~*~ Mixed Media May ~*~ Ev Wesson/Blue Heron Art Studio ~*~

What does mixed media mean to you?
To me, it means using two or media in an artwork.

Wesson-Shenandoah Valley Christmas - (Strathmore 140lb cp - Pelikan Watercolors, ProWhite & Derwent Inktense Pencils) Resized

How long have you been a mixed media artist?
Actually, from the time I first “decorated” napkins for my mom’s social events — but, most recently, I would say since 2010. It was then that I was able to move to Lake Gaston, North Carolina, and open Blue Heron Art Studio. I have been an artist/art instructor for many years, but it was after I moved to this beautiful area that I entered a new creative phase.

Wesson -Goodnight, Stars (Illustration for Goodnight Moon project - SCBWI-Carolinas) Acrylics, Pro White, Metallic paint and Calligraphy pen) Resized

How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
Art has been very life-sustaining for me and a source of refuge and healing. It has greatly enriched my life, and, hopefully, the lives of others who view my work. I enjoy sharing what I have learned about the creative process with others as well.

Wesson - Nostalgia piece (My Mother) - (Acrylics, collage with ephemera, ProWhite & calligraphy pen) Resized

What are the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
The media I seem to use the most (besides acrylics and watercolors) are: Inktense pencils, Faber-Castell watercolor pencils, metallic pants, Pro white, as well as scrapbooking papers (for texture and pattern.) Sometimes, I like to add drama with stenciled and stamped shapes.

Morning Song -v2

Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
Some of my favorite artists are illustrators of children’s books. The first one to come to mind is Eric Carle.

There are many I have discovered on various websites. A few of my favorites are:  Sharon Marston, Megan Duncanson, and Christina Collwell.

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Tell us about your creative process.
My process is to begin with a sketch of some of my favorite subject matter — something from nature or an illustration of kids interacting in their world. Then, I usually add color with Pelikan watercolors, acrylics and/or watercolor pencils. After that, I enjoy adding layers of one or more of the media mentioned above, depending on the piece.

It's Not Easy Being Green

What makes your mixed media art unique?
I would say that the thing that makes my artwork unique is that the images are very personal. I am surrounded by beautiful waterfowl, here at the lake, as well as wildflowers native to North Carolina, so many of my pieces will show that. Some are memory paintings from my childhood. Even if it is an abstract piece, it has personal meaning to me. I believe that we are all unique and have something to share. My art is a way of saying, “I was here!”

Where can we find you?
I have a Facebook business page: . Some of my work may also be found at SCBWI,  the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators.

Ev Wesson (Headshot) resized larger in PSE_edited-1(5-8-14) As a nature artist/illustrator I am “wild” about art — especially any art having to do with kids and animals and their interaction with the exciting world around them. The subject matter in my work is inspired by the children in my life, as well as the natural world around me.There are so many fascinating kinds of media being produced now that it’s difficult for me to choose just one. That’s why I’m so drawn to Mixed Media. My current way of working is to choose the media that best expresses what I’m trying to say at the moment.Though I have worked with many of them, lately I’ve come to love watercolor and its wonderful translucent qualities and unexpected surprises. So, I usually begin with watercolor, and add any number of layers and media until I feel that my objectives have been accomplished.In the end, it’s all about expressing the beauty and wonder we experience as part of this mysterious and magical gift of life!

-Ev Wesson
Henrico, North Carolina

BFA The George Washington University/
Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C.

 Ev is offering one of her Decorative Wall Art Tiles in our giveaway! Ev’s original nature art designs, along with various patterned texture backgrounds, have been adhered to while ceramic tiles.  Cork backing has been added to the back, as well as coordinating ribbon, attached to a D-ring, to allow for hanging.  These decorative tiles may also be rested against an easel as mini works of art for display on a table or shelf.The designs include herbs, as well as butterflies and wildflowers native to North Carolina.  Many of these images are taken from Ev’s art journals, created while visiting her retired schoolteacher friend.  This lady (known as Ms Gladys) grew her own herbs and transplanted flowers from the woods into her yard. Nature Art Tiles - Ev Wesson Prize

6 Responses to ~*~ Mixed Media May ~*~ Ev Wesson/Blue Heron Art Studio ~*~

  1. Lynn Kopas says:

    Thanks for sharing your art and your interview! I enjoyed learning about your process!

  2. Jeanette says:

    I have had the pleasure to have been a friend of Evelyn all our adult lives. Her art has changed over time and she is a very special person. I love you EV.

  3. Penny Keathley says:

    Ev – I enjoyed reading this page about you and your art! It is beautiful, interesting – and I just like the “mixed media” aspect. So great to see you are doing well – your daughter and granddaughter are beautiful as well and look just like you! 🙂

  4. Sue Williams says:

    Great interview Ev and I love all the mixed media pieces that you show here and on your own site. So glad to be learning from you and enjoying spending time with you. Terrific!!!

  5. Charlotte says:

    So interesting to see how art effects people so differently.

  6. Ev Wesson says:

    Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments. It was such fun and a privilege to be included in this inspiring blog! I believe that it is within each of us to be creative, and it is a delight to see such variety in these entries. I invite you to visit my Facebook business page from time-to-time. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration there as well!

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