Welcome! This post is part of a chain of blog hops. Each artist answers three questions and then connects to three more artists to continue the chain (I will try to find people to link to later this week but I may be the weak link in this chain.) Thanks to Sally Trace for including me in this endeavor. I also would like to say I've appreciated her support during the last few days I had with my mother.
Here we go:
1. How does my creating process work?
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
The question is, what is my genre or style? I officially like to use the phrase "Pop Surrealism" because it sounds important, like it has artistic value and merit.
The thing is, I use a silly, cartoony style to create images that have great personal meaning to me. I create multiple images at a time that could almost be laid out like a comic strip, yet they usually work in any sequence and there is not a blatant story. It is up to the viewer to create their own narrative. I also play with these images using a variety of traditional media.
It's hard to know where to be. I've hung work in galleries and had tables at comic book conventions. Neither one turned out very lucrative.
3. What am I working on?
I just finished a series of images using various combinations of an owl, a yelling sun, a calm blue bird and skulls. Created over the last 3 weeks in spray paint and watercolor, they are an expression of both my frustration with my mom's illness and the acceptance of it's inevitable course.
This year I have been pushing myself to work outside my comfort zone. I am currently in a year long online mixed media class about illustrating fairy tales. I will begin working on the current assignment later this week. I have also taken a few other online courses to push me both into new subject matter and new media. These classes have become a nightly stress reliever as I dealt with my mom's illness and have provided me with new tools to use with my own students.
|The Princess, the Pea and the Giant Squid|
As soon as a round up a few artists, I will link to their blogs here.