Questions from the creative bible
It was Friday and as I was sitting in a lovely quaint café, drinking my warm Latte, I started to think about what to write for my next blog. I’ve done quite a few over this last year and also created some videos, which I had to admit I found daunting to begin with, but I think I’m gradually finding my flow. Plus, there super quick to put together and great for social interaction and to share what I’m working on.
So, back to my story. Whilst I was sat drinking away, watching the world go by and contemplating what to write about, it suddenly dawned on me that I had a topic already to hand. I was looking at my notebook, something I take everywhere with me, 1) because I have a brain like a siv and scared that I’ll forget anything…and I probably will and 2) because when you’re inspired or you have an idea,
you never have a pen or paper to write it
down, so my notebook is my creative bible
so to speak.
I realised in my creative bible that I had noted down some of the questions people have asked me as an artist, so I thought in this blog, I could share these with you, and answer a few to!
So here goes…
What are you currently working on?
Currently I’m working on my next festival inspired piece. You can view a video of it here> I’m trying to be more abstract with this one. I’m not sure what it will turn out like, and I kind of like not knowing, and letting the creative juices flow through the creative process, in whatever direction it feels right to go in. Watch this space!
Are you traveling for your art?
I’ve not travelled abroad for a while but I’d like to explore Switzerland, Holland and Italy some more. I travel a lot in the UK, with my husband, daughter…and the dog, in our campervan. We love the outdoorsy lifestyle and I often take inspiration from my travels to the coast, Derbyshire and the festivals and events we attend.
What is your process like?
I start on canvas and finish on canvas. I have an idea in my head, I think about it and its composition, I get a brush, black paint and mark out how this would look on the canvas, the bare bones so to speak! Then I continue to build on it, continuing to add colour, detail, layering and creating depth. Sometimes I enjoy it and I think, ‘yes I’ve got to a good place with that today’ other times I could tear my hair out in frustration because there’s something not right. But that’s the creative process and I love being alive to my senses bringing the emotion into the painting as I progress it.
Who are your favourite artists?
I have lots, but I would say some favourites are, Terry Setch, Peter Lanyon, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keefe to name a few – visit my blog about Terry Setch and Peter Lanyon here>
Why do you create art?
I create art because it makes me happy and it defines who I am. Being creative is one of my core values. Simply without it I don’t feel my whole self. I love being creative, I enjoy it and that it gi such pleasure to create pieces others can enjoy to!
What is your favourite piece you’ve created?
So far my favourite piece if Festival Days. The process was ‘up’ and ‘down’ to create it, but I was pleased with the outcome and it was sold within the month. I was so surprised and proud.
What is your favourite place to create in?
I have a small studio at home, but I love to work outside, with space and nature around me. It really fills your senses and is great for wellbeing. If only we had permanent sunshine, I would be out there everyday! :-)
Bye for now