I was invited to participate in an ‘Around the World, Artist Blog Hop’ by the lovely mixed media artist, Miss Lillemor – thank you so much Susanne!
How does your creative process work?
After completing Flora Bowley’s Bloom True Class of September 2013, I generally work intuitively with large canvases and vibrant acrylic paints. I make a colourful, creative mess on a canvas with many many layers – mark making, dancing, singing at the top of my voice, sometimes crying, sometimes raging, sometimes quietly, sometimes loudly – all while waiting for an appearance of some sort on my canvas. It really is a beautiful process and very cathartic.
I generally have a few canvases on the go at the same time and rotate them depending on how I’m feeling. A canvas may take months to complete and will become like a baby to me. I place them around my house throughout their stages of change. I speak with them and ask them who they want to be. I thank them for being here, for showing up in my life.
To be honest, I love them. At a time when I felt quite unlovable and unable to show love, they proved different to me. It’s a most powerful thing, this artful journey. My canvases bring immense love with them and I am often amazed that I have been able to create. It is pure joy to me.
I’m also participating in Life Book 2014, so I’ve been exploring with water colours and mixed media and loving the variety of teachers and techniques found there.
I just love making messes really. My art room is a beautiful, glorious mess and I hope it gets messier.
How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?
I am but a beginner. My art is still developing. The main difference is that it’s all from me! And it’s beautifully messy.
What am I working on now?
At the moment I have about 8 canvases on the go, all in varying stages. When a canvas is troubling me, I put it aside and work on something else, in order to avoid becoming ‘stuck’. I trust that the canvas is becoming what it needs to be and that it will work out in the end. It’s then that I go and grab another blank canvas!
Besides my intuitive pieces, I have two large paintings that I’m interpreting from two special photos that I love. I also have so many Life Book 2014 lessons to catch up on too!
Why do you do what you do?
I can do no other. I do not know how I survived all these years without painting. I have a lot of learning to do and a lot of painting years to catch up on.
What is a blog hop?
The blog hop gives me the opportunity to think about and answer some questions, learn more about blogging, tap into other artist’s bloggy worlds and share in our artful lives with one another. As a beginner blogger, this little challenge has been very helpful for me because I’ve learnt how to insert a link! (among other things).
Please check out the three magnificent artful beings hopping on from my post below. They will post their answers to the same questions on 18th August 2014.
Wendy High Studios is a Mixed Media Artist from Michigan, USA, who loves colour, and the more colour the better! Wendy is a jewellery designer and co-owner of ‘Imagine That!’ – a local artists’ co-op. Four years ago Wendy took painting classes from ‘Alissa Burke at Create Chicago’ to try something different. Wendy fell in love with acrylic painting and expanded into collage and mixed media. Participating in the ‘Artists 101 Artworks in 101 Days’ challenge has not only expanded Wendy’s vision and creativity but resulted in meeting so many artist friends through this challenge. You can see more of Wendy’s work on her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/wendyhighstudios
Debbie Fox Stevens is a wife, mother and grandmother, as well as a professional Mosaic artist from Boston, MA, USA. Debbie loves colour, texture and detail, and dreams of one day working with children and teens as an art therapist. Debbie will be teaching beginner classes in the fall! Be sure to check out her work. You can also find Debbie’s work on her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/threeowlsmosaicart
Creative Soul Juice is an Artist and Expressive Arts Coach specializing in art journaling techniques – helping people find their passion in work, lifestyle and personal goal setting. You can learn more about Creative Soul Juice’s work at http://www.facebook.com/hobbyparent