In this edition of our artist interview series we’re getting to know the lovely Chrissy Foreman Cranitch. Make sure you check out her upcoming Expressive Painting E-Course. Sign up before 30th April for a special price!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
Hello, I’m Chrissy and I’m an Expressive Artist, Teacher, Intuitive Bohemian and Mumma.
I create colourful, mixed media Artworks inspired by my Feelings, Intuitions and Spirit. I use vibrant paints, inks and a range of collage techniques to express these musings.
How/when did you get interested in art?
Creativity has been a lifelong practice for me. I wanted to study Art after high school but my parents convinced me to get a real job, so I studied teaching instead (which I’m now so glad I did!).
Years later in the early 2000’s, I moved to Melbourne to study Art, however, it wasn’t until I began studying Art Therapy almost ten years later, that I found the missing link I had been searching for.
Learning to focus on the richness of my process helped me step into a beautiful new place of expressive creativity – Somewhere where I could voice my deepest, inner truth, instead of what I thought others might approve of in my paintings. Ever since, I have experience such a beautiful healing and intuitive journey through my work.
Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?
In grade two, I used to write and illustrate my own storybooks and put them in the classroom library, for the other kids in the class to read. My favourite creation was a story about travelling in a time machine, back to the time of the dinosaurs. My sense of adventure and discovery has never grown old!
What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?
This is such a hard one, but I think it would have to be ‘Giftenne’, a piece featuring beautiful expressions of our family holiday away in Caloundra. Throughout the trip I would take photos of the sunrises and views from our unit overlooking the sea, as well as the trees and moments with my family. All of these made their way stylistically into my work.
Do you have a favourite artist?
Gah – So many! However these days, I’m connecting most with Artists who have incredible personal values, as well as how their Art makes me feel. For this reason, I adore Flora Bowley and Alena Hennessey for their Spirited, Colourful, Intuitive and Generous approach to sharing themselves through their Art.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
A great excuse to play with paint, well past my childhood years!
Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?
Yes! I love SBS Chill on my digital radio and basically anything that takes me to a restful or inspiring place. I also love the compilation album called ‘Tribal Groove’ (available on itunes) which I often play when I teach, as well as Ben Lee’s album called, ‘Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work’; for times when I really want to go within and connect deeply with myself while I create.
What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work? (e.g. faces, quotes, birds, etc)
COLOUR! As well as leaves, feathers, flowers and more recently, collaged animals.
What are you doing when you’re not creating?
Being a Mumma and Wife, drinking Chai, doing Yoga, Walking in Nature or riding my ‘grown-ups’ scooter … Preferably things that are good for either my body, mind or Spirit.
Also, I work part-time as a Kindy Teacher because kids, to me, are such rich, free and creative beings to engage with – Someone us ‘grown-ups’ can learn lots from!
What are your favourite products to use?
Golden and Atelier paints, Inks, NeoColor II Water soluble Crayons, Gel medium and recycling old, National Geographic magazines.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?
Allow yourself the rich and rewarding experience of painting what ‘Feels good’, rather than just what looks good. This will add a whole new layer of depth, authenticity and joy to your work.
Where we can view your work? (e.g. website, blog, Facebook, etc)
Website and Blog: www.chrissyforemanc.com.au
Subscribe to my Expressive Art Letters: www.chrissyforemanc.com.au/subscribe
Do you have any upcoming online classes where we can enjoy learning from you?
Yes! I have just launched a brand new Self-paced ‘Expressive Painting E-Course’, which also includes my Expressive Painting Workbook as part of the course content. Best of all, it’s currently available on sale for just $99 until 30th April 2015.
I also offer a couple of inspiring free E-books to my newsletter Expressive Art Letter subscribers. All the details are on my website.
Thanks so much Chrissy!