This week our fabulous feature artist is Shelley McDonald and she has given us some inspiration and a favourite quote for us. Make sure you scroll down to read all about Shelley and her colourful artwork.
I love this quote and love to think that our CREATIVITY is so valuable.
Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:
Tell us what creativity means to you.
This weeks inspiration:
This is a piece of art created by Shelley which she has had made into a cushion cover. I hope it inspires you with it’s colour and fun.
Our feature artist – Shelley McDonald
So happy to introduce you to this weeks feature artist, the lovely Shelley McDonald – Creatologist.
Tell us a little bit about yourself …
Creative since birth and living in a perpetual state of mental escapism, Shelley started off working in Film and Commercial Advertising before running her own Ad Agency. It took a while, but she soon realised what she really wanted to do was make art, not write ad copy…. And after a collage workshop she discovered her inner glue stick – things really took off! Returning to study for a few years (visual and fine arts), Shelley established her own teaching studio – the creatology studio in Brisbane where she runs mixed media art classes, specialist workshops in creativity development and has her own line of quirky art cushions. She was also a founding member of the Creative Activists – who’s aim was to develop group exhibitions and events that were inclusive but also gave back to charities or causes in need. After hosting several international art tours, this year, Shelley is travelling to Mexico on a pilgrimage to the home of Frida Khalo – a long term muse, with the hope of taking future artists on a Mexican inspired art tour….
Shelley describes her art style as “Bricolage” (a fabulous French term which means ‘spontaneous creativity’ and a willingness to use and make do with whatever materials one happens to come across). Shelley is passionate about teaching creativity which she believes is a skill we all have and one that can be well and truly developed! Not one to stick with a solo medium, Shelley believes the creative process is the focus and not always the end product which has resulted in an eclectic base of works and skills.
What is your favourite quote?
All who are creative, in whatever way, are doing something very important to the well being of the world. ~ Sandra Chantry
I used this quote on my webpage once and Sandra actually sent me an email because she came across my webpage and read her own quote on it! She was so excited and we ended up corresponding for a while – she is a retired American nun but also a very dedicated artist…. I love this story – not only did her quote inspire me but the lady herself ended up being even more so!
What inspires you?
I am inspired by so many things but mostly creative and eccentric women of the past serve as my muses… Frida Khalo, Vali Myers, Emile Floge, Luisa Casati, Marie Antoinette – give me a girl with a story and let the creative processes flow….. I call these women my goddesses of creativity – I just tap into their collective creative energy and something magical happens …
Where can we find you?
Week 30 Prize Draw:
Shelley has donated this gorgeous Marie Antoinette “Drama Queen” cushion cover for our prize draw this week. What a great prize!
We will draw a random name on Friday 5th August from those who have uploaded into the Week 30 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.
Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!
Winner of Week 28 Draw:
Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 28 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Simon Robertson. Congratulations Simon! Here is the page that Simon created.
Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.
It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!
Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.
Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.
Have fun, be happy and support one another!