What's a 'Blog Hop' anyway? It's a way for artists to share each other's work, hopefully gaining more exposure for all involved. The way it works is that I profile other artists on my blog and I also answer 4 specific questions about my own art and creative process. My invitation to blog hop came from encaustic artist Robin Samiljan whose work I've enjoyed following from pastoral to urban landscapes as her home has moved from rural to city. Thanks for the invitation, Robin!
"I am inspired to create a balance between what I see and what I feel. Golden hues of autumn leaves at North Pond, the ominous Gothic shadows standing in front of the Wrigley building, or the silver reflections from a fresh snow in streetlight on Broadway Street, evoke feelings that exist forever in my mind. The vintage buildings along Lake Shore Drive remind me of my childhood and the many visits and family dinners at my grandparent’s apartment. I paint the brownstones and skyscrapers surrounded by foliage and perennials and re-discover contentment and warmth from my past. Having spent 25 years in New England, a move back to Chicago last June has shifted my artistic focus from rural landscape to urban surroundings and cityscape."
Now here are the 2 artists I invited to blog hop with me ~ please visit their websites or blogs to see more of their work! They will soon be publishing their own blog hop posts to introduce you to other artists.
"I love to experiment with most mediums and styles of art. I get bored easily and can’t imagine painting in just one style or medium. My favorite medium is watercolor and I enjoy glazing multiple layers of color to create the finished painting.
Watercolor paintings have a luminosity that can’t be achieved with any other medium. The transparency of the paints, along with the sedimentary qualities of some of the paint colors allow for a feeling of texture and light. There are many techniques possible with watercolor, from loose and watery to tightly rendered paintings, which makes each new painting a wonderful adventure."
Roxane was a professional ballet dancer in her youth. Now she enjoys creating movement with color, line, and shapes, using textiles as her muse. She has exhibited her work in many group and solo shows internationally and at home in the US. In 2012, she won the Niche Award for Decorative Art. She also teaches textile arts in her studio, and at stores and guilds. Roxane has a B.S. in Costume Design and Textiles, but considers herself a life-long learner of textile arts.
"My style favors heightened colors and heavy organic quilting in a semi-abstract manner, where sensuous shapes and curved lines pre-dominate. I use fabric in painterly ways, while sculpting and shaping the fabric with stitching. My desire is that people will enjoy entering the world I have created, and lose themselves in successive layers of detailed texture and color."
And here are my answers to the Blog Hop questions ~
What am I working on? I'm currently working towards CenterFest, Durham NC’s show on September 20-21, so I need lots of scarves for my booth! I'm painting a variety of types of design, from simple to complex, so that I have a wide range of price points. I’m also having fun exploring what is a new technique for me… nuno felting, where silk and wool mesh together to form a wonderful new fabric, creating truly unique wearable art.
How does my work differ from others of its genre? My customers tell me I have a great sense of color! I like working with bright colors and enjoy experimenting with different and unusual color combinations.
Why do I create what I do? I love that painting on silk is such an interactive process. It’s a dance between the artist, the transparent colors spreading across the surface with their own agenda, and the silk itself, which influences how the dyes react with it. I love the way the already luminescent silk develops extra sparkle when it is dyed. As they dry, the dyes create unpredictable organic textural effects, making each piece a unique surprise. What’s not to love?
How does my creative process work? I usually think in colors first, and then decide what technique I want to use - there are so many in silk painting! My favorite way to paint is to choose a palette and paint the dyes on in abstract designs, allowing the colors to flow and blend freely. If I'm painting a definite subject like a flower, I use one of my tons of reference photos as a guide, but don't try to paint a faithful reproduction of it... again I allow the dyes as much free reign as possible.
I hope you've enjoyed this brief visit with Robin, Nancy and Roxane... don't forget to click their links to enjoy more of their art!