Hello friends, I know you haven’t heard from me in a while but I am still kind of mopey about my sister leaving even though it’s been over two weeks since she has returned home. I really got used to having an art pal around that truly understands my artistic aspirations and woes. There is something unique and exhilarating about the give and take of a good artistic relationship. We helped each other out, she gave me drawing tips, and reminded me that art should be fun first (the artistic highlight of my summer)! When she finished a successful piece I was just as excited as if it would have been my own and when I hung my show she was there helping and jumping up and down with me. I am always semi-depressed when I have to say bye to my family but this time my artistic soul feels lonely too.
Ania leaving has left me feeling a little lost and wondering what now? So it was good fortune that my artsy friend Ursula Markgraf from ursulamarkgraf.com has asked me to join her in a worldwide artist blog hop where creatives answer questions about their creative process and ask three other art friends to do the same. This opportunity forced me to climb out of funk and face my art. So thanks a bunch Ursula! Ursula herself is a mixed media artist who loves to mix art with inspirational words – be sure to go check out her Blog Hop interview here when you’re done reading my blog. Her art is truly heartfelt!
First question: What am I working on?
I am currently working on two unfinished paintings in my studio. This one is of a close up of a woman. This is the beginning of new ideas bubbling in my head. I have a couple of ideas of exactly what it should be about but it’s hard to define at the moment because it’s playing hard to get. Paintings have a mind of their own I tell ya!
Here is my second painting of kids inspired by one of my favorite movies. Can you guess which one? It served as a fun, free and colorful exercise after working on the meticulous portrait of my sister. I haven’t yet decided if I should finish it or not but my sister and I at least affirmed that the little girl on the left looks like Quasimodo and Angela Merkel had a baby.
Question two: How does your work differ from others?
I find this question to be a bit hard to answer because to me it’s obvious that every artist’s creations are unique but how could I ever compare myself to all the others? So many things influence the way I look at the world. I am a Mexican American woman living in Germany, the oldest of four sisters, I love movies and books, photography and graphic design – too many things to list. I guess all of these things help to make my work feminine, colorful and storytelling. The things that make up my life define my artistic style in a way which could only have been achieved through the unique circumstances of my life.
Question three: Why do I create what I do?
I create what I do because I am compelled to, because it’s fun and because I love to learn. If I am not feeding my creative appetite I am just a sorry shell of myself. Also, I think there is hardly a bigger satisfaction than completing a work and then finding someone who loves it just as much as I do. That for me, is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever experienced. It’s a feeling comparable to being in love.
Question four: How does your creating process work?
My process involves lots of thinking and daydreaming. I start with an idea that I like – inspiration can come from anywhere such as a song or a movie – then I start thinking about what aspects about this idea I find attractive and then turn that into a mini- narrative in my head. From this narrative I take mental “snapshots”. Sometimes I set up the scene to photograph and sometimes I build it from a series of photographs. I really consider everything before this photo stage. Once I have this final image I then paint from that. It’s like photographic sketching. I think I developed this creative process while being a photo student at Valparaiso University. My photo instructor really encouraged me to nurture this process in my photography. Now it is just my natural way of being creative. I loved my photographic experience so much that it has become an intrinsic part of my creative process.
I often start out too hastily – something that could lead to pleasant surprises in photography but often with painting could lead to wasted time. I’m working on that.
Now you know a little bit more about my creative process. I hope you had fun getting to know me a bit more. I will keep you posted about those that I will invite to continue the blog hop. Hope you all are doing great, maybe you have some ideas on the creative process you’d like to share in the comments below. I am always looking for new ideas 🙂 TGIF!
p.s. Last chance this weekend to check out my paintings at the Rotlint Cafe.