make the art come to life for me.
What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
My studio is in my house and I do have rituals. I always straighten and clean the downstairs before I head upstairs to my room. I then power everything up… my computer, lights, fan and music. The best part: I light my Anthropologie candle and make my room smell so lovely. I always make sure I have one on hand so my room is pleasant.






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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, December 16, 2013

Soul Food Meet and Greet: Stephanie Ackerman



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Today we are welcoming Stephanie Ackerman! After you read her interview, be sure and stop by her blog!!!





What are some of the things that nourish your soul? How do you decide what to create - where do your ideas come from?
I have been blessed with God given creative skills and abilities and it is my passion, my job and my pleasure to share what I create, inspire, encourage and teach others.  My passion and desire along with my purpose are infused into my classes by teaching skills, sharing stories of everyday life and incorporating faith into our art, whether it be a simple project or a progressive art journey.  
What is one piece of advice that you’d like to share with other artists?   
I make it part of my class to include reminders and encouragement that we are all individual, one of a kind artists that share the same love for creating.
What drives your sense of validation or legitimacy as an artist?
It is my gift/ talent/ ability and it is my job to share it.
What are some recurring themes/subjects in your work?
Hearts and faith based encouragement.
Do you have a signature set of colors? Show us some examples in your work, pretty please!
Red, browns, blues.
What are some elements that make your work “yours”?
Hearts!
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
Soldering






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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, December 12, 2013

Soul Food Meet and Greet: Zorana



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Today we are welcoming Zorana! After you read her interview, be sure and stop by her blog!!!






Tell us about you and your art journey.
I had low grades in art classes in school, and was very embarrassed to even try to paint or draw something. I thought that I have no imagination or natural skills, so I didn’t even try. I didn’t know that with some guidance and encouragement everyone could be creative and enjoy art. After seeing some TV shows, I just had to try… I started with collage and ATC cards. Soon after I found the online mixed media community and never stopped. Now I can’t imagine my life without art and couldn’t be happier than to help others unlock their creativity too.

What are some of the things that nourish your soul? How do you decide what to create - where do your ideas come from?
Being outside, looking at the ocean, hiking through a forest, noticing the tiniest plants, admiring birds… all those things make my soul sing and find their way into my art.

What is one piece of advice that you’d like to share with other artists?
Create even when you don’t feel inspired. Especially then. Just start with a mark or a splash of color and allow the creative energy to show up. It will and it will make you glad that you started.

How do you re-energize yourself or your muse if you have a creative “dry spell”?
I don’t really have dry spells, because whenever you put a pencil to paper something will come out. If I don’t feel like painting a big canvas, I just sketch something that is around me. And even if it is only a doodle, it makes me feel like I expressed something, and made something that wasn’t there before.

How have the “rough spots” in life affected your art?
When I’m sad – I paint images that are sad. When I need tenderness – that is what shows up. Expressing yourself through art is a perfect therapy. Also – it can be the opposite. I might pick the brightest colors and paint the silliest things when I’m sad, and usually it helps to change my mood.

What are some recurring themes/subjects in your work?
Angels and birds. I paint angels when I feel the pull to do so, and sometimes they visit my dreams (the ones that I painted) and somehow comfort me. Birds show up almost daily in my art, and have been for years. I love exploring different mediums and styles, while using the same subject, so I paint them often.

Do you have a signature set of colors?
The answer would be no, not really. I usually use all the colors of the color wheel and then invent some more. Most often I can’t get enough of bold, saturated colors and layers of texture.

What was the nicest compliment you’ve ever received about your work?
I love when I hear that people find my art soulful and that looking at it helps them feel better. I couldn’t imagine a better compliment.

What hangs on your walls? Do you collect work by other artists?
I don’t purchase art pieces often, but when I do it is always because I find a special meaning and connection to them. I have several pieces of my favorite artists on the walls. Also – paintings that my mother and daughter painted. I’m lucky to have a very supportive husband, and that he likes my art. Many of my paintings are on the walls all around our home. At first seeing them made me cringe, but now I’m used to them.

When you’re creating something, how do you decide when it’s finished?
That is a mystery to me. Somehow I just now it’s done… I guess it is when suddenly I don’t feel a need to put even one more brush stroke on it. Of course, it doesn’t mean that I never change my mind. Sometimes I work on “finished” piece months after I thought it was finished. That is the beauty of creating – you don’t really have to finish anything. You can re-write, re-paint something different over 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!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Super Duper Christmas Sale!!!!

I'm having a sale in my shop! I'd love to clear out some things to make way for new art. From now until December 31, 2013, save 30% off your order!!! Use coupon code "CHRISTMAS2013" At checkout! Come take a look!

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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!