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.
I really wanted to be asked to do one. Then, last week, Yanik Falardeau asked me to participate in an art blog hop. Wow! Thank you, God and Yanik. Check out Yanik’s fabulous blog here
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.