Thursday, November 5, 2020

DPW Spotlight Interview: Nata Shray

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

From Nata's DPW Gallery Page:

Painting provides a path for me to express my emotions through a myriad of colors, textures, abstract shapes and forms. I work periodically in various techniques and like to experiment with different materials. I frequently throw paint at my canvas and let my creativity go free. Through my art I hope to move and inspire others, make them smile and encourage them to pursue their own dreams. (click to read more)

Tell us a bit about how you first started painting.

It so happened that I am an architect-designer by training, although all my life from my earliest childhood I dreamed of being an artist. I started drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil in my hand, probably at the age of one and a half. My mother kept my early works, which show a bright temperament and a penchant for impressionist style.

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

I started painting constantly in 2013. Before that, I worked as an interior designer. I paint pictures every day and I'm not going to stop. My daily routine is what gives me a constant flow of energy. Besides, now I sell paintings and this is my income.

Vermont Fall
(click to view)

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

What mediums and genres have you experimented with?

I experimented with oil paints, acrylics, pastels, and watercolors. I love painting landscapes. I love nature and travel. I have lived in Thailand for many years and the nature of Asia inspired me to create. And now I live in a very beautiful mountain country of Turkey. I've never been to the United States, but I want to visit beautiful national parks. For materials I like oil paints, watercolors, dry pastels, but also sometimes I paint with acrylics and oil pastels. Changing materials gives me the opportunity to experiment and not get bored.

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

This is a cyclical process. Something temporarily disappears, and then sticks again. It's like the spirals of a galaxy. I love color in painting, so all the materials that give me bright colors are suitable for me.

Which ones are you looking forward to exploring?

Every time I dive into a material or story, I explore something new even in familiar things. I would like to explore pastels more deeply. Try professional brands of pastels and crayons that are made by hand. Crayons that are made by hand are very expensive, my goal is to buy them and try to paint a picture with them.

Who or what inspires you most?

Most of all, I am inspired by travel and nature. Hiking. I also have a video blog on YouTube and I am very inspired to communicate with other artists. I've been doing live broadcasts lately, we talk a lot, and it gives me inspiration for creativity.

Hawaii Beach
(click to view)

What does procrastination look like for you?

I'm a very happy person because I don't have procrastination periods. If I have forced breaks, I look forward to picking up the paint again and starting to create.

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

Since I only work as an artist, I spend my full time working on art. I draw pictures, meditate, and contemplate. My time is totally saturated with art. Painting is my main activity, so I always have enough time for it.

Birch Tree
(click to view)

How do you generally arrive at ideas for your paintings? 

I love National Geographic films very much, they inspire me to create and give me ideas for paintings.

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

I meditate and do energy practices. They feed me and charge me with creative energy.

Tuscany Lavender Fields
(click to view)

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

In the last year, I switched from large formats to small picture formats. That's why I registered an account on Daily Paintworks. Now this is my study of the possibilities of miniature painting. Recently, I began to draw with a wide flat brush in the sketch technique. It turns out very quickly and effectively.

What makes you happiest about your art?

Painting for me is everything: the Meaning, and the Path and the Goal. This is my meditation, understanding Myself. This is life itself, because drawing for me, like breathing, is a necessity. This process is magical for me. At the moment, I sell only finished paintings.

Taking a brush in my hands, I plunge into a special state of consciousness - artists call it the Creative Flow. That's why I like to sell ready-made paintings more, it is in the stream that really strong paintings are born.

Red Poppies
(click to view)

Thanks, Nata!

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