Ginger Deverell of Red Pear Creative reached out to me and asked if I would join her for a blog hop. Ginger is a subscriber of my Small Sweet Steps and a supporter of my journey, I was thrilled and honored that she thought of me for this blog hop!
I was provided questions to share with you! Here we go.
What are you working/writing on?
I just completed several new collections for my licensing business and have a little bit of time for myself right now. I am trying to take advantage of this free space to look inward and really think about my life, my art and where I want them to take me. With my life being in transition these days, there really isn’t anything I can do, but sit tight and see where things land. This makes it the perfect time for me to experiment with my art. I have decided to spread my wings a bit and try some new things. Last week I played with mixed media and loved it! I am also working on an art journal for the first time. My main focus with the journal is to let my writing drive the art. Usually, I paint first then add words. I want this experience to be more about words and emotions creating the art on the pages. I am also spending time writing my Small Sweet Steps and have an idea for a book that I would love to start creating over the remainder of the summer.
Some of my new collections.
New mixed media art
My first art journal entry
How does my work/writing differ from others work in my genre?
My watercolors come from a magical place within me. They appear on the page without any forethought. I never have a plan, they just flow from an intuitive well that always seems to be full. I feel very connected when I am painting. My writing doesn’t flow quite as easy. It comes from a deeper place –a place of stillness, compassion and empathy. When you combine my art and words they fill you with a sense of happiness and comfort at the same time.
Why do I write/create what I do?
Honestly, I have absolutely no choice in the matter. I have been on a lifetime search to create and share the art that is in my heart. It is my mission to inspire others through my soul-fueled art and writing. To lift people up and show them that their dreams are possible even when the road ahead is full of challenges. To show by example that we can rise above our challenges and touch the glistening stars that are lighting our way. Life is full of magic, we just need to open ourselves up to see it and believe that we can create our own place in paradise. That is why I do what I do.
Hmmmmm!? I am in my head a lot! Thinking and imagining and thinking some more. I am always trying to grasp onto this vague whisper of an idea floating around in my head that I can never seem to grab. That is usually when I let go of my need to control things and grab my brushes. When I start painting all of that mind chatter goes away and things pour out. When I paint my flowers, I don’t draw anything first. The shapes are created by the brush strokes. I find that when I try to draw the flowers first, they always look too stiff. After I am done painting, I scan my art and continue to create in the computer. Sometimes the art remains the same and other times I like to add textures, colored backgrounds, other elements and words to the final piece. After my main piece of art is created I like to build a collection around it for licensing purposes. I will try to create supporting art and patterns that round out the idea and look sweet together. Once I have the collection completed, I then send it off to my agent. I have been pretty blessed these last two years. Here is a sampling of my art on products.
Example of a collection.
Now, onto the fun stuff! As part of the blog hop, I was asked to share with you women that inspire me. I am so honored to call these ladies my friends and love how their creativity flows from them in such beautiful and different ways.
Ginger Deverell was so sweet to ask me to participate in this blog hop and feature my work. Check out her blog hop post here.
Ginger is a mixed-media artist and designer who paints for beauty and healing. She feels there is such power in beauty, in growing, in being and knowing yourself. Creating is her way of processing her experience in this world, a journey of self-discovery. She expresses this in her art with the hope that others will use it as a mirror to see and celebrate their own beauty and truths. Ginger is also the talented creator of Red Pear Creative, a boutique art and design company producing exquisitely simple designs coupled with eclectic and colourful art.
I love Ginger’s inspirational art. Her use of color calls to me and her emotion driven art and simple meaningful words make me so happy.
Heather’s art is about bringing out the sweet, whimsical nature of life, whether it be through illustrations for products (such as embroidery, textiles, wrapping paper, packaging, stationery, and greeting cards) or for custom, book, and editorial illustrations . Each project takes on a deep, personal meaning for Heather and her clients – bringing it to life is a labor of love that Heather embraces.
One of Heather’s new licensing collections with Pink Light Studio!
Heather also has a successful line of embroidery patterns. This one was featured in Molly Makes!
Daily Drawings on Instagram
Heather’s work has been featured in Mollie Makes Magazine twice as well as other publications, she has a thriving Etsy Shop and has been featured on Smart Creative Women with Monica Lee. She is quite prolific and loves to share her daily drawings on her very popular Instagram feed. She has over 4k followers! Wow! This has been a very exciting year for Heather, she recently signed with a top agent and is now licensing her work. Get ready to be seeing a lot of her beautiful creations!
Deborah Velásquez, a Brooklyn original, who now enjoys the creative life in the wooded hills of New England with her husband and two sons.
Her inspiration comes from walks on the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard, the streets of Paris and New York, the simple beauty of nature found her back garden, and the primitive innocence of her sons scribbles. She is an artist-designer and blogger who creates paintings, prints, ceramics, cards, textiles and mobiles.
She loves the mix of design, words, art and craft. Deborah’s work is modern, sophisticated, graphic and bold with a unique color sense and it reflects her love for the simplicity of line.
She works in both digital and traditional methods. Her traditional work shows her love of gouache, watercolor and printmaking.
She has said “When I am making art, I know this is what I should be doing. I want my work to be,”Where Art and Beauty Meet Lifestyle”©
Deborah is on fire these days winning 7 competitions on Minted (thats a big deal!)and Carpetvista. Deborah is also licensing her prints with great success and exhibiting her work in galleries. Her work is so full of life and bold it breathes life into me every time I see it.
Deborah and Heather will be posting for the blog hop next Saturday the 19th! Be sure to follow the blog hop and see who inspires them.