Art Around the World Blog Hop, what is that? Art Around the World Blog Hop is an online tour of artists’ work, studios and their processes. Artist and RBBP cohort Niocle Piar of Ghostkitten challenged me with the following questions as part of the 2014 Blog Hop-Art Around the World:
- Why do I do what I do?
- How does my work differ from others in its genre?
- How does my creative process work?
- What am I working on now?
Why do I do what I do?
I am a professional visual artist based in Golden, Colorado. Creating images with my hands using pastels, watercolor, and/or acrylics comes from a want or need to create. This desire has always been there, if I don’t get to create and share this visual dialogue I tend to get cranky. Read more about me..
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Inspired by my dreams, my work is more about the experience or connection to it. Influenced by the Abstract Expressionist movement, my organic abstraction work takes a softer approach drawing the viewer in, using bold layers of colors, subtle texture, and inviting glow. I paint within a framework. However I would say that I paint more intuitively with rules that I set for myself. The intent of my art work is capture and share my perspective, thereby initiating a dialogue with the viewer. Connection with my work is important as well as the viewer’s experience.
How does my creative process work?
Typically a piece starts in my head, a glimpse or a swim through a color field filled dream. Some thumbnail sketches with notes will be jotted down. After I enter my studio, my work apron is donned, music usually blues or jazz is turned on. I decide the scale of the piece, select the ground or paper to build up the layers of color. As my hands practice a motion or line, they hover with a bright pastel above the paper and practice the gesture or line that will start this creative process of painting. My hands get all messy with colors, it feels good as the colors smear across the thick paper like a piece of soft chocolate. In between colors I use some baby wipes to clean my hands and keep my colors pure and vivid. I get into a groove…I am in the zone, no worries of time, weather, bills, life. I am focused on the piece, its overall feel, design, what it’s saying to you the audience.
Often as I paint, I think of my collectors and smile. I am not sure whom specifically I am creating this art work for, however as the piece matures it’s voice, I become more confident that it will resonant with them. It is not uncommon for me to work on multiple pieces at one time or in a series. As one piece is created and evolves, other ideas bubble up and morph into what will be the next piece.
What am I working on now?
A series of pastel paintings about dreams, called Dreamscapes for an upcoming art show at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Blending and building layers of rich colors while still allowing some vivid jewels of color to shine. Horizontal lines are a dominant theme in my work as well, identifying with harmony, balance, and a sense of a landscape beyond.
Dreamscapes is a series of soft pastel paintings inspired from my own vivid dreams in creamy vibrant colors. Boldly painted, these pieces are surreal and serene, providing a place to rest the mind. It is through our own dreams that we explore our perceptions and conquer our mental boundaries.
Now who will be next on the Art Around the World Blog Hop?
The next featured artist in the Art Around the World Blog Hop comes to us from New York City, NY. Karen Friedland is full of color and texture. As a loyal transplant to Brooklyn, Karen hides a little bit of the Brooklyn Bridge in each of her paintings! She works in mixed media with a Matisse like quality all her own. She is represented by Trapani Art Gallery in Manhasset, New York. Please visit her blog hop post on Monday Oct 20th, Broken Artist Blog.
- Sanna Vaatanen of Shooting Star Art, Sept 8th 2014
- Christine Witte of Christine Witte Designs, Sugarland, TX, Sept 29th 2014
- Nicole Piar of Ghostkitten, LA, CA, Oct 6th 2014
- Jennifer Blair-Cockrum of JBC Studios, Golden, CO, Monday Oct 13th 2014
- Karen Friedland of Broken Artist Blog, NYC, NY, Monday Oct 20th 2014
- Lezette Markham of Simply Art, Charlotte, NC, Monday Oct 27th 2014
- Kiala Givehand of Giving Hands Creative, San Francisco, CA, Nov 3rd 2014
- Diana Elizabeth Jordan The Rainbow Butterfly Cafe, Los Angeles, CA, Nov10th 2014
- MRuth McCants, Piano Fun Player, Los Angeles, CA, Nov 17th 2014
- Tiffany Miller Russell, Wildlife in Paper, Denver, CO, Nov Nov 24th 2014
- Antrese Wood, Savvy Painter, Argentina,