As an artist, the process of bringing what starts as a little spark of creative inspiration to life is long, complicated, but truly magical. I wanted to challenge myself to see just how far I could take my creativity, and thus, my first art collection was born. Now, I want to take you through what inspired me to make my collection “Storm Clouds and Blue Skies.”
Nature as a creative inspiration
Nature is always a big inspiration to me both in life and in finding creative inspiration. I love the thought of bringing a little bit of the outdoors in to create those same emotions that I feel when I’m outside. I like the juxtaposition of Storm Clouds and Blue Skies. For me, it represents that everything in life is ever-changing. We are really feeling it this year with everything that is going on around the world. Our emotions of fear, confusion, and chaos can turn into peace, calm, or joy. I wanted to capture all of the emotions and the tension we feel around us and hold space for them.
Using new techniques to push boundaries
As for the techniques I used, I really wanted to create something that flowed together. Usually, I see what colors I’m in the mood for on any particular day and sit down to paint. This time, I wanted to see how I worked with some constraints in place. Would it allow me to be more creative or less? It was an experiment, in a way, that allowed me to test my creativity. I also wanted to push the boundaries to see if what I vision in my head could be put down onto paper boldly and excitingly. I wanted the artwork to be dynamic with flow, movement, and texture.
Experimenting with mixed media
Experimenting with different alcohol inks to find colors that inspire creativity and mixing acrylics into a few paintings is always a fun part of the process. Would Trex inks play nice with Ranger inks? How about mixing Copic inks with Jacquard Pinata inks? Would the Pinata Brass (which is my favorite mixative, by the way) look good with my DecoColor paint pens mixed with lines of gilded gold paint, or would they all clash and look like a muddy mess on the page? This took a lot of trial and error, but I learned a lot about using mixes for different things.
I was also interested in leveling up my art by investing in shadowbox frames and floater frames to show my pieces to their best advantage. I know this verse is off from my topic of finding creative inspiration, but I love the look of floater frames and have wanted to use them for a long time. They did not disappoint! I am so in love with the way they look.
The way my first art Collection came together is something that I will never forget. I found creative inspiration from so many places! Some paintings were a real struggle, but I have grown so much from this experience, and I am excited to see what comes next.
Go to the shop and take a look at the Collection. I have fine art prints and trinket dishes too. I hope you find something that speaks to you. Let me know what you think!