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Tell us about you and your art journey.
To me art is a way of living, of seeing things; a way of having fun, relieving the stress and keep learning. I have always been art inclined, even before I knew the word for it.
When I was very little I decided I was going to be an opera singer when I grew up and I told the world out loud on top of my little chair. Later on in life, pencil and paper became my best friends. All through my life I have drawn, even on the wall. One of my best memories is making chalk mermaids in my grandma’s wall and she would keep them till my next visit.
As I grew up, more art forms came into my life: acting, ceramics, graphic design, woodcarving, painting and doll making.
Tell us about you and your art journey.
My art journey has been culminating my entire life. My mom always said I was an artist, though it took many years for me to believe her. I was ‘self taught’ until I was 41 and decided to go to college and get my degree in art. At 45 I graduated with my BFA in Studio Art. I certainly do not believe that an art degree is necessary but it was a wonderful experience and I am so glad I did it! After I graduated, I bought a rubber stamp company, RubberMoon Art Stamps and I now run the business and design stamps and paper art projects. So in many ways, me ‘art journey’ is still, really, just beginning!See More»
I’m Sarah Hand, a mixed media artist living in Richmond, Virginia. Painting, collage and paper mache are my passions. Combining all three is even better! I’m thrilled to be part of the Soul Food faculty and look forward to sharing my talents and connecting with new artists, and learning more, myself!
Read Sarah’s interview…
Thanks to Soul Food, Jacqui has been another of those happy discoveries for me. I didn’t know her or her work before planning this class with Mystele and Heather; I instantly liked her when I met her online, and I absolutely loved her funky and so very original artwork. She uses her artwork for her Facebook profile photo and updates this regularly; I like each new one better than the last! She’s currently in Mystele’s Gut Art class at Community Thrive, and pretty much everything she shares, I think to myself, “I’d love that on my wall at home!” And for someone who sounds like an over-excited Minnie Mouse, when I listened to her interview video, I totally wanted her voice! See what I mean here:See More»
This is the other secret that I’ve been keeping and bursting to tell you! Finally the day has arrived when I can spill the proverbial beans… Let me tell you about SPECTRUM: it’s brand new, market-fresh, and I’m beyond thrilled to be teaching in it!
The brainchild of Hali Karla, holistic artist, Hali describes SPECTRUM as:See More»
I’m HUGELY excited that Chris is part of Soul Food! I’ve taken online classes with her [and her teaching partner, Julie Prichard] and long admired her work. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I’m always trying to improve my abstract paintings and hit on a combination of techniques that works for me. Chris does what I would LOVE to do: she creates vibrant, organic abstracts that give a suggestion of something real – some clear imagery – that the viewer can grasp on to [flowers, pods, birds, characters…]. Those are the kind of abstracts that I would love to paint; I sort of want to be Chris when I grow up! Get to know Chris better in her Soul Food interview:
I thought I’d play with my little hand carved robin stamp on some ACEO/ATC sized cards [2.5 x 3.5 inches], so I made a batch of these yesterday – a regular robin production line! They are the same but different; each one sprayed, stamped, and hand embellished by me, with the addition of my own little bird. A couple of them will be winging their way out as very special happy mail…
Another favourite colour combination, and a print of the lion fish that my Dad carved for me. Thinking of my favourite thing to do: snorkel in Caribbean waters with the fishes and the turtles.