Thursday, June 23, 2022

DPW Spotlight Interview: Sheila Marie

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

From Sheila Marie's DPW Gallery Page: 

I married young and we started our family a couple of years later. Creating fine art went to the back burner as I raised my kids and worked at multiple jobs that would allow me to be with my kids. Designing and fabricating stained glass for custom home builders, teaching stained glass, helping my husband build custom homes. When the kids were older I began working with a start-up company. There were three of us, the inventor/president, an accountant and myself. I started out helping with accounting and sales. As new challenges came up I volunteered to research and figure out the solutions. I ended up running operations and manufacturing. The first 14 years with this company, were incredibly exciting, fulfilling, boundless opportunities to grow, learn, create and be challenged every day. I'm still so thankful that the president of the company believed and had so much trust in me. An abrupt change almost 10 years ago changed my role dramatically. A role completely the opposite, sucking away the passion and joy that drove me. After several years of being very lost I found an old box of Grumbacher oils in my basement from 41 yrs. ago that I had played around with as a teen. I pulled those oils out, took a class at the Art League. I began to find my way. Slowly I began to dream again, to feel the excitement, fear, joy, challenge and strength of learning and growing again. Now almost 25 years later I have quit that job and will start again, another exciting journey. I work in oils painting plein air and in my studio. I love the outdoors and you'll see I lean towards landscapes. I do mix it up some with animals, still lifes and life drawing. Painting is all together exciting, challenging, frustrating, joyful, peaceful, leaving me exhausted and fulfilled. I'm continuously working on design, value relationships, soft and hard edges, and brush strokes. My goal, in the end, is to simplify, capture the mood, the essence and the emotion of that moment in time. Creating a work that will bring a beautiful statement to the home of its admirer.

Joshua Tree
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Enter to win by clicking on the link at the top of the DPW home page announcing interview

What did you want to be growing up? 

It wasn’t just one. I loved watching stage shows, musicals and variety shows as a kid. I thought it would be so much fun to be a dancer. 

When visiting the Natural History Museum and viewing the backdrops showing the natural surroundings of the animals I felt I could so easily walk in, feel the heat, the cold, hear the wind howling, birds singing and the insects chattering. How much fun that would be to go to those places to study, and come back to design and create those backdrops. 


And, of course doesn’t every little girl dream of being a fashion designer? Drawing lithe, graceful, beautiful women and men dressed in my creations.

 

When did your artistic journey begin? 

 

When I was in 5th grade I had a major crush on a boy in my class. He was really good at drawing and painting. The school would hang his pictures in the school hallways. I was extremely shy so I would never consider starting a conversation with him. But, maybe if I could be an artist he would like me and would ask me to go steady. Well, that didn’t work out but what I did discover is how much I enjoyed drawing.

 

Last Days of the Irises


Did you have any long periods without creative expression? How did you get back on the horse?


I’ve always been involved in creative endeavors. Thankfully no dry spells. 


Which mediums and genres do you gravitate toward? Which ones don’t appeal?


Oils and charcoal. I love the outdoors so landscapes are my main draw. I do also work on figures, still lifes, animals, just about anything as they bring much to my understanding of my practice.

 

I enjoy most genres. In the past, I just did not get abstracts. Over the past few years I have discovered a few abstract artist works that I enjoy. 


I do not care for works that are dark with a lot of angst and I definitely do not see a toilet bowl as a work of art, hah. 


Spreading Light
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What was the process like of pinpointing your personal style or finding your voice? 


I’m still looking, lol. But really, I don’t even think about it. I kind of feel like it might stagnate me if I landed on a ‘style’.


Name an artist (or artists), well-known or not, who you admire. Why? 


Oh my gosh! There are at least a hundred and I’m sure hundreds more if I live long enough to discover them. A few off the top of my head, Len Chmiel, Walt Gonske, Nicolai Fechin, Jerry Jordan, Zoey Frank, Richard Schmid… I love their stories and their work which provides me hours of study. I never tire of looking at their work.


Tangerine Blues
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If you could offer one piece of advice to your younger, creative self — what would that be? 

 

Put away those photographs and paint and draw from life! It will expedite your learning and you will discover far more. After a few hundred paintings and drawings from life you'll begin to see what a photograph cannot. After another few hundred from life you'll be ready to pull out a photo every once in a while and refer to it to jog your memory. 


You will never reach the end of this journey and that is a wonderful thing. The more you learn, the more you learn what you still have to learn. This journey just gets more challenging, joyful and exciting.


Do you utilize any habits or tricks for winning the distraction and procrastination battle? 

 

Hah, I haven’t figured that one out yet!


Winter Park Spring
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In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you push forward?

 

I just do. If not forward, it’s either standing still (boring) and I won’t even consider going backwards.

 

What are some of your long and short term goals for yourself or your art?


Both long and short I will simply continue to study and produce art. I will always be available to share, educate and mentor other artists.

 

Sipapu Cabins


What does success mean to you personally? 

 

Always pushing myself further and further. Completing works where I can see I reached higher and made it there. It builds my excitement to jump in right away and go even further. 


What is one of your proudest moments in your creative life?

 

It is a joyful moment when a collector loves one of your works for the good memories or feeling that it brings them.


Moab Early Evening Light
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Thanks, Sheila!

© 2022 Maddie Marine

Thursday, May 26, 2022

DPW Spotlight Interview: Marlene Lee

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

From Marlene's DPW Gallery Page:

Since graduating from California State University, Sacramento in studio art in 2009, I began to pursue art seriously. I mainly paint in oils - landscapes and still life but my passion is portraits. I'm furthering my painting skills with workshops and classes from Terry Miura, a well known northern California painter, My drawing skills were strengthen through Jeff Watts Online Program and Sadie Valeri Online Atelier program.

Click here at my blog updated paintings and process and upcoming events. I do accept pet commissions either in oils or watercolor in my Etsy shop at PaintingsbyMarlene. (Shipping is free).

My other love is urbansketching. My sketches are posted on my Flickr page. Some of those sketches can be bought as prints at my Society6 store.

​Check out my book, Sketching Around Davis, on Blurb. It's a collection of my sketches done from 2013 through 2019 around Davis, California where I live.

Orange with Grapes 
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Enter to win by clicking on the link at the top of the DPW home page announcing interview

What did you want to be growing up? 

I wanted to be a children’s book illustrator because that is what I knew at the time that artists do to earn a paycheck. Later I realized that there were other jobs like technical illustrator or industrial designer. I took drafting in high school and loved it. 

When did your artistic journey begin? 

It's hard to say when my journey began. Maybe when I was six, I tore a section of wallpaper in my parents’ rented home to see what kind of shapes I could create. The beginning of my abstract exploration. 

But I do remember in school, enjoying the challenge of drawing, copying things exactly. In high school I took all the art classes and learned to use other mediums beside pens and pencils. Through books I taught myself perspective by drawing cases of sodas in the storeroom of my family’s grocery store. 

In college, even though I majored in accounting, I took all the art classes I could. And even sold some pieces like a portrait of a cougar in a ballpoint pen to my accounting professor. I did some commercial work for billboard signs and ads. 

After college, even though I had a business degree and did some accounting, I eventually got a job as a graphic artist.

Chloe
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Did you have any long periods without creative expression? How did you get back on the horse? 

When I got married and had my three sons, I had to invest all my creative and emotional energy into raising them. I did some art stuff with them like papermaking and marbling. We also did some rubber stamp carving. I kept my hand in the arts by taking calligraphy workshops in San Francisco and freelancing calligraphy jobs. I also took watercolor classes at the local art center for many years. 

As my sons grew older, I went to a nearby university, California State Sacramento, and got a second bachelor but this time in studio art. By the time my sons finished public schools and had entered into college, I had my degree and became serious about being an artist. That was back in 2009. 

Which mediums and genres do you gravitate toward? Which ones don’t appeal? 

Drawing was my medium before the art degree. I love the pen and ink illustrations that I had seen in some Asian books that my parents kept. The use of thick and thin lines made by a brush fascinated me and still does. Currently it’s oils and watercolor. I love watercolor for its unpredictability; I feel I can be very expressive. Though I enjoyed working in oils, I still feel stiff; I’m seeking to be more expressive with my brushstrokes. I do love all the mediums….pastels, printmaking especially. I only have energy for just oils and watercolors. 

Pink Barn at Best Ranch
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What was the process like of pinpointing your personal style or finding your voice? 

An assignment in college was to cut out any images of paintings that we were drawn to. I’ve noticed it was paintings that had expressive brushstrokes. Impressionistic. I found that the more I paint the more my personal style just comes out. Like learning to do cursive writing. As kids we all learn from the same handwriting model but each kid would unconsciously put their own stamp into their writing. 

Name an artist (or artists), well-known or not, who you admire. Why? 

John Singer Sargent for his expressive watercolors. Many of the contemporary artists depending on what my interests were at the time. Now it’s Bethann Moran-Handzlik for her on-site paintings of her garden. Her ability to paint the mundane, like a flower growing from a crack, is amazing. Other artists, landscape artists, are catching my eye for their minimal details and expressive brushstrokes. I tend to get too detailed and my aim is to paint the landscape impressionistically. Anne Blair Brown comes to mind. 

Trees in Midmorning at the Arboretum
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If you could offer one piece of advice to your younger, creative self — what would that be? 

Don’t let the naysayers discourage you from pursuing your interest in art. Find ways to cultivate that interest. Whatever you pursue feeds into your creativity. 

It’s all about learning and not on just pure talent. 

Do you utilize any habits or tricks for winning the distraction and procrastination battle? 

Develop a routine. I run all errands, exercise…computer work all in the morning and paint in the afternoon. I want to totally focus on my painting completely. 

Also finding that working in a series of three to six paintings of similar subject matters, creates a momentum, getting into the flow. 

In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you push forward? 

Keep painting and drawing. 

Ginger Jar with Poppies
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What are some of your long and short term goals for yourself or your art? 

Earlier when I started to paint in oils I would just paint still life, mainly fruits. My goal then was to get a handle on oil painting, getting to know the colors. I noticed that the colors of most fruits are similar to the colors of different skin tones.

Now I want to focus more on landscape paintings, especially plein aire. I want to experience different expressions with the brush, become more painterly…and avoid details that sometimes still life painting would demand. 

Last year I was accepted into an artist cooperative, The Artery, and it has pushed me to consider what to paint and to paint seriously and how to exhibit my works. My ultimate goal is to get into a gallery. 

What does success mean to you personally? 

Being an accomplished and recognized artist…being able to paint anything and everything. And to earn income from doing what I enjoyed best. 

What is one of your proudest moments in your creative life? 

Being selected in a juried show, especially one juried by a well known artist was my pride and joy. Another moment was a learning moment. Just recently while painting a commissioned dog portrait, I’ve learned an important lesson in painting, I do not have to copy a photograph. I had lightened up a shadow area and it was an eureka moment. :-) 

Speaking of pet portraits, when my clients would say how they were moved in tears when they saw the portrait of their pet. This is actually my proudest moment. I am happy a client or buyer is touched by the painting. Then I had fulfilled my purpose in painting.

Gemini
(click to view)

Thanks, Marlene!

© 2022 Maddie Marine

Thursday, May 12, 2022

DPW Spotlight Interview: Robert Harris

Each week we will spotlight a different DPW artist who will give away one of their best paintings. To enter to win Robert's painting "banana 02" go to Daily Paintworks and click on the link at the top of the page announcing their interview.

From Robert's DPW Gallery Page: 


I was lost until I started painting. I'm still lost but slightly less so.



banana 02
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Enter to win by clicking on the link at the top of the DPW home page announcing interview

What did you want to be growing up?  
 
I always find this a bit of a strange question because I really didn't even consider ever wanting to do any "traditional job" as a child. I was more concerned with just wanting to play and goofing around. I suppose once I became a teenager I became pretty enamored with film and wanted to be a filmmaker but I quickly realized that it's a very collaborative profession and as someone who struggled a lot with social anxiety it wasn't really in the cards for me. In one way I guess painting really suits me in that sense because it's largely a solo activity.

When did your artistic journey begin?  
 
I took art classes in high school but I can't really say it was ever an interest at that point. I never made art outside of the assignments for classes and I can't say I was particularly any good at it. Right now I'm 40 and I didn't start really learning how to draw until a few years ago at age 37 and didn't begin painting until I was 38. I was feeling pretty lost several years ago and really just decided to learn to draw on a whim as a challenge to myself which eventually led to painting. I started by learning to draw with an online course called Drawabox.com which I'm currently a teaching assistant at and have been for the past two years. I took a few community college courses for drawing and painting which were helpful but the bulk of my learning has been from various online courses and books.

grapefruit 01
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Did you have any long periods without creative expression? How did you get back on the horse?

Most of my life has been spent living without creative expression. I've always been interested in the arts through filmmaking, music, novels, etc but never actually created anything myself. I had a brief sojourn into learning guitar in my twenties but despite practicing it daily for a few years I never really developed a knack for the fundamentals so I ended up shelving it. I guess in some sense I was feeling burnt out from a life of only consumption which sparked my interest in drawing. It's funny I don't even really consider myself a creative person now but rather a translator more than anything else.

Which mediums and genres do you gravitate toward? Which ones don’t appeal?

I am pretty exclusively an oil painter at this point. I still practice drawing regularly with graphite and ink but never any "finished pieces". I've tried watercolor, gouache, and pastel but I had a really hard time adapting to those mediums. Oils make sense to me and I really like to be able to use heavy impasto and texture that isn't really present in those other mediums. In terms of what I paint, the subject almost doesn't matter to me. My work is heavily informed by realism and impressionism but I try to push abstraction into the work as much as possible. I primarily tackle still life and landscape right now but plan to start doing figurative work and portraits eventually. It's really a matter of getting my drawing ability up to a level where I can execute those more complex subject matters at a satisfactory level.

tools 01
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What was the process like of pinpointing your personal style or finding your voice? 

I don't really think I have a personal style or a voice at this point. Almost every painting is still an experiment for me. I still consider myself a beginner and don't really worry about trying to find a style as it's sort of baked into everything you make anyways.

Name an artist (or artists), well-known or not, who you admire. Why? 

It's funny my knowledge of painting is very new and I really couldn't have even named any painters besides maybe Rembrandt and Van Gogh three years ago. It's really been a whirlwind of information trying to learn about all of this art history and contemporary painters the past few years. I would say I like the same three masters painters that everyone does who paints realism. Sargent, Zorn, and Sorolla although I definitely gravitate more towards Sorolla as his outdoor paintings are a huge inspiration and I love how much he drenches his paintings in purple. I also really love Isaac Levitan and the sensitivity in which he depicts the everyday landscape that was around him. My favorite living painter is Fred Cuming. His ability to capture the mood and atmosphere of the scenes he paints is incredible. The way he exaggerates colors and pushes abstraction while still making his subjects ring incredibly true and evoke a mood is something I hope to achieve with my work. The last artist I want to mention is my cousin Lee who died a few years ago. He was a talented writer and filmmaker and always the most creative and inspirational person I knew growing up. He really turned me onto a lot of art that I ended up liking. I really wish he could have seen my paintings.

bridgeview golden hour 01
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If you could offer one piece of advice to your younger, creative self — what would that be?

This is a tough one because in a sense I didn't have a younger creative self. While I was interested in the arts and I did want to create, I didn't have the type of mindset that would allow that creation to happen. I guess I would tell him that it's okay to produce a lot of bad work and not only is it okay but it's absolutely necessary in order to ever be able to make something good. 
 
Do you utilize any habits or tricks for winning the distraction and procrastination battle? 

This is a battle I've largely lost most of my life. There really is no "trick" I've found that works but instead it's about developing enough self discipline to force yourself to do the work even when you don't want to do it. I have found that some of the best paintings I've done were executed when I really wasn't in the mood to paint but forced myself to do it anyway. In a lot of ways I find that my mental mood going into a painting is largely irrelevant as painting is such a complex process that requires most of your faculties that what you are feeling mentally sort of vanishes as your brain enters a problem solving mode trying to work out a painting.
 
Waiting
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In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you push forward?

Self doubt is a huge struggle for me and has been my entire life. I suffer from severe depression and have since I was a teenager. In some ways painting is a godsend for me as it's a distraction that takes my mind off negative thought patterns but that said I still wouldn't say it's particularly enjoyable because it's such a mentally draining activity.

What are some of your long and short term goals for yourself or your art?

My long term goal is to be able to support myself with painting full time. I'm currently working other jobs while painting in my spare time and would really like to be able to dedicate all my time towards perfecting this craft. In the short term I would really just like to start selling on a regular basis. Currently almost all of my sales have been to personal friends and that has been very sporadic.

grapes 01
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What does success mean to you personally? 

I'm not really sure what that means to me honestly. I can say that I've never felt successful with anything in my life up to this point. Painting is probably the first thing I've done that has even given me a glimpse towards something better. But that said I wouldn't consider myself a successful painter at this point.
 
What is one of your proudest moments in your creative life?

This is another tough one for me as I can't say I really have any. I've never entered my art into any competitions or even sold anything to someone who didn't somewhat know me already. The one thing that comes back to me is that in the Beginning Painting course I took at a community college there was a final project painting that was the fourth oil painting I ever made which a lot of my classmates really liked and some even ended up taking pictures of it. That was the first time I ever felt like maybe I was onto something with painting.

some pairs 23
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Thanks, Robert!

© 2022 Maddie Marine

Thursday, April 28, 2022

DPW Spotlight Interview: Bunny Griffeth

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


From Bunny's DPW Gallery Page: 

Although I have always painted all my life, when I retired from nursing I started the discipline of painting every day. Soon I was invited to illustrate a children's book, which led to other books, one of which I authored and illustrated. I love painting a lot of different beautiful things - birds, animal portraits, flowers, landscapes and ocean scenes including turtles and underwater sea life. 

Peach Tulip
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Enter to win by clicking on the link at the top of the DPW home page announcing interview


What did I want to be when I grew up? 

I think I always wanted to be an artist. I always looked for creative things to do. We had a children’s encyclopedia with books ‘Things to make and Things to Do’ and I would go through those for hours. I remember falling in love with different colors in the crayon box. I was always drawing. In elementary school I was the ‘go to’ person in our half hour art class on Fridays to draw on their paper whatever we were drawing.

When did your artistic journey begin?
 
When I was a teenager looking for a job I made a portfolio of my work and went on an interview for a position as an artist. The man was very kind and I think amused at my boldness (and lack of expertise and training). He let me down easily and I knew I would need to have classes, but that wasn’t possible. So I had to get a job doing office work, but continued in my spare time to draw and paint. 

Pink Lily
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Did you have any long periods without creative expression? How did you get back on the horse?

Yes, I was away from painting when I was married and my children were born. As they started to get a little bit older I could sometimes paint but I was using oils at the time and it was hard and messy. When I worked as a nurse I didn’t have a lot of spare time, with four children and a full time job, plus overtime. I did take some classes at RI School of Design in the evenings which were great.

I decided to take a small watercolor class at an artist’s studio one night a week after work. That at least ensured I would be painting one night a week! She made once a year trips to Block Island for 2 weeks which I started doing every year. When I retired is when I began doing artwork full time. 

Which mediums and genres do you gravitate toward? Which ones don’t appeal? 

With any medium it’s a question of getting familiar with how it works and working with it. I gravitated to watercolors for ease of clean up but have really come to love working in them. I took portrait classes with pastels which I absolutely love also. I tried a lot of different mediums and the only one I really don’t like is oil pastels. 

GREAT EGRET
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What was the process like of pinpointing your personal style or finding your voice?  

I think that comes with just the process of painting. You start to realize that certain things appeal to you and it affects your painting. 

Name an artist (or artists), well-known or not, who you admire. Why?   

There’s so many great artists. I remember as a child looking at a Rembrandt painting at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the hand and just being in awe of how it was painted. The detail was amazing. John Singer Sargent is one of my most favorite painters. I love how he paints the lights and his brush strokes are just gorgeous.

LEMONS IN BRIGHT SUN
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If you could offer one piece of advice to your younger, creative self — what would that be? 

 I would say to look for and take all the artist classes that you can. 

Do you utilize any habits or tricks for winning the distraction and procrastination battle?  

One of the things that helped me the most is to have a special place for painting with whatever you need to make you feel comfortable that’s all ready to go. Setting up is tedious. 

Shih tzu Dog 
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In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you push forward? 

If you love doing something you will push forward! Having a goal helps. When I retired I had a goal to make a blog for selling my artwork. I spent a lot of time researching everything that had to do with blogging. After a year I was contacted to do the children’s illustrations in a book already approved for publication. I think our first reaction to something we’ve never done before is to doubt. If you believe in yourself and take a step forward, God meets you the rest of the way. 

What are some of your long and short term goals for yourself or your art? 

I love to paint and it’s meditative and enjoyable. Just to be able to keep doing what I’m doing!

Basking in the Sun
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What does success mean to you personally? 

I think having people that love my work gives me incentive, and seeing how it makes them happy. I’ve heard a lot of interesting stories about paintings I did that just touched them. One was a starling bird that I loved for the reflections on his wings in the sunlight, and the woman who bought it told me a whole story of how she rescued her starling bird and it didn’t want to leave when it was ready. It sits on her shoulder and it talks, she said.  

 What is one of your proudest moments in your creative life? 

My first book that I illustrated was doing ‘The WaterFire Duck’ with the author Kiki Latimer. Working with artist Barnaby Evans who originated the WaterFire installation was an honor. The book’s initial debut was at WaterFire in Providence. I had been on Block Island with the art group and I got home with the newspaper calling me for an interview, and a message from the news station who wanted to do an interview with the author and I. It was very exciting. 

WaterFire is an art installation that spans the whole Providence River and thousands throng there in the summer months. They play beautiful music through speakers along the river and there are fires burning all along -- so you have all of your senses involved. They have boats with volunteers who replace the wood throughout the night, and gondola rides and boat rides. There’s all kinds of other activities going on in the city surrounding the river, depending on what the theme is of the night. 

Kiki and I were honored to light the fires that night, with these giant torches in a procession through the crowds gathered there. It began with a huge gong, and then one by one the braziers were lit in a ceremonial fashion as the eerie but beautiful music played. 
 
Here’s a 4 minute video you might enjoy: https://youtu.be/veCJonVElq0 

SHORELINE SUNSET
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Thanks, Bunny!

© 2022 Maddie Marine

Thursday, April 14, 2022

DPW Spotlight Interview: Daphne Boder

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

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Fresh. Light. Creation. Warmth. Peaceful. Joyful. Contrast. Surprise.

These are words that describe what I want my paintings to convey. There are beautiful places and spaces that go unnoticed and overlooked.  Painting opens my eyes to see what might not be noticed as I walk along a path. But when a piece of landscape is captured on paper with soft pastels I elevate the overlooked and unnoticed to a memorable and special status.


Yellow Bush
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Enter to win by clicking on the link at the top of the DPW home page announcing interview

What did you want to be growing up? 

I always did want to be an artist. When I was in elementary school my best friend enjoyed writing so we decided I would illustrate her stories. In high school I was the school newspaper artist and took private lessons. But for some reason I decided to major in political science. Big mistake. So in my junior year I changed my major to art and then after that year I went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. 
 
When did your artistic journey begin? 

After finishing school I worked for printers in production art design and layout and began working seriously in watercolors. 

Bright Path
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Did you have any long periods without creative expression? How did you get back on the horse?

While I was raising children I put the paints away. And then when everyone went away to school I began tiptoeing back into various artistic mediums. I began an art journal and that led to monoprinting. Finally my son, who was working in an art gallery at the time, showed me some paintings and said they were soft pastels. I immediately went and purchased some inexpensive ones and some paper and I have never looked back. That was about 5 years ago.

Which mediums and genres do you gravitate toward? Which ones don’t appeal?

I love soft pastels. I love not having to mix color. The color is immediately available. I also enjoy watercolors and I have been experimenting with oil and cold wax. I am a committed landscape painter and I have done some still life. I am not interested yet in portraits. 

Distant Storm
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What was the process like of pinpointing your personal style or finding your voice? 

I think there is nothing like painting daily, or at least 5 out of 7 days. I read Carol Marine’s book, Daily Painting, which made so much sense to me. Oddly enough, the pandemic has been part of that process. There wasn’t much else to do! I thank God for that time. I also think that taking workshops from artists I admire has made a huge impact. Learning from master pastelists has given me the tools to explore and given me the freedom to ask the questions, “What if I tried this?” 
 
Name an artist (or artists), well-known or not, who you admire. Why? 

I admire Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth. These two come to my mind first. There are many contemporary artists whose work I love as well: David Lidbetter, Russell Chatham, Tony Allain, Marla Baggetta, Lyn Asselta, Teresa Saia, Alain Picard…there are so many! How much space do I have? 
 
Beginnings of Fall
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If you could offer one piece of advice to your younger, creative self — what would that be? 

Don’t be afraid! 
 
Do you utilize any habits or tricks for winning the distraction and procrastination battle? 

For some reason, I feel like all the busy-ness of a day needs to be dealt with before I can get started. I can’t have anything hanging around in my head that I need to do before I paint. Clear the deck, so to speak, so there can be no distraction, nothing else calling my name. 

Winter Bones
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In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you push forward?

I remind myself that this is not something unique to me. Every artist must confront those thoughts. So if they can continue, so can I. So in those times of self doubt I will work on something more familiar rather than try something brand new. That way I am protecting myself from further discouragement. 

What are some of your long and short term goals for yourself or your art?

I want to become a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America. That’s a long term goal. In the short term, I work towards submitting art for local and national juried exhibitions. I think those two goals keep me striving for the best I can do. And personally, I want to continue to produce work that reflects the beauty all around us. 

Pond Sparkles
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What does success mean to you personally? 

When someone buys a painting and tells me they can imagine themselves in that place or that the landscape calls them out to explore for themselves, that means so much to me. One buyer told me when she opened the package the painting brought tears to her eyes. That’s success. 
 
What is one of your proudest moments in your creative life?

Being invited to be A Spotlight Artist is pretty special. I have received a couple of Awards of Excellence. Those were proud moments, also. I think when folks purchase a painting, that might be the best success of all. 

Spring!
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Thanks, Daphne!

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