Thursday, September 25, 2014

DPW Spotlight Interview: Carol DeMumbrum

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

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

From Carol's DPW Gallery page:

Carol DeMumbrum resides in her hometown of Brentwood, Tennessee with her husband and two sons. She graduated from Harris School of Art and O'More College of Design with a degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design. (click to read more)

Tell us a bit about how you first started painting.

In fifth grade, I won an art contest at school and I can remember the excitement of advancing to a county art show. I did not win at that show, but I remember the incredible feeling of sharing my work with others.

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

After graduating from O'More College of Design, I worked as a graphic artist and illustrator. Then, came the different kind of creative years staying at home and enjoying the time with my two boys. About five years ago, I decided to pick up my paintbrush and paint daily. Although I don't always finish a painting every day, I am usually working in some way to advance as an artist.

Autumn Dew
(click to see original image)

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

What mediums and genres have you experimented with?

When I was painting illustrations, I was mainly painting with gouache and watercolors. I decided I wanted to try oil again and was so excited to have a finished painting so quickly. I love painting pet portraits; capturing their personalities with paint is so much fun! The highlight of my week is when I have the opportunity to venture outside with friends and paint plein air with my local plein air group, The Chestnut Group.

Which ones have "stuck" and which ones have fallen away?

Plein air was an experiment that has definitely stuck. I was so afraid to get out and paint in front of others, but the more I do it the deeper my love for it grows.

(click to see original image)

Which ones are you looking forward to exploring?

I would love to once again work with watercolor, perhaps on a children's book.

Who or what inspires you most?

I would have to say, first and foremost, God and His creation. Growing up on a farm and being in nature all day instilled in me the love and desire to paint my beautiful surroundings. When I go out and paint plein air, I feel the same awe and wonder I remember feeling as a child. I would also say I am definitely inspired by all of the wonderful artists here on Daily Paintworks, Facebook and my friends in the Chestnut Group. Wait, I can't forget the Masters such as Sargent, Sorolla and Rembrandt; just way too many to list.

Spring Babe
(click to see original image)

What does procrastination look like for you?

I would have to say the fear of failing. The more I paint daily the less likely I am to procrastinate. I have come to realize not every painting is going to be a keeper and it is all a learning process. Just DO IT!

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

I found the best way to complete tasks that I don't enjoy first, such as housework, is a "To Do" list. Then, I have more time available for painting and marketing.

(click to see original image)

How do you generally arrive at ideas for your paintings?

I follow my heart when searching for reference or vistas to paint. There is usually something I am drawn to in a scene or photo. I love candid glimpses of everyday life: maybe dog buddies exploring together, or a couple sitting on a park bench enjoying their time with one another. I have found when it is something I don't feel strongly about, it is apparent in my work.

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

I am constantly being inspired by other artists. I know I have so much to learn, so when I can, I take workshops from artists I admire, such as Matt Smith, Anne Blair Brown, Kevin Menck, Dreama Tolle Perry and an upcoming one with Nancy Franke. (Please come to Nashville, Carol Marine. :) ) These workshops keep me thinking and growing.

Light Breakfast
(click to see original image)

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

I'm learning what to put in, what to leave out, composition, and how to be patient with larger paintings. I'm always trying to find better ways to use my time.

What makes you happiest about your art?

I get to share something I love and feel led to create with all of you. I hope you will visit my Daily Paintworks Gallery and will contact me if you have questions. Thank you Daily Paintworks!

Thanks, Carol!

© 2014 Sophie Catalina Marine Cruse

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