I’ve been invited by fellow artist Sheila Delgado to take part in a “Blog Hop”. This is a way for artists to find other artists with blogs that they may never have seen. I will introduce you to Sheila, answer four specific questions about my work, and then share the work of two artists whose work I admire. I also follow their blogs.
I started following Sheila’s blog while working on Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. Sheila works with watercolors and lots of mediums and techniques that I have never heard of before. She is daring and loves to use brilliant colors. She designs patterns for material, like the beautiful design she has on the background of her website. I have never met Sheila in person, but I don’t think I would be out of line in saying that she is a very kind and thoughtful person, thinking of others before herself, and motivating and encouraging other artists in their work. It has been a pleasure to follow her and to get to know her, and I’m excited to see what she does in the future.
Sheila studied graphic art and computer graphics at Platt College in San Diego CA. After a two decade detour into retail management and corporate compliance, she is now pursuing her career in art full time. A self taught artist, Sheila studies the work and techniques of artists who work in watercolor, mixed media, acrylics and other mediums. Eager to make up for lost time, she devours books and videos.
Four Answers From Karin
MY CHOSEN ARTISTS
Pam and I spent a lot of time emailing each other during the last two 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Both of us were very new to the art world and we consulted with each other, bounced ideas and prices off each other, and even “vented” a little to each other about our frustrations. Without having met her in person, I just love her and I love, love, love her happy, whimsical art. I have purchased several pieces from her for gifts and each person has been delighted with her art and the quality of her materials. She has a large variety of gifts for every occasion. I hope you will visit her blog and her etsy shop.
Hi! My name is Pam Schoessow, and I am a self-taught artist from Antioch, IL, USA. For several years I have been a professional quilter. I think it has taught me a lot about color and design. I “draw” with my quilting machine, but first I draw out the designs on paper. Not long ago, I decided to try drawing and painting my designs. So the Quilter turned Artist was born! Most of my work is whimsical and happy. I want to bring a smile to your face when you look at my art. I use watercolor and am still learning how it works. I have only been painting about a year and a half, but already I feel like I have grown as an artist. I opened an Etsy shop about a year ago to sell my little paintings. I also have a blog and a website where you can see a lot of the quilts I have finished. Besides quilting, I find my inspiration everywhere. I love the change of seasons and like to depict that in my art. I think the world is glorious, and artists can only add to that. Outside of my art, I am a musician. I sing, direct choirs and play woodwinds. I am a former music teacher and band director. I take great joy in all of the arts.
Whenever I post the thumbnail picture of my painting on Leslie’s blog for all the 30 day painters, I always look at all the art work that has been posted for the day. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to go to each artist’s blog, so I choose the ones that catch my eye the most. During this September challenge I would find myself enjoying the watercolors of Janet Ames. I am amazed at how beautifully she paints, and it reached the point that every time I saw her painting for the day I would just smile. She definitely brightened up my days. She is new to the challenge. I posted the link to her blog at the bottom of her bio. Take a look… I think you will agree with me. She is a very talented artist!
My ‘day job’ is in IT at a university. I work on my art whenever I can squeeze it in while dreaming of going fulltime artist someday. While I started in fiber art, I am currently fixated on pen and ink and watercolor. Slowly coming out of the shadows, I had a solo show here on campus winter of 2013 and had a pen and ink drawing published in a May 2014 issue of The New Yorker. I took a leap (for me) and joined the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge for September 2014. It has been tough and fun and I have been enjoying seeing all of the other artist’s work. While creating art feeds the soul, interacting with other artists is becoming more and more important to me. They ‘get it’ and I love all of the variety of media and styles.
At the Hop
How we blog hopped … where possible, the first name links to the blog hop blog of that artist and the others are linked to the artist’s daily blogs. Hop around and see who you would like to follow.
Sheila Delgado introducing Yevgenia Watts and Karin Naylor
Sea Dean, Marion Hedger and Sheila Delgado
Nan Johnson introducing Sea Dean
Nancy Goldman introducing Nan Johnson, Leslie Redhead and Belinda del Pesco
Deborah Younglao introducing Nancy Goldman and Roxanne Lessa
Robin Samiljan introducing Deborah Younglao, Barbara Parker and Kathleen Krucoff
Alicia Forestal Boehm introducing Robin Samiljan, Ahavani Mullen and Maike van Wijk
Bridgette Gurzon Mills introducing Alicia Forestal Boehm, Angie McMonigal and Kari Hall
Supria Karmaka introducing Brigette Gurzon Mills and Leslie Sobel
Veronika Funk introducing Supria Karmaka, Jill Zaheer and Belinda Firman
Galia Alena introducing Veronika Funk, Laly Mille, Kate Thompson and Becky Cavender