Thursday, September 1, 2016

DPW Spotlight Interview: Christine Bayle

Each week we will spotlight a different DPW artist who will give away one of their best paintings.

To enter to win Christine's painting, "Dried Sunflowers" go to Daily Paintworks and click on the link at the top of the page announcing their interview.

From Christine's DPW Gallery:

I live in Toulouse in South France. I love both plein air and studio practice, and above all drawing and sketching. Feel free to email if you have any questions.

Tell us a bit about how you first started painting.

I have no academic background. I started with drawing life models and my first training for painting was as a decorative painter.

Did you have any stops and starts in your painting career?

I'm still a young painter (!) and wish to become a very old one (in many years...)

Dried Sunflowers
(click to view)

Enter to win by clicking on the link at the top of the DPW home page announcing Christine's interview.

What mediums and genres have you experimented with?

I paint at home and therefore like to avoid smelling solvent. For a few years, I mostly used watermixable oils and acrylics. I love monoprinting too. When I sketch outdoors or from life I love to do experiments and combine all kinds of media like watercolor, graphite, crayola, pastel, ink, etc

From My Window
(click to view)

Which ones are you looking forward to exploring?

I would explore any support or media that I come across.

Who or what inspires you most?

What is touching me the most in painting is more the emotional than the narrative part. However, I've never been attracted by pure abstraction. I need "something concrete" and based on observation.

Cat for Mural Painting
(click to view)

What does procrastination look like for you?

Sometimes I feel right from the first brushstrokes that nothing good will happen and I need to clean my mind until the next day.

What techniques work to ensure that you make time for your art?

I always have all my material ready to use which allows quick installation (including a box keeping paints fresh, and all supplies stored in a sketchbox.) I also never go out without a sketchbook so I never loose an opportunity to practice (even in a traffic jam or waiting rooms!)

Entrance Room, Morning
(click to view)

How do you generally arrive at ideas for your paintings?

Mostly, from everyday life, people, landscape and animals around me. Sketching is a great resource and I have many thumbnails patiently waiting, or sometimes written descriptions. I find that the more I paint, the more ideas I have.

How do you keep art "fresh?" What techniques have helped you avoid burnout and keep your work vibrant and engaging?

I rediscovered the possibilities of acrylics recently which is helping me to clean and affîrm my color choices. I think painting should never be boring; if it starts to become so, I go outside for a walk.

Sweet Story
(click to view)

What do you feel you are learning about right now as an artist?

Most difficult is to remain self confident. I remind myself that nothing is permanent.

What makes you happiest about your art?

Sometimes when I put a patch of color next to another and both work perfectly together, I feel like life is worth living!

Thanks, Christine!

© 2016 Sophie Marine

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