What does mixed-media mean to you?
For me, “mixed media” means creating without limitation on the what or the how. Complete creative freedom of expression through whichever means I choose.
How long have you been a mixed-media artist?
I’ve been painting and drawing since I was a small child but my art somehow got parked when studies and then my career took over. I began creating again in 2006 but only really began experimenting with mixed media in summer 2010.
How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
I became sick with ME [CFS] and Fibromyalgia in Spring 1997 and when I finally had to quit my career in Autumn 2006, my creativity began to fill the void. It provided an escape from the drudgery of long, empty days dealing with chronic pain. Making jewellery and then art was a positive outlet for me to do something constructive with a minimum of physical effort and have something worthwhile to show for it.
What are a few of the mixed-media supplies that you find yourself using the most?
White gesso – I love the creamy chalkiness. Acrylic paints – I reach for them before anything else and I like fluid or soft body acrylics. My super dark and butter-soft 9XXB pencil, charcoal pencils, and Stabilo marks-all pencils in any colour.
Who are some of your favorite mixed-media artists?
Misty Mawn – I could watch her painting for hours and never get bored! Her portraits are full of character and depth.
Gritty Jane/Jane Spakowsky – I love her compositions and the edginess in her portraits and characters.
Mystele Kirkeeng – I adore the unabashed quirkiness of her characters, the freedom, fun, colour, and authentic expression in her compositions.
Tell us about your creative process.
I don’t really have a set pattern or process that I’m aware of; I think it changes depending on my energy levels and state of mind, and I try to vary it as much as possible so I don’t get bored or in a rut. Often I paint in complete, peaceful silence; other times I need music – which can be loud and dramatic, bouncy and funky, or gentle and soothing! I paint with my hands; I love to vary my brushes; and I use palette knives when I remember. I work a lot from my Dad’s flower and bird photos as references; and just as often, I paint intuitively – I just lay down colours I’m drawn to and see what emerges from the paint.
What inspires you?
Flora and fauna around me – I love painting birds and flowers. The drama of The Natural World – my eye is always caught my unusual colour combinations, textures, and shapes. A striking face full of character, or a face with “life” written all over it.
Where can we find you?
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JHOneLittleHouse
One Little House Online Art Community: http://onelittlehouse.ning.com