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Art Fun

Art Fun | DavsArt

I got a new app called iColorama, this in combination with a few other apps, Superimpose and Procreate to name a few, and I’m having so much fun creating new art.

Art Fun | DavsArt

Art Fun | DavsArt

Art Fun | DavsArt

Art Fun | DavsArt

Images available via Davs on Etsy.

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Artist Dribble

Artist Dribble | DavsArt

Sometimes when I’m painting or making digital art I stare at the picture for so long  that I feel like I lose touch with how it really looks. It’s like saying a word over and over until it doesn’t make sense. The eternal question to my mind is, do you see what I see?

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Mossmottle

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Featuring Amanda Collis of Mossmottle

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Well, I am 45 years old, female, and live in Derbyshire, England. That’s about all I can say with certainty!

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When did you know that art was your thing?

I think I’ve always known that art is really the only thing I’m really any good at, or can do best. It’s really the only thing I feel real self belief about. although it wasn’t something that was part of my family background, I was always drawing and writing when I was younger; later I realized that I was pretty useless at plot, so the writing fell by the wayside! I gravitated towards painting as a way of exploring mood and atmosphere. Like Edward Gorey, though, my art training was negligible. It took until my mid thirties for me to start coming up with work of a good standard on a regular basis. I had to make a conscious commitment to painting, both in the sense of clearing away trivial stuff and directing your will unerringly towards it, or surrendering to it, and also in the practical sense of setting aside a room for a studio, spending any available money on art materials and equipment and finding and developing a place to show it online (mainly my etsy shop; I don’t drive, live in a provincial, pretty rural area and have a chronic pain condition so it just suits me better to focus on online selling).



Do you have a favorite medium?

Oil. Oil painting is completely fascinating to me. It’s intensely sensual and magical. It’s a complex alchemic medium with a richness and depth and warmth and unique way of incorporating time. This gives is a living quality that you feel and smell and see when you’re immersed in painting. It is very sensitive as a medium and can be modulated in so many ways. The depth is partly to do with a connection with art history through it.

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What’s your favorite part of the art making process?

I think it’s probably two separate stages; the initial “being beckoned to the studio” where you start feeling that you want to make something specific, even though you don’t know yet what it will be precisely. And there’s the amazing moment that can happen – if the work is any good – when it almost sort of “clicks” into place, or becomes fully present, and you know you’ve caught something. You can be really exhausted or at your wit’s end when that happens, although really I think my best stuff is done quite lightly and spontaneously, just, done at the right time. So maybe it’s the hunting side of it that appeals to me more than, say, the painstaking, slower agricultural side. Obviously later you look and think, hmm did I really capture something? No, probably not; must try to be readier next time.


What inspires you to create?

Speaking generally, it is this deep need, that you can’t really explain, it’s a physical as well as a mental thing (although I don’t make a division between the mind/body) and you feel zombielike and wretched if you haven’t painted for a while. I’ve just moved house and haven’t been able to paint for some weeks so that’s where I am right now! Also my fibromyalgia symptoms only seem to fade when I’m painting and it’s going very well. It’s a timeless, ego-less feeling, of complete immersion and through that, connection with everything, you feel where you’re meant to be and doing what you should be doing.

In terms of an individual work, it could be an experience of nature – I mean standing in a landscape, and the light is a certain way or a fleeting mood or emotion floods you, or a certain passage in a piece of music, or a scene in a film. Or it could be a painting, or more often a detail from a painting…it could be an idea from a book or a conversation, even a haunting perfume! They can all be leads.
I like the possibilities – of creating something strange-yet-familiar. I think a lot of my paintings are a response to some other cultural artifact, and I only realize this afterwards; and sometimes they wear their influences on their sleeves very consciously, but occasionally something a bit more elusive gets in (usually by accident) and those are the best, or at least the most intriguing to me. Abstract art theory can seem rather dry and academic to non-practitioners, but to me painting gives you essentially a complete freedom to explore. I love for instance exploring the boundaries between representation and gestural expression.

I tend to paint in relatively short bursts these days, so there is this sort of prelude of trying to track down this sense of something – I think it’s probably quite similar to writing a poem or creating a song. It’s hovering there and you can’t force it down you have to wait and listen, I’m saying “listen” because I seem to be quite sound-oriented and often use music as a way into painting. I’ve always found films very inspiring too as you get this blend of sound, image and movement creating a very strong experience, a unique feeling and the way they work together can be so powerful. A key scene for me is in Antonioni’s “Blow Up”, the one in which the protagonist first enters the park. He’s a photographer, drawn in by chance into exploring this quiet, open yet enclosed, lonely place, and you just see the wind in the trees and the grass and it’s just very mysterious and beautiful somehow. It’s replete with possibilities. I love the idea of making a painting with that kind of inherent mystery.

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What’s the most rewarding thing about sharing your art with the world?

I love that someone who buys a painting wants to have it as a part of their life, in their home. That is just so moving to me. And even if it eventually goes elsewhere, it has this life of its own, and that’s such a great story. I love the idea that after I’m gone, there might be a few of these little fragments left, wandering around the planet, having curious adventures. Sooner of later returning into a deeper mulch, of course! But that’s fine too – as well as inevitable!

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Where can we find you?


mossmottle/etsy

mossmottle/facebook

mossmottle/twitter

rhubarbia. blogspot

 Thank you so much Amanda, I love your work!

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JUURI & FashArtHome

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Featuring Julie Robertson of JUURI and FashArtHome

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Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m a 29 year old Tokyo-born artist, currently living in Norman, OK in the US. I love painting Japanese themes and also wild drippy colorful abstracts. I’m also a fashion nut.

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When did you know that art was your thing?

I’ve been drawing even before I could properly speak. And I’ve just never stopped! More recently, I’ve discovered that I need to focus on art instead of any other “career”… because with anything else, I’ll never truly be happy.

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Do you have a favorite medium?

I love the unexpected nature of watercolor. It almost paints itself. I’ve also gotten into acrylics more these days. Oil pastel on canvas is new for me, but I love the brilliant hues and the deep saturation you can get with it.society617

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What’s your favorite part of the art making process?

I love getting so into a painting that I don’t know what time it is, where I am, or if I’ve eaten lunch. It’s like an art-induced amnesia! I’m sure all creative people can relate to this. It’s fantastic to be so involved in a piece like that.society61

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What inspires you to create?

My Japanese heritage, patterns, color schemes, other peoples’ art. Sunlight, travel, open fields, flora and fauna. The dark forest. Quiet patches of moss.society61

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What’s the most rewarding thing about sharing your art with the world?

When people say “This painting means so much to me because I can relate exactly to the message,” that is the best thing I could hear.

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Where can we find your work?

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Japanese art: www.etsy.com/shop/juuriart

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Abstract art: www.etsy.com/shop/fasharthome

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Where can we find you?

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Japanese art: www.juuriart.com

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Abstract art: www.fasharthome.com

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Fashion blog: www.fiercelamb.blogspot.com

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Graphic design: www.tako-tako.com

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Thank you so much, I love your work!

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Eeli-Ethel Polli

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Featuring The Artwork Of Eeli-Ethel Polli

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Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am 39 Years old, live in Denmark, close to the sea and second largest city Aarhus. I live together with my husband Rune, who is photographer, 2 sons, Tristan and Oliver and 2 cats. I am visual artist and illustrator, but working also as photographer, graphic designer and video-photographer.

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When did you know that art was your thing?
I grew up in a family of artists. My father is painter, my mother is a textile artist, my grandparents were painters and also my sister paints. My childhood environment was very creative, playing with paints, spending lost of time in theatre (my father worked as scene artist), spending time with my parents friends who were actors, artists, writers, musicians. But I was not sure if I wanted to be painter until my 30’s. I studied art, but after I finished the University, I was working as news graphs designer. Until I decided to work for myself, and work with projects, that are creative and inspiring and meaningful to me.

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Do you have a favorite medium?
Mixed media in the moment, but I love to paint with water colours. I love the creative process, and the surprising moment when I feel that now the painting is finished and I have to stop.

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What’s your favorite part of the art making process?
I am an energetic person, I work very fast and when the task is finished, I have to find something new to do. I get bored very fast, so I am trying some new techniques constantly. I love the feeling when I forget everything and only concentrate on  painting. It is very energy demanding. If I don’t paint, I get grumpy.

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What inspires you to create?
Nature, music, exhibitions, vintage papers, flea markets, movies, other people. Probably I can find inspiration in everything, just you have to look and concentrate. But I am convinced that working is the place for inspiration. I have to start and then it comes, even if I only paint lines or dots.

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What’s the most rewarding thing about sharing your art with the world?
People who are buying my art, they write long emails to me, how they felt connection with my art and how happy they are now. I have met some very nice people through my art. Maybe I can inspire some.

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Where can we find your work?

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Galleri Krebsen in Copenhagen:
galleri.krebsen.net/Current_art.html

Galleri Indigo in Tallinn, Estonia.
Uus tn. 28-16

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Where can we find you?

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www.eeli.dk

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Eeli-Ethel Polli on Etsy

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Eeli-Ethel Polli on Facebook

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Eeli-Ethel Polli on Twitter

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pinterest.com/eeliethel/pins/

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Thank you Eeli-Ethel! We’ve been online friends for a few years, I’ve always enjoyed following you and am a big fan of your work!

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Nikki Galapon

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Featuring the art of Nikki Galapon

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Tell us About yourself.

(b. 1969) Originally from Northern NJ and now residing in Richmond VA. I always had an interest in art and wanted to attend art school after high school, but my parents “re-directed” me into Architecture… something more likely to earn a living, I guess was the logic there… I don’t know. I earned a Masters of Architecture from SCAD in 1994 and worked in various offices until 2007, when I abruptly decided to quit my job to be home with my two babies. I started taking art classes at night and could not imagine going back to work drafting lines and dimensions on a computer. I told my art teacher that I wanted to be a ‘real artist’ and he said, “Well, then go paint.” And that’s just what I’ve done. When I opened an online shop and had my first sale I realized that I had to make this work. When I first started out I was filled with fear and doubt and the critical voices of others telling me that it was all a pipe dream. Every day I’m a little more sure that this is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing, after all… I’m 44 years old and I’m not going to be around forever, so let’s just get on with it!

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Give us an idea of the art making process for you.

Although I was not fond of Architecture as a profession, I still loved the process of design. I loved being given a site and a certain set of parameters and having to solve a problem within them. I find that I treat a lot of my artwork the same way. I will start with a structure, like the grain of the wood panel or the notes on a sheet of music, or some random shapes that I expressively paint on a canvas. Then I take what I’ve been given and make it work.

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Do you have a favorite medium?

I cannot really think of any medium that I don’t like, but I do have some favorites: oil paint, encaustic, paint markers, pen, charcoal, acrylics, watercolor, gouache, collage, etc… I like to have it all handy for whatever mood I’m in.

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What inspires you?
Here is a quote that I read a couple of months ago that really strikes a chord with me and just about sums up my view of art and life:

“Go all the way with it. Do not back off. For once, go all the goddamn way with what matters.” -Ernest Hemingway

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Where can we find you?

nikkigalapon.com

Nikki Galapon on Etsy

Nikki Galapon on Facebook

Contact Nikki Galapon at nikki@nikkigalapon.com

Thank you Nikki, love your work!

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