I’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.
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 …
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*
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!
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).
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)
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* …
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:
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.
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 …
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!