~*~ Mixed Media May ~*~ Lorraine Bell ~*~

What does mixed media mean to you?
Mixed Media, as with all art forms, is a way to express myself.  Even when I don’t think I have anything to say–I begin to paint and the canvas tells the story.  It is a way to work things out in my heart and in my mind.  It is a healing, soothing, and therapeutic process.  When I am creating, the world around me disappears and I am immersed in my art. I wish I could say that I sit down and plan out my work, however that isn’t how it works for me.  The need to create pops up at any given moment and then I have a NEED to sit and let the creativity flow. I am usually quite surprised at the outcome!


How long have you been a mixed media artist?
I have been creating mixed media art for more than 30 years–long before it even really had a name or was the trend.  I was a big fan of collage in the 70’s and once I discovered the concept of mixing different elements, I grew as an artist!  I didn’t even know back then that it was called “art.”


How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
Creating art has always been on the back burner for me as I followed a more traditional way to make a living.  I had a job that paid the bills, but I was making something or painting in every free moment. It wasn’t until my first child started college that I was able to devote more time to my craft and now I find it consumes me and has become my profession instead of my hobby.  It is as if the floodgates opened!  I can’t imagine my life without spending hours each day in my studio and when I can’t be home, I always have a sketchbook and watercolors in my bag!


What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
I could answer this question differently any given day.  I am always trying new product and experimenting with ways to combine different mediums.  At the moment, I am enjoying colored pencils, odorless mineral spirits and oil sticks.  I love the building up of layers and textures.


Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
The four artists who make up the rest of the creative collaborative of Art to the 5th. I am so fortunate to be a part of this amazing group!


Tell us about your creative process.
I am always working on several pieces at once, sometimes as many as six pieces are in progress in my studio!  I am impatient and don’t like to wait for things to dry, so I begin something new while I wait!  I find I am most creative late at night, when the house is quiet and I can totally immerse myself in my art without interruption.  I usually begin with backgrounds that I have created previously, then with a pencil or charcoal, I just trust and let go.  I never sit down and say, “I think I’ll paint a flower,” I just let my hand and my heart run free and the most unexpected things appear. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I hate it, but I know it is authentically me!


What makes your mixed-media art unique?
People seem to like my faces.  I study faces and expressions constantly.  I have filled entire sketchbooks with just noses and lips and eyes.  I love the eyes.  I think you can tell so much about a person by staring into their eyes.  It is probably my favorite thing to draw – even if it is a person that I have made up in my head, their eyes always tell their story.


Where can we find you?
Art to the 5th
The Documented Life Project

LoHeadshot Lorraine Bell
Artist.Wanderer.DreamerA self-taught Mixed Media Artist, Lorraine resides in Windermere, Florida. A recent empty nester, she fills her days with painting, traveling, and writing. She combines all three hobbies to create illustrated art journals bursting with her adventures on the road.

Lorraine is one of the 5 members of the Collaborative Team, ART TO THE 5TH. She created a visual calendar/journal that was the inspiration for The Documented Life Project, a year-long undertaking that encourages visual and written chronicles of daily life.

Lorraine has been involved in the Art Industry for 30 years, 20 of which were in the Cayman Islands. She teaches at local art stores and is developing several online workshops.

She is a lover of all things random, serendipitous and spontaneous. Besides being with her family, she would rather be creating with her friends than doing anything else on earth!

Lorraine is donating a Mixed Media Kit, bursting with over 50 new and vintage items including a hard cover journal with lined pages. Use these elements as a kit to create one project, or separate the pieces to be used in your own creative project! Each item has been lovingly hand picked and coordinated with the mixed media artist in mind!” Giveaway Kit

31 Responses to ~*~ Mixed Media May ~*~ Lorraine Bell ~*~

  1. Wanda A says:

    I’ve learned so much from you and the other A5 artists! Your story and art inspire me! Congrats on being a featured artist!!!

    • Lorraine says:

      Thank you Wanda! I was so humbled to have been asked – and I am so glad that the five of us have inspired you . . . that’s what we set out to do!

  2. Helmi Switzer says:

    Lorraine,you are an inspiration to all of us. Your story,your art,your journals ….so wonderful and full of life.

  3. Lois Stoneking says:

    What lovely pixtures. You are so talented Lorraine!!!

  4. Lynn Roberts says:

    Artist, teacher, friend! You are such an inspiration. Always willing to share what you do, I have learned so much in the months since we’ve “met”. Congratulations on your spot here at Mixed Media May!

  5. Sherrinda says:

    I’m always amazed at portraits and you are sooo good! I love it!

  6. Paige Joyce says:

    What a great interview! Lorraine, how wonderful to learn a bit more about you!! I am a DLP’er and your prototype for journaling/planner/sketch-art journal is such a super great idea!! The Art to the 5th Group has reached SO many people and brought satisfaction and joy to their lives through this project! Thanks for sharing your gift and yourself!!

  7. Roben-Marie says:

    I would know your work anywhere, Lo! You are an amazing artist and a beautiful person inside and out. Blessed to be your friend!! 🙂

    • Lorraine says:

      Thank you Roben-Marie, but it is me that is blessed to have you for a friend. You share so much in me being here in this place at this time – thanks for believing in me! I love you, my friend!

  8. SoloSong says:

    Beautiful, inspiring, encouraging & profound !!!

  9. Lynn Kopas says:

    Beautiful projects ! The faces in your art are so expressive! Thanks for sharing your lovely work.

  10. Kimberly Eddy says:

    Great interview! Love Lorraine’s art so much. She is oozing talent!!

  11. Lorraine says:

    Kimberly you are so thoughtful and thank you. I am truly humbled!

  12. Lorraine, I loved your interview ! I am in the DLP group and look forward to each week seeing what you have created! It’s fun to meet so many new online artists! Good luck in all your art projects!

  13. Sandy says:

    Lorraine I too loved the interview. You are certainly a gift to all of us DLPer’s!!! Your generosity in your gift of huge amounts of your time and creativity these days of gross exploitation is HUGE!!!! What you have simply given of yourself to at least 8,000 “artists” is truly an amazing gift. Thank you so much from the bottom of my soul. I look forward to every one of your posts. I have huge respect and admiration for you and your lovely co-horts at ART5. Thank you for brightening a little bit (and growing) sector of the this world we call home. You are a gift !!!

    • Lorraine says:

      Oh Sandy, what a beautiful thing to say and thank you so much. It truly is a labor of love for me and it’s the generosity of spirit among all of you that keeps me going – truly! You are a beautiful soul! Hugs to you!

  14. Canadianrobin says:

    I love your work. It is so serene yet the layers make it captivating.

  15. Hi..Your interview touched my heart. I am a doll maker, and just entered the mixed media world. I too Love faces. Most of my journal is faces. Expressions, especially in the eyes speak to me. I just love your work, and I would love to take a on-line class with you. Keeping my fingers crossed that one day, I can.
    Continued success!

  16. gloria says:

    Beautiful faces – thanks so much for sharing your art with us

  17. Great interview and beautiful inspirations!

  18. Smokie says:

    Eyes tell us more than mere words do every time we interact with someone. Your eyes do have a telling quality to them. I’m going to poke around your site to see more.

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