I’m so excited. About two weeks ago, I discovered that art bloggers were doing blog hops. Blog Hops are where one artist blogs about his/her art, and then asks three other artists to talk about their art in their blogs.
The lyme has flared back up. Apparently general anesthesia, which I recently had, can cause this to happen. I had been feeling very despondent about this, because I am very sick again. So this has come at a really good time for me.
There are four questions I am to answer as part of this blog hop.
The first question is: What are you working on at the present time?
I have just finished this painting, called Wonderland.
I took my first painting class from Flora Bowley in September, 2012. I have been painting ever since. As most of you know, I paint digitally.
Since I took Flora’s class, I have been working very hard to get my paintings to look like what I see in my mind.
I have been pouring over other people’s work looking for help and inspiration. I look at work by Flora, students of Flora’s, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klee and many others. I want to paint as the big kids do.
I made progress and I was starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel in Peace at Last (posted here) and another painting. But they were still not quite what I was trying to get. There was just not enough going on in the paintings.
With this painting, I feel like I finally started to get what I wanted. I finally got a painting to do what is in my head. This is a huge break-through piece for me. To me, Wonderland is freer and has depth.
I know I have a long ways to go, but I’m very encouraged. I’m starting to really have a lot of fun painting.
The second question is: How does my work differ from others in this genre?
Flora Bowley calls her students the Bloomers. I really like the way Flora and many of her students paint. However, in many of the student paintings, there is a tendency to pretty much copy almost exactly what Flora does. People use the same exact symbols and color combinations she uses.
I decided that one thing I don’t want to do is have someone look at my work and say, “Oh, yeah, she took Flora’s Bloom True class.” I want my work to reflect the unique creative person I am.
The next question is: Why do you create what you do?
I have FM/CFS/lyme and spend about 75% of my time in bed. I had been a textile artist prior to becoming ill in 1994. Then, I no longer was well enough to do textiles. I thought I could no longer do what my soul wanted to do. Then, I found out I could paint on the computer in bed with a Wacom tablet. Being able to paint again and be creative has filled a hole in my soul.
I am driven to create. It is like I don’t have a choice. For some reason, God wants me painting. I hope that it brings joy to others.
The last question is How does your creative process work?
While I work on a painting, I stay focused on that painting. I work only on it.
When I paint, it takes me away to a very special place. When I can find that place, then I can tap into what makes me creative and makes me feel very good.
I work in layers. I start out with just throwing paint, pastels, whatever on the canvas. I build up the layers of paint and marks, to hopefully give the end painting a lot of interest. This is the part I have been struggling with so much. I think I touched it in this painting.
I have chosen three other artists I admire to carry on blogging about their art. I hope you will check out their pages.
Karen Bonaker at Karen Bonaker Art;
Mary at Oil Pastels By Mary;
Mo Davies, at The Crazy Crone’s Arty Farty Studio
All three of these women are wonderfully creative artists.