Artist Interviews

Artist Interview: Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

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 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chrissyforemanc

Instagram: www.instagram.com/chrissyforemanc

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.

www.chrissyforemanc.com.au/courses-and-classes/


Thanks so much Chrissy!

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Artist Interviews

Artist Interview: Denise Daffara

DeniseHi everyone!

Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to a lovely friend of mine, Denise Daffara. Denise is a regular teacher out here at the Lulu Art studio and also teaches interstate and overseas. Now even more people can enjoy Denise’s wonderful lessons as she has just launched a terrific online course as well.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I’d say I’m an introvert who has an outgoing streak (Leo moon for those astrologically gifted) … so that enables me to be able to teach workshops.. and then I go home and hide out in my studio again. Just this month (Feb 2015) I launched my very first Ecourse, which took me ever so much courage and overcoming of self doubts and tech mountains traverse. But OH the JOY of having a circle of women gather to create and use the materials I have prepared for them.

How/when did you get interested in art?

I’d began painting in 1999 … after an 18 month period of grief and loss… a friend offered to teach me how to paint, my youngest daughter was in kindy so I said, yes please…. and went to lessons one day a week on a pretty regular basis for 4 years.

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?

A Modigliani inspired Nude.

What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?

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This one from 2014 – I’m so smitten with it I made a little youtube video to ‘introduce’ myself to folks who were curious about me and my ecourse.   http://youtu.be/GS1GdF0GP-4

Do you have a favourite artist?

Chagall … then Klimt … Matisse and Modigliani come to mind immediately.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

When you have a connection with the creatiive spirit while painting and bliss out, ceasing to know what time it is and not caring either. (I would like to increase the frequency of this).

Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?

I like kind of trance music, a bit of classical, some modern funky stuff Bonobo, Rising Appalachia, London Grammar, Gotye, Broods  .. but honestly.. most often I listen to podcasts of various wise teachers, spiritual teachers, interviews.. inspirational types etc.

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Women, teacups, chickens, daisy flowers.

What are you doing when you’re not creating? 

I don’t understand the question. lol. .. no.. I’m almost always creating.. but when I do switch off.. the beach walking.. or laying on a banana lounge is a very favorite thing.

Do you have a fun story to share involving your artwork?

I learned how to make a version of a smashbook in mid 2013, at a teacher training workshop in USA, in my book I wrote about wanting to share my love of tea and art combined, some 18 months later I launched an ecourse, called Creativitea Time and part of it is teaching how to make those same incredible smashbooks.

What are your favourite products to use?

Golden fluid acrylics, Neocolor II water soluable crayons, stabillo woody pencil, fun stencils.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

Self acceptance is vital to a flourishing creative life. Also.. that inner critic you have.. has a polar opposite .. she’s your Muse/Wise Self.. the more you can nurture a strong connection to her, the stronger, wiser, wilder, more bodacious and fabulous your life will become. I absolutely believe this and have experienced it first hand.

SoMuchLoveDDWhere we can view your work?

www.denisedaffara.com.au

www.creativiteatime.com (ecourse)

www.asipofmytea.com (sometimes I blog there)

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/DeniseDaffara.Artist

Instagram : https://instagram.com/denisedaffara/

Do you have any upcoming online classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

Join my ‘interested list’ at www.creativiteatime.com I’ll be able to keep in touch with you re: any new ecourses, and the next time creativitea time is open.

I teach visionary painting workshops for women, my current inspiration is Essence of Gypsy.. you can join me here at Lulu Art in March 2015 .. Melbourne May 2015 or Brisbane Sept 2015. I love to sip tea and create with you.


Thanks so much Denise for sharing your words with us xxx

Artist Interviews

Artist Interview: Andrea Gomoll

portrait_andreaI’m so pleased to publish our second post in our round of Artist Interviews.  This week we have interviewed the lovely Andrea Gomoll whose beautiful colourful creations can’t help but make you happy!  Do yourself a favour and sign up to one of Andrea’s online courses. You will be so pleased you did.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I’m Andrea Gomoll from Berlin / Germany. I live here with my Fiancé Thomas and 3 crazy cats. I’m a full time wedding photographer and mixed media artist. Some years ago I turned my passions for art and photography into a business and I’m loving every minute of it. I love the freedom it gives me to have my own business and I love the fact, that in both areas I can create something meaningful and bring my ideas to life, having lots of fun along the way and creating something others will cherish. 

How/when did you get interested in art?

As cliché as this may sound, but I loved being creative for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, my mom did a lot of crafting with me – and I always loved drawing – so I guess it already started back then. I studied Media Design for Digital & Printmedia after I finished school, so for some years I almost completely focused on being creative on the Computer, but I was missing working with my hands so much, so it was all natural that I started being artsy (away from the Computer) again. For years I was all into Scrapbooking & Stamping, making Cards & ATCs and Altered Books … and this again lead to Artjournaling, Mixed Media Art and Drawing / Painting and Mail-Art. Right now I feel all “at home” with what I do and create – but who knows where the road will lead me … 🙂 I also still enjoy Papercrafting from time to time, making some fun Tags, Artist Trading Cards or Minibooks …

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Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?

I can’t really remember the first things I drew/painted myself – probably in school during art lessons *lol* – but what I can remember is that when I was little I LOVED using tracing Paper and Pencil and I did spend hours and hours tracing my favourite Characters from Micky Mouse Magazine & Co. – I even made up my own cartoon strips from those *lol* … 

What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?

That’s hard to tell, because usually it’s my latest pieces of work which I like the most. Style changes over time and if I take a piece of art I created 1 year ago – which I maybe LOVED back then – it might be highly possible that today I go “What was I thinking?” *lol* …  I’m my own worst critic, but over the years I really learned to love the art I create no matter what – as long as I had fun making it – it’s perfect the way it is. There is no “perfect” in art and there’s always something you could do differently or better – but this – in my opinion – kind of takes the joy away from creating art 🙂 What was the Question again?!? *lol*

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Do you have a favourite artist?

I don’t really have a “favourite artist” – but there are many Artists out there that I really love. For example I adore the enchanting Art by Jasmine Becket-Griffith, I love the whimsical drawings by Brian Froud (esp. his “pressed fairies” series) … but there are also so many great Street Artists out there. When you take a walk in the City of Berlin you can find fun Street-Art almost everywhere – gracing the old walls and fences – making the city more colorful and fun – and some of them are so fabulous that I would take them right home with me and hang them on my wall if I could 🙂

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

That you’re completely free in what you do and how you do it. There are no rules in Art, there is no right and no wrong – I think that’s what I love most about being an artist. There is the freedom to play with all sorts of supplies & media and I just love the fact that everything you can imagine you can create in some way. And that Inspiration is everywhere. Let’s say I take a walk … I pass by an old picket fence – and suddenly I think “Hey – it would be so fun to paint on old pieces of wood from a picket fence!” … or I stroll the beach and pick up some shells & stones and my mind is already spinning with ideas on how I could alter those items, paint on them, add them to a Mixed Media Collage … that’s what I love about being an artist. Whatever comes to your mind – just do it! 

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Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?

Absolutely …. I can’t stand silence while I work. Most of the time I just listen to some random Playlists in iTunes or on YouTube with my current fave songs in them. My taste in music really varies – it always depends on my mood – I love to listen to irish folk / celtic music, I also enjoy Country music, german music, there is another Playlist with current chart songs I enjoy … so it really depends 🙂 

What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work? (e.g. faces, quotes, birds, etc)

Definitely faces. There’s something about faces that fascinates me and I just love to include them in my artwork. Mostly I create faces in a more or less whimsical style – drawing & painting in photorealism isn’t my thing – I prefer the freedom to play with different shapes of the head, with smaller or larger eyes, with the placement of the facial features to make my girls look different …! Maybe because I photograph people for a living – so my job is all about Faces too – but photographs – so maybe that’s why in my art I enjoy a more whimsical, free style more 🙂 And I am drawn to the shape of Circles – so you will find lots of Circles in my Pieces – in the Girls I paint – in the Backgrounds – I kinda just LOVE this circular motion with my Pen / Marker *lol* …

What are you doing when you’re not creating? 

My Fiancé and me, we love to travel and to learn about different countries, cultures & people. So whenever time (and budget) allows we love to travel. We also enjoy being outside – we enjoy Geocaching (some sort of “treasure-hunt” with GPS) so whenever we have some free time and I need some time away from the Computer editing photos or from the art-table we go hunting for tupperware-boxed in the woods 😉 

I also love writing (and receiving) creative letters, so I have some Snailmail-Penpals (yeah – like we all used to have back when we where younger *lol*) and I love to write letters (you know – REAL letters – not computer-typed – but written with a fountain pen or dip pen – sealed with a wax seal … there’s something about it that makes me really happy and it’s kind of meditative to sit down and write an “old fashioned” letter to someone … and nothing beats opening your mailbox and finding lovely happymail in there). 

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My favourite Sunday Activity is visiting Fleamarkets. I love to “hunt” for cool Vintage finds and fun Vintage Ephemera – always having in mind how I could use it in my Art or how to alter it in some way. (like this vintage Camera I altered)

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What are your favourite products to use?

I actually don’t have THAT favourite Product – I really enjoy working with many different kinds of supplies & medias and it’s always exciting to find new ways how to use & combine different products. If I would have to decide, I think I would go with Watercolors – I just love to work with Watercolors – love the way they react with the Paper you use them on and love all those little happy accidents that happen when you work with Watercolor and when you just let the colors & water “do their own thing”. The results are never 100% predictable when working with Watercolors – I think that’s what I love about them. My favourites are the Neocolor II Watersoluble Crayons and the Peerless Watercolors. I also enjoy working with Inks of any sort – I love bright Sprayinks (like the Dylusions Spray Inks) – and I just love Stencils.

And lately I’m really addicted to Gelliplate Printing … I can spend hours and hours trying different ways to layer & add texture, to mix & layer different colors etc. – it’s so much fun and by now I probably have enought prepared Prints / Backgrounds to create on them for the next 2 years *lol* …

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Another thing I love to incorporate into my Artwork (not really a product per se) are old things I find at Fleamarkets. I just love to stroll fleamarkets for vintage Paper Goods which I can use in my Artwork. May it be old Books I can use the Pages for my Collages, old Sheet Music, old Cabinet Photographs, old Stamps or Letters … I just love to use those “real” items in my Artwork. I know – for example there is Patterned Paper available with Printing of old Letters and old Photographs – but for me it has even more meaning to use real Ephemera from the Past in my Artwork. Imagine – the Letter you are including into a piece of art now might have been written 100 years ago … so much meaning in there and I just love the fact that – otherwhise maybe thrown away – those relicts from the past will live on in my Artwork 🙂 

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

Well – the most important Tip I always love to share is: ENJOY what you do. Enjoy the process when you create something – it’s YOUR time – so really be all in the now, be mindful and have fun. Even if the results sometimes don’t turn out the way you planned – as long as you enjoyed the process and had a good time it is 100% worth it!!!

Where we can view your work?

You can find me & follow my artsy adventures here:

Blog: http://www.andrea-gomoll.de
Instagram: http://instagram.com/cre8tivecre8tions
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/andreagomoll/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AndreaGomoll

You can also download my free App for your Mobile Device (for iPhone / iPad & Android) in your App Store. (search for “Creative Creations” in iTunes or the Google App Store) This way you will get all my latest Video-Tutorials, Blogposts, Art-Shares etc. right onto your Smartphone and you’ll never miss important News and my latest work 🙂 You can also share your Artwork with others via the App, there are occasional Challenges you can take part in etc.

Here’s the direct Link for the App: http://creativecreationsbyandrea.mobapp.at/

Do you have any upcoming online classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

You can still sign up for my “FACEcinating Girls” Online Classes (Volume 1 and Volume 2 – both come with free Sets of Clearstamps for creating Faces in Artjournaling & Mixed Media). They are selfpaced and you can jump in any time to learn to create cute, whimsical Faces in Artjournaling and Mixed Media.

Another current Class I have running is the “ArtJOURNEYling” Online-Class – in this Class we travel the world of Artjournaling, we create a whole Artjournal together and I teach you my favourite techniques & show you my favourite supplies.

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You can find all Info on my current Online-Classes here: http://andrea-gomoll.de/classes/

About upcoming Classes: Currently I’m working on two new Online Classes, which will go live later this year. One of them will be all about Mail Art & artsy Happymail and this class will come with a fun, exclusive Stamp-Set again … I’m super excited about this upcoming class and I’m sure you’ll love it – so stay tuned. (if you download my App you will automatically be notified about this new Class as soon as I start the Presale (which means a little discount for you *hint_hint* – or/and sign up for my Newsletter in the Sidebar of my Blog http://www.andrea-gomoll.de)

I can give you an exclusive little Sneak-Peek of the handdrawn Stamps included in this Mail-Art Online-Class … whohooo … 

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Thank you so much Andrea for sharing your thoughts and world with us!  I might see some of you in class as I’m currently doing the ArtJourneyling class with Andrea and loving it!

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Les Stencilables by Wendy Walsh

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It’s Winter, it’s cold and it’s PERFECT weather to stay indoors, get out your paints, stencils and brushes and CREATE! That’s what I do and today I am presenting a video of me doing just that! I found some gorgeous music, grabbed a cup of tea and zoned out doing my favourite thing….ART and playing with my MIXED MEDIA stash.

Please join me in the act of creating art that you ease into and love.

A few sneak peeks you say?   Well here are some pics:

  

Oh and here is the video:

Here are the materials used:

May it inspire your desire to create.

Love Wendy xx