Thursday, November 21, 2019

DPW Spotlight Interview: Nikolina Primorac

Each week we will spotlight a different DPW artist who will give away one of their best paintings. To enter to win Nikolina's painting "Blue Jay" go to Daily Paintworks and click on the link at the top of the page announcing their interview.

From Nikolina's DPW Gallery Page:

My name is Nikolina, I'm a 25-year-old self-taught artist. I work primarily in oils, with animals as my favorite subject to paint. I like to use different materials, such as wood slices and blocks, silver and gold foils. I also enjoy using watercolors and graphite pencils in my sketchbooks, often creating a study sketch before painting or just exploring new ideas and styles. I'm grateful to have my work in private homes across the United States, England, Ireland, Cyprus, Croatia, and Netherland. You can contact me if you have any questions about my paintings or process, I would love to hear from you!

Tell us a bit about how you first started painting.

I always loved to draw as a child but growing up I put it aside even though the thought of being an artist never left my mind. Coming from a small country affected by the war for most people, including my family, art was considered just a hobby and not something worth pursuing.  Five years ago, I decided to learn on my own, first with graphite pencils and later with watercolors. Two years after I felt it is time to move onto oil painting. I fell in love with it and slowly started building confidence to show and offer my work for sale. My mediums and favorite subjects changed over time but the goal remained the same from day one, and it is to keep practicing and perfecting my skills with each painting.

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

There were times where I felt I'm not getting any better and I will never reach the level where I'm happy with my work. I was thinking of quitting and throwing away all my art supplies and paintings.
But those silly dramatic periods were just a few days long before I would pick up my brushes again.
I just couldn't see my future without painting in it. With time I learned to be patient, relax and just look forward to the painting process.

Blue Jay
(click to view)

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

What mediums and genres have you experimented with?

I worked with graphite pencils, charcoal, watercolors, and oils. I paint mostly animals and scenery, with some portraits here and there.

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

Oil paints are my favorite medium to work with, although I still sometimes use pencils and watercolors in my sketchbook. They are great for studies and relaxing evening sketches.

Cow
(click to view)

Which ones are you looking forward to exploring?

I want to try gouache paints, they seem like a good substitute for oils when I feel like sketching loose and exploring new ideas. I'm slowly moving to bigger paintings also. Big canvas seemed intimidating for a long time, but I feel I'm ready and looking forward to creating some larger work.

Who or what inspires you most?

I'm inspired by a lot of artists, old and new ones, as well as genres. Animals will always be my favorite subjects to paint, I just love the process of creating the painting and the end result.  I always hope I will manage to capture ''that something'' which will evoke emotion in a viewer.

Flamingo
(click to view)

What does procrastination look like for you?

I try to paint every day, for at least a couple of hours. If I don't feel inspired enough to paint I will take that time to organize my art space, prepare panels for future paintings, search for more ideas and references and flip through some art books. Usually, by then I already feel like going back to the easel and painting.

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

I schedule the time for painting. I like to paint in natural daylight and in short winter days I know I have to start early. For me, the day without creating art is wasted and if something prevents me from it I will try to make it up the next day by painting longer.

Great Grey Owl
(click to view)

How do you generally arrive at ideas for your paintings?

It is usually something that I want to paint for some time, like certain animals. I have a list and keep adding to it. Animal documentaries often make me curious and excited to research and portray all those beautiful, unique creatures. I like to paint some scenery and portrait for fun and as practice sometimes.

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

I keep learning and painting, reading art books, trying to enjoy the process as much as possible and also be happy with the final painting which gives me confidence and inspires me to create more.

Red Kite
(click to view)

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

I feel like my paintings are getting closer to the vision that I have in my mind. I'm learning more about the painting style and directions I would like to go, as well as my value as an artist.

What makes you happiest about your art?

Everything about art makes me happy, from first ideas and sketches until finished paintings. I'm also happy and truly grateful for all those lovely people who chose my paintings to be part of their home.

Chimpanzee
(click to view)

Thanks, Nikolina!

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