~*~ Mixed Media May ~*~ Ellen Brenneman (from Ellen Brenneman Studio) ~*~

What does mixed media mean to you?
Mixed media to me, is one of the most forgiving, fun and creative ways to express oneself. It allows me to think outside the box and challenges me to find interesting and unique ways to improve my skills as an artist.

TheProtector640How long have you been a mixed media artist?

I’ve used mixed media for well over 20 years.


How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
A few years ago I went 9 months without creating a single piece of work. When I did come back to it I realized then that art wasn’t just a hobby for me – it defined me as a person. Without it I feel lost for words when asked to describe myself. Being an artist, to me, is a very intimate, personal, almost spiritual, creative force that I feel honored to have the ability to explore.


What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
When I begin a new piece I always have the following items within reach: a waterproof ink pen, tubes of watercolor paint, pastel pencils and my box of ephemera which houses everything from tiny beads to fabric scraps.


Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
I absolutely adore the work of Jamie Homeister. She paints wildlife on feathers and is also an excellent pastel artist.  Aside from being highly skilled at her craft she has the ability to capture the essence of the animal she is painting.  Incredibly talented.

I’m also a huge fan of Elly MacKay. She creates the most magical, serene, picturesque scenes imaginable through the use of what she calls Paper Theater.  I could view her images for hours on end and am in awe of her work.


Tell us about your creative process.
I tend to work best when I’m doing a series.  For example, right now I’m working on a series of paintings featuring Mother Earth.  Once I have my subject in place the ideas come very quickly.  I always have an image of the final piece in my mind before I begin laying pencil to paper, however once I start the actual painting it usually takes on a mind of its own.  I find myself working through the process as though I am putting together a puzzle, piece by piece.  Sometimes everything comes together quickly and perfectly; other times I need to take a step back and walk away for a bit as if awaiting for the whisper of my muse to tell me how to proceed.  When a work is pronounced ‘complete’, sometimes even  I am surprised at the outcome.


What makes your mixed-media art unique?
There is a lot of symbolism within the work I create.  Many of my pieces are heavily influenced by my Native American Ancestry.  The things I value and appreciate most about the culture is that everything is sacred and holds a purpose in this life.  Landscape, animals and environmental elements are held in the highest regard and these subjects appear in some form or another in nearly every piece I create.


Where can we find you?
My personal blog: http://ellenbrennemanstudio.blogspot.com/

Images of works in progress can be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/EllenBrennemanStudio

Images of past and present work, and news regarding upcoming shows can be found on my personal website at:  http://ellenbrennemanstudio.com/

Prints and other works for purchase can be found via my Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EllenBrennemanStudio

ellenstudio640 My desire to create has always been a driving force in my life. I studied graphic design for four years at Ball State University. To me, Vincent Van Gogh and Gustav Klimt were the masters and are still my favorite painters today. My first freelance job was creating a coloring/workbook for a youth advocacy program that helped children deal with the trauma of testifying in court. I have also worked as a muralist, painting six murals for an historic Indiana landmark and most recently, has had work on display in New York City at the 2013 exhibit, Story of the Creative. I live in Northern Indiana with my husband and two golden retrievers and have been working full-time as a professional artist since 2012.
Ellen is donating three handcrafted photo print note cards featuring part of her small bird watercolor series.  birdcard1

16 Responses to ~*~ Mixed Media May ~*~ Ellen Brenneman (from Ellen Brenneman Studio) ~*~

  1. Absolutely beautiful work, and I liked your FB page and really enjoyed seeing the evolutionary steps too.

  2. Chantella says:

    Ellen you are one inspiring goddess artist! You can see the love you put into each piece glowing from within! I love watching your stunning works come to life and am always excited when i see a new piece by you, <3 <3 <3

  3. Judy Ludovise says:

    I am so excitedly inspired, I am going to go directly to my art table. Thank you!

  4. Super stunning work Ellen!

  5. Lynn Kopas says:

    Beautiful works of art! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your process.

  6. tree peters says:

    I never understood or appreciated Multi Media art until I started seeing yours. Now I am in love with it. Yours mostly, but I’m also much more inclined to appreciate others as well.

  7. gloria says:

    All I can say is BEAUTIFUL. Thanks so much for sharing your work

  8. Stunningly beautiful work! Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Deb B says:

    Ellen, I love your work. Mother Earth Spring Rain captivated me the first time I saw it. Great interview, thank you for sharing.

  10. Charlotte says:

    Your work is beautiful!

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