Thursday, December 4, 2014

DPW Spotlight Interview: Lisa Fu

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

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

From Lisa's DPW Gallery page:

Lisa's paintings are inspired by her traveling experience and the simple beauty in nature and life: the bright sunlight, blooming flowers, falling leaves, running puppies, busy city streets, green vineyard, colorful sky... Her paintings seem to tell a story about the sun is always shining and that love is always in the air! (click to read more)

Tell us a bit about how you first started painting.

I’ve loved drawing since my early childhood, but I actually started paint about 5 years ago, when I joined a community watercolor painting group.

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

When I just started painting, I worked as a biology researcher full time, so I painted in my spare time, following the growing desire in my heart; I became a full time painter two years ago. Since then, I’ve come to understand that painting is my job and I will always keep time for it.

Love of Roses
(click to see original image)

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

What mediums and genres have you experimented with?

I lived in Paris, France for two years in the 1990’s, during that period of time, I visited museums around Europe and was deeply inspired by the works of the French impressionists. I have tried oil, acrylic and watercolor. I choose watercolor as my favorite medium, largely because the soft and romantic feeling of watercolor paintings.  I love the passionate quick painting process with watercolor.  l enjoy to see the color merging and blending together when the paper still wet.

Yellow Roses
(click to see original image)

Which ones are you looking forward to exploring?

I will continue to explore the endless possibilities with watercolor, going with the flow and spontaneous nature of the watercolor….At same time, I am looking forward  to experiencing the texture, brush strokes and rich color which oil painting could offer….

Who or what inspires you most?

My travel experience and the simple beauty in daily life inspire me a lot. The bright sunlight and beautiful color in nature give me great inspirations too. My painting style influenced by French impressionists and some watercolor masters in UK, Edward Seago, Edward Wesson and John Yardley.

Rose Haven Heritage Garden
(click to see original image)

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

I am a professional artist now, my studio or field is my office, I take my dog for a walk in the morning, after that is my painting time, not making plans during morning painting time as much as I can.

How do you generally arrive at ideas for your paintings?

I paint something that inspires me. I always take my camera and sketching book with me and record everything which I would love to paint! I always paint with an impression of what I see.

Under the Lights
(click to see original image)

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

Based on the transparent nature of watercolor, I count every wash I put on my paper. I make the draft plan about composition, light, shadow and color. I paint loose, passionate and quickly in an impressionistic approach. This is my way to keep my work fresh and vibrant. I usually finish one painting in about two hours.

Lake Como, Bellagio, Lombardy, Italy
(click to see original image)

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

Always learning with enthusiasm and passion, love what you do. Keep painting and strongly believe: good art will be noticed and loved by people!

What makes you happiest about your art?

When I have finished one painting and feel satisfied is the happiest moment for me. I feel so honored and happy, when people love what I paint and willing to buy my paintings for their sweet homes!

Thanks, Lisa!

© 2014 Sophie Catalina Marine Cruse

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