I (still rather hesitantly) now call myself a Mixed Media Artist. I have my own shop on Etsy, a successful blog with followers across the globe and I sell my paintings! Well, actually I've got two blogs, the other one is sort of anonymous (don't you just love a good mystery?)
For me both the writing and art are intrinsically linked. Not only do I love to do both, but the satisfaction I take from creating prose and pictures is what feeds my soul and fires my creative energy to take on more, try new techniques and just keep growing artistically. One day I'll write my book!
I try to create something every day - even if it's just a few random brush strokes on some scrap paper. In fact, sometimes those moments of free expression work a little magic and create those works that you're most proud of - like this one.
This was done on a bit of scrap paper - a practice run for a final sketch that never quite ended up with the freedom and passion of this. I've had this one put onto canvas now - it makes a rather striking statement! It's not in my shop but is for sale if anyone is interested. I have to confess to being a little lazy with my shop, but if you ever see anything you'd like to buy just get in touch for prints or originals.
I'm still trying to find my style but it definitely leans more towards the face. Again, something I never would have predicted - I always used to be such a flower and landscape girl. What I love about forming facial features is seeing this person come to life beneath my fingers - eyes that stare back at you, a mouth that curls with the hint of a smile.... I also love playing digitally, layering up a story and creating a sense of magic.
I am rather passionate about blogging and the friends I have made here in this virtual world. I've met a few now in the flesh - wonderful to spend time with like-minded souls and talk art and creativity.
I'm little addicted to online courses and challenges. I find it helps focus the mind and get you away from blank page syndrome, though I do have a habit of taking on too much then suffering from a touch of burnout. This is not the day job - though it would be nice if it was - buy more paintings please!!
I could go on forever here, being a bit of a blogging chatterbox, so I'd best leave it here.