This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an amazing artist and survivor. Her spirit seems to shine through in everything she creates; whether it’s a painting or sculpture. I can’t wait to see what she dazzles us with next!
Who and where are you?
My name is Patience. I paint and sculpt and live with my husband and two children in a Midwestern university town amongst the glacier-flattened heartlands of Illinois.
How did you get started art blogging?
I admit I do adore writing, and find it therapeutic in many ways — helpful as it often is to me in processing and organizing my experiences and thoughts. As such I’ve been drawn to keeping online journals over the years — but it was back in 2007, inspired by other blogging artists, that I decided to initiate a blog that was mostly art-dedicated, both as a means to share, interact, and communicate with others as well as to chronicle my own artistic pursuits. Just recently however, I felt compelled to ‘re-launch’ my journal, so to speak, since most of this past year was spent taking a little unexpected blogging hiatus as I underwent various treatments for breast cancer — indeed, the year 2009 ended up being a bit of a ‘blackhole’ blog-wise (as well as art-wise) while I found myself focusing primarily on health and family. I’m glad to say it’s all happily behind me now though, here as I gradually ease myself back into all the activities, art and blogging included, that I’d temporarily set aside during that time of medical crisis….
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
Mostly I just want to encourage those of my fellow art bloggers whom may struggle with the Technical side of things, as I often find myself. Lucky are the artists who have natural geek abilities in addition to their artistic talents — they often have such wonderful sites, with all the bells and whistles. For me computers and gadgets and the technology that comes along with them have always been a challenge for whatever reason, just not intuitive at all — but I try not to let it hold me back. When I do come up against a tech roadblock of some kind, I get online and surf and read and research, ask my friends — there are so many well written ‘how-to’ tutorials available nowadays, in addition to forums with folks always willing to answer questions and help. In any case, it’s all just a big a learning process, and practice really does make it easier!
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?
While my musical tastes could likely be considered fairly eclectic – my ipod stocked with all manner of genre, from Classical to Classic Rock — I’m probably settling in mostly likely to listen to Alternative or Indie these days, with maybe with a little ’80’s thrown in. Otherwise if my iPod is not at hand, I will almost certainly have the radio on, tuned to our local NPR affiliate, as I’m a bit of a self-confessed current-events junkie, and like to keep on top of all the latest news, reports and interviews.
What’s coming next from your easel?
Currently I’m working on a large-scale (literally!) 3-D commission for a West Coast customer — I’ve been asked to create a 10-foot tall, papier mache replica of Lady Liberty…! Quite the project indeed, but a fun and challenging one. Once that wraps up, I’m planning to continue my explorations into papier mache — I just adore the medium and am still continuing to learn about it’s many qualities and potential (not to mention how it speaks to my recycling sensibilities). I’m also looking to eventually process my experiences as a recent breast cancer Survivor through my art one of these days — it’s all a bit fresh for me yet, and I may need a little more ‘step back’ time , still, it’s definitely something on my mind. In addition, I would also like to get back into entering EBSQ’s monthly shows on a more regular basis this year. In any event, I do know that whatever artwork I do in the future will involve ‘upcycling’ and ‘repurposing’ in some capacity — in light of our growing environmental problems, I feel strongly about these concepts, and made a self-imposed moratorium for myself some time ago against buying any new art supplies, aside from a few essential basics here and there (such as brushes and paint. Or duct tape!) as necessary. I’m feeling ever more strongly that if I can’t effectively express myself and create compelling and meaningful work using the myriad of materials and resources that I either already possess, can acquire second-hand, or which pass through my hands and home daily on its way to the landfill, I just couldn’t call myself an artist worth her salt….
Thank you Patience for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!
If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?