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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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Family, Stuff, Thoughts

Love

You Know Tis Love | DavsArt

Print available HERE

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Leigh Viner

Featuring Leigh Viner

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Currently in Denver living my dream working as a full time freelance artist and photographer and dreaming the next dream of moving abroad eventually, but I think the stability with family while my daughter is still young is better here for now. I can always travel, which I have a strong passion for as well.

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When did you know that art was your thing? From a very young age, It was always something that I just loved and being a shy child I found it as a great outlet to express my emotions.

Do you have a favorite medium? It depends on the moment while I am creating. Some weeks my camera is my favorite medium, while other times painting with oils or illustrative work. I have a vast collection of art supplies now and just have to go with what I am feeling when deciding what to use, most of the time I love to mix a bit of everything.

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What’s your favorite part of the art making process

It is almost a meditative process, I find that while I am creating I am really still and truly in the moment, otherwise I am one who rarely sits still.

What inspires you to create?

I can find inspiration in just about anything. I sometimes can be overwhelmed with so many ideas, but I try to organize my ideas and categorize them for future projects or when the mood or timing feels right.

What’s the most rewarding thing about sharing your art with the world? Honestly when someone buys a piece of my art and it can bring joy to them for any reason at all, I feel so honored and grateful.

Where can we find your work?

You can currently find my work on these sites: www.leighviner.etsy.com {prints} leighviner.bigcartel.com {originals}

For anyone in the UK I have a few pieces available directly from John Lewis and EasyArt unsigned.

Where can we find you?

Blog: www.leighviner-blog.com

Website: www.leighviner.com

Twitter: @leighviner

Instagram: leighviner

Facebook: Leigh-Viner

Pinterest: Leigh Viner

Thank you so much Leigh, I absolutely love your work!

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living feral

Living Feral Artist Interview and Feature | DavsArt

Featuring dreamscape collage artist Tracy Jager of

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Tell us a bit about yourself:
I live on the wet green coast in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to making collages, I also sometimes draw, sew and take photos. I have a weakness for vintage and antique things, so spend a bit of time cramming my tiny home with treasures and occasionally selling them in my online vintage shops. The rest of the day I cook lots, eat frequently, take naps and dream excessively, and hang out with my animal friends.

Living Feral Artist Interview and Feature | DavsArt

When did you know that art was your thing?
Since I was young I liked making pictures, but didn’t have a lot of confidence in doing it. Also, I first wanted to be an actress or a writer. After a brief stint working in live theatre and at some other interesting jobs, I ended up as a communications consultant and writer, mostly in healthcare and health sciences. A lot of my co-workers told me I was visually talented and encouraged me to go to art school, and that gave me to the courage to do a fine arts program at Langara College while doing freelance work. I then went on to complete a BFA in Visual Art at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (now University).


Tell us some of the process into making collage.
Lots and lots of cutting! I flip through stacks of the hundreds of vintage books and magazines I have, and cut out images that appeal to me…regardless of whether I have a particular use for them at the time. The act of cutting for long periods puts me in what you could call a trance or dream-like state, where my mind can make associations it might not if tasked with thinking logically. Sometimes I’ll just cut images for days at a time, and then suddenly a flood of scenes and stories will come together. Then there will be the long process of pasting them up, scanning them, and figuring out just the right title (which can sometimes come quickly, or sometimes take weeks!)

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What’s your favorite part of the art making process?
The way, when I actually get right into the process, that time seems suspended. I get there sometimes when I’m drawing or sewing, but it happens most when I make collage. It’s a sensation of being totally present in the moment but also outside time.

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What inspires you to create?
Well, often my work influenced by things I’ve read or think about…philosophy and poetry and psychology, for instance. I’m particularly interested in humans’ relationship with animals and the environment, and that factors into my pieces.
As for what inspires me though…besides the feeling and experience I get when actually making something, it seems to me that creating art is one of the best things humans can do. I always loved reading when I was young, and books helped me experience the world through others’ eyes and thoughts. A beautiful painting can evoke a feeling of awe. Any piece of art carries with it a sense of its creator, and I believe this sharing contributes to empathy and compassion.

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What’s the most rewarding thing about sharing your art with the world?
While I’m an introvert with hermit tendencies, I do have ongoing health issues that make it challenging to be outside my home for extended periods of time. I love solitude, but I can end up feeling isolated. Through sharing my art online, I’ve met many wonderful and talented people – like you Sarah! Thanks for asking me to be a part of your Features series.
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Where can we find your work?


Collages on Etsy: www.livingferal.etsy.com


Drawings & sewn things: www.raccooncatcreations.etsy.com

Vintage stuff: www.handsomeraven.etsy.com and www.hyacinthvintage.etsy.com (partner in shop)

Where can we find you?


Website: tracyjager.com


Flickr: www.flickr.com/tjager


Facebook: www.facebook.com/livingferal


Twitter: www.twitter.com/livingferal


Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/livingferal

Thank you Tracy! I really appreciate this feature. I have loved your work ever since I discovered it.

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mizjaymee

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Featuring Jaymee Laws of mizjaymee

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Tell us a bit about yourself:
I live in a small town in Idaho with my husband, five children and four dogs, in a 110 year old house that has been in my family for three generations. Two of my children are autistic and I homeschool another one of my children. My life is a little chaotic (to say the least) but I try to find time to create art in between mothering and working on restoring my house. Artistically, I focus on painting women who express imagination and emotion, and I also do stained glass mosaic.

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When did you know that art was your thing?
I don’t remember a time when art wasn’t my thing. My father and one of my aunts are both very artistic and have worked in the field. I was encouraged from a very young age to create, and I can’t remember a time when I wouldn’t rather make something than play with toys. I never really liked television and I spent almost all my free time drawing, painting, and sculpting.

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Do you have a favorite medium?
For painting, I almost exclusively use acrylics. I love the look and smell of oil paints but I paint very quickly and have no patience when it comes to waiting for paint to dry. When I am painting, I do so in an assembly line fashion. I sketch out several pieces at once, usually 6-12 paintings, and then I move on to painting them in steps, generally finishing them all within days of each other. Acrylic allows me to jump from piece to piece without waiting. In mosaic, I use stained glass, which is inspiring in and of itself because of its color and texture.

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What’s your favorite part of the art making process?
I would say my favorite part is watching the piece come alive as it’s nearing completion. I start to refer to my girls who are painted as “she” and feel like they have developed their own identity, separate of mine.

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What inspires you to create?
Everything. When I’m painting a lot, I see everyone and everything as a painting. I can’t talk to someone without noticing the lines and shadows on their faces, and seeing them as a painting. A lot of my paintings are inspired by music, particular songs and lyrics tell stories that often get translated into my pieces.

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What’s the most rewarding thing about sharing your art with the world?
I love it when someone is really excited about my work, and when they internalize a piece. I’ve had several people connect personally with the emotions portrayed by one of my girls, and I’ll think, “Awesome. They GET IT.”.

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Where can we find your work?


MizJaymee on Etsy


Art Of Jaymee on DeviantArt


Jaymee Laws on Society6


Jaymee Laws on Fina Art America


Where can we find you?


The Art of Jaymee Laws on Facebook


@mizjaymee on Twitter

Thank you Jaymee, I love your work!

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Crankbunny

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Featuring Norma’s paper craft work from Crankbunny

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am an animation director & artist who works under the name Crankbunny, but my real name is Norma V. Toraya. Besides doing animated commercials and small films, I also create paper dolls and mechanical paper toy objects. All my paper work is illustrated, carefully cut, and assembled to be hung or handled.

Additionally, I sometimes collaborate with other amazing artists on similar paper cut out projects through Von Zos (www.landofzos.com) or one on one, as with poster artist Brian Ewing (www.brianewing.com.) I also like to write how-to books and share with others how they can make pop up cards, paper dolls and toys. I do that with The Secret Society of Paper Cuts.

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Where does your interest in paper puppets, pop up cards, and other paper toy novelties come from?

They come mainly from two places. My love of old things and my background in animation. I grew up right at the edge of electronic fancy toys. It has made me personally fascinated with my own memories of playing with simple paper toys and using my imagination to fill in the gaps. I’ve also worked in animation for almost 10 years – primarily focusing on traditional techniques like drawn animation and flat 2D stop motion animation. Because of that work, I ended up making flat articulated dolls and props. They were always so wonderful to handle.

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Give us an idea of the process involved in converting paper into magic.

The technical answer : I totally obsess about a random topic and research the hell out of it. The topic tends to come about from researching for a previous idea. From there I try to figure out how to translate it paper. What is the appeal (the magic) of this thing and how can that be made with paper the simplest way possible? I don’t like over complicating things and am constantly auditing my direction. There is a maquette (prototype) that I then I build and do the final artwork. I tend to think about the production also – what is the best way in steps to make the objects.

The meta answer : Magic is imagination. Imagination lets you fill in the blanks.

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What inspires you to create?

Mania. Obsession. Freedom. My drive in the last 2 years has shifted to something very internal that is hard to describe. Making things is all I pretty much think about. I have a hard time sitting still if I’m not working on something. The research, making, problem solving and sometimes failure involved is an amazing feeling. Also, the fact I’ve taken a hiatus from directing has let me focus laser sharp on very specific personal creative challenges that always took a back seat.

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

I’ve worked in other fields and mediums that lacked the intimacy I get from making my paper creations available to anyone on a one to one basis. People can actually touch and play with my objects. They can place it around their homes and it becomes part of their life. They can give it as a gift and that moment becomes even more special. It is extremely touching when someone uses a card for a marriage proposal, announcing a new birth or surprise get away trip. It’s nice to know there is tons of joy associated with what I’ve made.

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Where can we find your work?

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shop site : shop.crankbunny.com

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etsy shop site : crankbunny.etsy.com

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The Secret Society of Paper Cuts (SSoPC) Books : www.ssopc.net , www.secretsocietyofpapercuts.com/

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Where can we find you?

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website : www.crankbunny.com

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blog/tumblr : blog.crankbunny.com

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instagram : @Crankbunny

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twitter : @Crankbunnyshop

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facebook : Crankbunny

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Thank you Norma *Crankbunny! I’ve long admired your paper handiwork. So glad to be able to feature your work here.

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