It wasn't hard to say yes, I love to talk as much as I love to paint! Mary lives in Jacksonville, Florida. We have been blogging buddies for a few years now. She called me to talk about this and it was great fun to "meet" her by voice.
Mary paints beautiful landscapes in acrylics and also paints on silk. She also sketches which is no surprise for a painter. Her blog is full of interesting painting and traveling stories. She is generous with her ideas and "how tos".
In turn, I am passing the torch to Joan Tavolott, http://watercolorsbyjoan2.blogspot.com/ , to post on Monday, December 22. When you visit her blog, look at the sidebar and you will see how many blogs she works on, including Paint, Paper, Pencils and Pens! and Angelina's Life in Venice, an imaginary trip to Venice with some of her real sketches from there.
Joan is a very prolific sketcher and wonderful watercolor artist. We became friends through wetcanvas.com and the Scavenger Hunts. She sketches out and about almost every day. I am amazed at her dedication and energy. Please visit her blog next Monday, December 22.
I am anxious to see where the World Blog Hop goes from there. All the past blog hop entries I have visited are fascinating as a variety of artists each answer four questions about their work and creative process.
For the World Blog Hop, I was asked to tell about myself and answer the questions then pass this on to another artist or two. Be sure and look at Mary's post and go backwards to discover many new artists then after December 22 on to Joan's post and the new artist/s from there.
So here goes, for you new visitors I paint mostly in pastels. I like to play in the dust and get my fingers dirty. I paint in any medium and sketch mostly in pen and ink. Sketching is my homework and I sometimes sketch on my iPad, iPhone and iMac to relieve the monotony.
I am an ancient, retired painter. My husband, Gene, and I live in Bastrop, Texas. It is a beautiful small town in the Loblolly piney woods east of Austin, Texas. Bastrop has a great winter climate, but is downright hot in the summer. We escape to cooler environs which has been the New Mexico mountains for the last few years.
We lived in South America for about 16 years with Gene's work. We grew up in New Mexico and I love the high desert. Bolivia was my favorite country in South America as the altiplano is similar to New Mexico but 5,000 feet plus, higher.
1. What am I working on?
I have been in a real art draught. I have been trying all the ploys for coming out of it. I have tried:
- No art, ignoring it
- Perusing other artist's work
- Different Media
- Just painting
- ....and so much more
I've been working on these, but neither is finished and so .......
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I tend to be a colorist. You won't find gloomy or washed out paintings in my world.
3. Why do I create what I do?
A hard question. I am not "driven" or "called" to paint as some of my friends. If I don't paint for a while I don't give up or go into withdrawals. I enjoy painting and drawing and seeing the smiles on people's faces when they look at my work. I like teaching, but that involves schedules and we are retired, so I teach only occasionally.
4. How does my creating process work?
I paint and draw quickly. That is why I choose sketching with pen and ink and working mostly with pastels for painting. I put down a stroke and it is there. I get bored easily with an idea. When working on a painting for several days, I lose the enthusiasm that I started with. I could never do a large colored pencil for example, too many hours of coloring.
I like working/painting plein air. I get more feeling and energy into a painting done on site. I like painting from life more than photos. For sketching, I employ a comfortable chair with my feet on a stool.
I work with the best equipment I can afford and that helps me to be successful in my attempts. Using poor grade pastels, pencils, paper and canvas only serves to make any artist work harder. Being comfortable is very important in creating. Music can help set the mood.
I am not afraid to wipe off a piece and start over. Each piece I start is now my favorite painting. I do feel that practice makes each piece easier to do.
OK, off you go to investigate other artists on the World Blog Hop. Come back again .....