This week I’m doing something a little different!
Nicola Holland took part in a blog hop that’s spreading across the globe of artists and I have decided to join in!
It’s a simple, mini self-interview that sticks it’s beak under the hoods of artist’s lives and the way they think about their work.
Why do I create/write what I do?
I create my art because it gives me a feeling of expansiveness and happiness. Transforming a blank canvas or piece of paper into something that “speaks” to people who see it! I love to see and hear people’s reactions, be it a pet portrait in pastels, a large canvas or a Pen & Ink drawing. I get such a thrill when I look at the finished article and realise that I made that!
How does my work differ from others of this genre?
I don’t really have a genre as such – mainly I paint or draw from my own photographs. I love the detail and putting in the fine hairs on an animal, or the little stones and pebbles in a street. But I am just as happy to make something abstract and to add extra sparkly bits and pieces to catch and reflect light. I am a firm believer that what we feel influences our art, so I teach students to be present and calm when they are creating an art piece! Unless of course they want to portray something emotional and have people react to that! I have learned to immerse myself in whatever feeling I want to come alive in my art, so that people who look at the art get a small feeling of this too!
What am I working on?
Currently I have 3 pieces in various stages of completion!
There is a two metre long narrow canvas for a seascape to go above my bed
An oil painting of an abandoned house from Kolmanskop – a ghost town in Namibia
A Pen & Ink drawing.
I am also busy turning my “live” basic drawing lessons into an online course. If you want to know when it will be ready click here!
How does your writing/creative process work?
As I said, most of my work is from photographs I have taken, whether it’s locally in and around the area I live, or on a longer trip or holiday. My camera is never far from my hand. I can get stuck into my studio and paint and draw for hours on end, until I realise it’s time to take a break and see what’s happening in the world outside! I’m inspired by sunsets, clouds in the sky – especially at sunset or an approaching storm, waves crashing on the shore or the sounds of nature.