Monday, August 18, 2014

Blog hop fun!

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by the creative and kind Robyn of Faith Miner's Daughter to join a blog hop. Robyn and I met through a Facebook group called Flying Lessons, a group designed to bring together people who have participated in Kelly Rae Roberts' Flying Lessons e-course. You can check out Robyn's lovely paintings, cards, and jewelry in her Etsy shop. Thanks for asking me to blog hop, Robyn!

The blog hop works like this- I will answer 4 questions in this post about my creative process. Then, I will introduce you to some other artists who will answer the same questions next Monday, the 25th, on their blogs. Here goes!

Q: How does my creative process work?

A: I try to create everyday. Sometimes I sit down at the table having no idea of what I will work on. I'll look through materials and maybe they will spark an idea. If not I'll grab some materials and just starting making- painting, gluing, embroidering, whatever. Sometimes the ideas come after I am already in the act of making. And sometimes no ideas come! Sometimes I just make stuff and I don't like any of it! But I think that is essential because everything builds on what came before. It's inevitable that I make stuff I don't like. And even though it can be frustrating to feel like nothing is working or that I'm not liking anything I try to remember that it's still an important part of the process. Other times, I'll be in the middle of working on a series or exploring an idea or technique and when I get to the table I know I'll want to work on that. Often, ideas come quickly and I'll jump from one project to another idea then to a different project. Most times, I have a bunch of things in the works at once.

Q: How does my work differ from others?

A: I think everyone's work is unique. I think that my work does have a certain look to it or style but I'm not sure if I can pinpoint exactly how it is different from the work of other artists.  I use papers, watercolors, acrylics, pencils, colored pencils, glitter, embroidery, and stamping in a lot of my work- just like a lot of other artists. I guess it differs because I make my work and not anyone else!

Q: What am I working on now?

A: I'm working a bunch of different things! I'll attach some photos to give you an idea:

Q: Why do I do what I do?

A: I make art because it is my passion. Aside from being with the people I love, there is nothing that I enjoy more. I love working with my hands to explore color, texture, and composition in a totally non verbal right brained sort of way. I love using art to help me explore the workings of my head and heart. I love how art can keep me in the moment (something that I often struggle with!).  I love how art can facilitate not only self expression but also learning and healing. And I love how fun it is to get lost in the making, to get messy, and to play!

Now to introduce you to some great artists who will share their answers to these questions next Monday.

**In her own words- Anjuli Johnson is a mixed media artist from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is self taught and is constantly experimenting with different art forms and techniques, which come together in her artwork to form truly unique pieces. Anything from quilling to painting, encaustic to polymer clay are combined to form abstract pieces that often have deep symbolic and personal meaning. It's been a struggle for her to overcome her fear and allow herself to try new things and take big risks, but her main goal has been to push the boundaries of her comfort zone as far as she can. It expands a little with each new and scary opportunity.

Anjuli is all over social media! Please check out her blog, website, Etsy shop, Facebook page or even check her out on Twitter! She has such a variety of lovely works in many different mediums.

**Next up is Karen Duvel Campbell. Karen teaches primarily kids ages 4 and over but also does a lot of her own mixed media artwork including custom "playful pieces" mostly with acrylics. Karen says her favorite thing to draw and paint are whimsical faces, you can find a whole tab on her website dedicated to these whimsical faces! Check out Karen's website, blog, Facebook page,  and Etsy shop. Her shop is filled with prints, shirts, originals, jewelry, cards, and posters! That's quite a range of products! I especially love the necklaces, like this one.

Next Monday check out both Karen and Anjuli's blogs to read the answers to their questions and to find out who they will feature! Blog hops are such a nice way to bring people together, share our art, and support each other. I'm glad I participated.

Shared to Creative Every Day! xoxo

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